australia-from-above-drone-skypixel-piotr-parzybokSkypixel and Tourism Australia just launched a new drone photography contest, Australia From Above to showcase the breathtaking natural beauty of Australian nature, culture and spirit.

Skypixel, DJI’s sharing community founded in 2014, quickly established itself as leading global community for aerial photographers and cinematographers.

Its annual drone photo contest had huge success last year, attracting over 27,000 entries from all over the globe (did you see the stunning drone photo winners of 2016 Skypixel?).

This year, in collaboration with the world’s leading drone development and manufacturing company DJI, and Australian Government agency Tourism Australia, they launched their first ever country-specific aerial photography contest, Australia From Above

There is no wonder why this particular country was picked for this contest: spectacular and amazingly diverse landscapes make it a wonderful place for inspiration and creativity of aerial artists.

According to Lisa Ronson, Chief Marketing Officer at Tourism Australia:

“Drone photography is gaining huge popularity in Australia, with the country home to a rising number of very talented aerial photographers. Advances in technology are enabling us to tell Australia’s story in ways previously not possible, and the levels of engagement we get when we share some of these amazing drone clips on our social channels is just extraordinary. It’s really exciting to be part of a competition which provides such a great platform for this new generation of content creators to capture the rich colours, patterns and textures of Australia’s diverse landscape and share this with the rest of the world.”

Australia From Above is welcoming Australia’s residents as well as visitors, both professional photographers and enthusiasts, and encouraging photos of any topic, from any aerial platform.

Entries are accepted from March 2 to May 2, 2017, with award announcements taking place on May 19, 2017. 

The panel of judges consists of four renowned photographers and influencers:

  • Kirk Hille: the winner of Skypixel’s 2015 global aerial photography competition
  • Tom Rex Jessett: Traveller, professional photographer, and social media influencer
  • Mike O’Connor: editor of Australian photography magazine
  • Lisa Ronson: Chief Marketing Officer, Tourism Australia

Are there competition prizes? The contest sponsors DJI and Tourism Australia have plenty of them, and they are all fantastic!

The Grand Prize, totalling AUD 27,000, will consist of a DJI Inspire 2 Premium Combo, return airfares for two (from any capital city in Australia) to Kangaroo Island, South Australia with two nights luxury all-inclusive accommodation, and also a trip to Lord Howe Island, New South Wales, with two return airfares and two nights all-inclusive accommodation at Capella Lodge.

The winners of the second and third place, among a bunch of other great stuff, will get a DJI Phantom 4 Pro, an Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan (1-year membership), a DJI Mavic Pro, and Epson Moverio BT-300 Smartglasses.

10 more lucky photographers will also receive other awesome prizes.

Fancy winning? Time to brush up your drone photography skills (and be in with a chance to win a luxury getaway)!

Top image credits: © Skypixel/Piotr Parzybok