SkyPixel and DJI kicked off their first aerial video contest for the year. The 2017 SkyPixel Video Contest runs until August 2 and welcomes all drone users to submit their vision of the world in video format to any of three categories: Nature, City, or Sport.

This contest is open to participants from around the world, whether a new drone user, a professional videographer, or someone just wanting to showcase their creativity from above.

According to Danny Zheng, DJI VP of marketing, “this art form is very much about storytelling and allows people to see or experience something different or otherwise out of reach. With this video contest, we hope it will expand creative possibilities even further and allow people to explore the world like never before.”

Participants can submit their work in any one of the following categories:

– Nature: Tell a story with landscape shots, revealing the secrets of Mother Nature from above.
– City: Capture the character of a city’s transformation or show places known and loved, but from a brand new perspective.
– Sport: Capture the energy and excitement behind a sport or an athlete pursuing their dreams.

Videos captured from any type of aerial platform are welcome. Submissions should not be longer than five minutes and should include at least 30 seconds of aerial footage.

One Grand Prize winner will be selected out of all the entries. The winner will receive a DJI Inspire 2 Premium Combo, Nikon D750 Body + 24-70 mm VR 2.8 Lens, Suunto Spartan Ultra Copper Special Edition (HR) Watch, LaCie d2 Thunderbolt 3 Hard Drive, an Oakley Latch Prizm Sunglasses, and a Tourism Australia Travel Package. Other prizes include the DJI Phantom 4 Pro, DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo, and DJI Spark.

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SkyPixel will also give out a People’s Choice Prize to the top 10 most liked videos (cut-off time for voting is August 2, 14:00 CST). Winners will receive a DJI Osmo Mobile, LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C Hard Drive, Suunto Traverse Alpha Black Watch, and an Oakley Latch Prizm Sunglasses.

The 2017 SkyPixel Video Contest is hosted by DJI, and is sponsored by Nikon, Adidas, and Raffles City.

Some of the judges are: Phil Pastuhov, aerial director of photography whose credits include the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Godzilla, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2; Ning Hao, director and screenwriter of Chinese blockbusters; Ryan Hosking, the youngest feature film aerial director of photography; Filipe DeAndrade, 10-time Emmy award-winning director of photography, wildlife ambassador for National Geographic, and Nat Geo WILD; Robin Mahieux; David Etienne, TV producer, director, pilot, and commercial drone pilot; Andy Best; Josh Raab, multimedia editor at TIME and professor at the International Center of Photography; and Brad Rickman, digital director for Condé Nast Traveler.

The winner/s will be announced on August 31 (CST).