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Top Picks from the 2017 SkyPixel Photo Contest

- 6 years ago

SkyPixel, the global aerial photography organisation and coordinated in association with drone manufacturer, DJI, has chosen some of the greatest aerial stories submitted into this year’s SkyPixel Photo Storytelling Contest

Emerald gem of the lake Baikai

Geometry of Liquid Gold.

Photographs as diverse as a crystal selfie in the middle of Lake Baikal to a polar bear hunt in Nunavut, every picture offers a story in its own right. These photographs don’t just represent a selection of the best work in the contest so far, but they also capture some of the key moments of the year as we start to look into 2018.

Mother and child

Polar bear hunting

Danny Zheng, DJI’s Vice President of Marketing, told PhotoBite: “The SkyPixel platform has become a gathering place for aerial photographers, creators and artists, to share, to inspire and to provide us with unique perspectives of the world. With the new ‘Story’ category, we hope to provide participants more creative freedom and a chance to curate their story. The entries we’ve seen so far have exceeded our expectations and we hope they will also serve as inspirations for others who plan to take part.”


The 2017 SkyPixel Photo Contest will continue to accept entries through until 29th December 2017. Entrants can send their photographs into three categories: Story, Portrait & LandscapePortrait, [each demanding a series of pictures shot from the ground and from the air], for a chance to win approximately $15K of prizes.

Drying clothes in autumn

Drying nature

Prizes will be announced on the 31st Jan 2018 and the Grand Prize winner will include including a DJI Inspire 2 with Zenmuse X7 DL-S 16mm F2.8 ND ASPH, an iPhone X 256G, a Nikon D850 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body, a Lowepro Pro Runner RL x450 AW II, a Manfrotto MKBFRC4-BH Befree Carbon Fiber Tripod with Ball Head, and more.


From there, Professional and Enthusiast groups will have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize in each category, with prize funds of up to $7,000. SkyPixel will also present a Popular Prize reward to the top ten most liked entries and an additional nine will stand to win Nominated Entries rewards.

To enter, click HERE

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Read Top Picks from the 2017 SkyPixel Photo Contest

Simon Skinner

Co-founder // Editor

Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.