SkyPixel, one of the world’s most popular aerial photography (opens in new tab) communities, today announced the winners of the 8th annual SkyPixel Photo & Video Contest. Co-organized with DJI, this year’s competition attracted over 65,000 submissions – a 120% increase from last year.
The contest welcomed creations from across the community, which includes professional photographers, aerial enthusiasts, and many new talents, all inspiring each other to share their visual and personal stories all captured from the best DJI drones.
This year’s video judging panel, which includes award-winning cinematographers and directors of photography, chose Bashir Abu Shakra’s video, “Why I Travel the World Alone,” (opens in new tab) as the 2023 Grand Prize winner.
Above: Bashir Abu Shakra’s video, “Why I Travel the World Alone.”
This autobiographical short film captures a mixture of sweeping mountaintop landscapes with Shakra’s childhood family recordings to share his personal journey, complete with every struggle and dream that he turned into reality.
This year’s photo judging panel, chose Khánh Phan’s photo, Floral Dress” (opens in new tab) for the stills Grand Prize. This bird’s-eye portrait reveals two women wading in a pond as they collect a harvest of water lilies, whose white and magenta blooms create a floating floral dress. Judge Anne Farrar notes: “A near-perfect color scheme with lovely waves of flowers moving across the frame, this beautiful image is so well-composed and balanced, it brings a sense of beauty and calmness.”
Captured in her hometown of Long An, Vietnam, Khán Phan wanted to share a time-honored tradition of her ancestors. “They have worked as water lily pickers for many years, having learned the craft from their mothers and grandmothers. I believe these women are most beautiful when working because labor creates value and happiness. They also let me express my mission to create what is hard to imagine, and I am truly grateful to them.”
With the distinction of Annual Best Work prizes, Bashir Abu Shakra and Khánh Phan will each receive over $15K (approximately £12,500 / AU$22,225) in prizes that include a Hasselblad 907X (opens in new tab) Anniversary Edition Kit, and a trophy.
Other notable entries:
The SkyPixel team is hopeful that these prizes will continue to encourage the winners to pursue their passion into a growing hobby or burgeoning career, and in turn, inspire the communities around them.
In addition to the Annual Best Works, the SkyPixel contest also awarded winners in the following categories.
To view all the photos and videos of these winners you can visit the official SkyPixel website (opens in new tab) . Taking a look at these amazing images and videos really does make you want to take flight with your drone and explore the world around you.
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