SkyPixel, an aerial photography community with over six million registered users and thousands of aerial images and videos uploaded daily by users from around the world, announced the winners of its 2018 Aerial Storytelling Contest. This year’s contest attracted over 30,000 submissions from professional photographers, videographers, aerial enthusiasts and content creators from 141 countries.
Grand Prize winner in the Photo Category Deryk Baumgartner used his Mavic Pro to capture the sun-bathed monastery rising out of fog, framed by the ribbons of water on Mont Saint Michel in northern France. “I was sitting on a rock fighting with stubborn wind and thick rain for the whole morning. The sun came up when I was just about to stand up and go home,” Baumgartner explained.
By Khanh Phan. "These women are washing each gun flower, bundling it into a bundle to bring it to market. They put flowers into a circle that looks very beautiful."
The contest was co-organised with DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology. DJI was founded and is still run by a team of people with a passion for remote-controlled helicopters and experts in flight-control technology and camera stabilization. Every year, SkyPixel organises aerial photo and video contests to call on creators around the world to share their artwork and stories captured from above. This contest marked the inaugural celebration for both photographers and videographers to come together in a single event.
The Video Category Grand Prize winner Ain Raadik, who shared a collection of adventures from his travels across New Zealand, Japan & around his home in Australia, explains that “instead of staying put in one place, my life stories are being told through accumulating explorations of new places with my Inspire 2.”