The winning video in this week’s AirVūz Drone Video of the Week contest went into production before “Mavic” was a word in our vocabulary.
Mexican drone pilot Tarsicio Sañudo spent five years creating the winning video called “Mexico: a trip of 5 years“, which was shot in more than 30 different locations around Mexico, including its coastlines, festivals, skylines and natural wonders.
Since the course of filming was over such a long time-span (especially in drone years!), Sañudo’s equipment matured a lot too. His film was shot on a total of six drones — all made by DJI: the Phantom 1, Phantom 2, Flame Wheel F450, Inspire 1, Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro.
Earlier this month, drone video sharing platform AirVūz launched a “Drone Video of the Week” contest, where one video maker is chosen each week to win $1,000. All drone videos uploaded to AirVūz.com are eligible to win, and the contest’s ending date is still indefinite.
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Here’s how the contest works: five videos are chosen each week by the AirVūz staff. Out of those five, fans will have the chance to vote each week between Monday and Wednesday to choose the final winner. Winning videos will be announced every Friday. Winners are eligible to re-enter every week, which means the contest could be a lucrative career for the most talent of the drone video makers out there.
The other four finalist videos this week were “The 10 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Sri Lanka,” “Mystic Iceland,” “My First Year of Filmmaking” and “EPIC Lofoten Islands in Winter.”
AirVūz spokesperson Tyler Mason told TheDroneGirl.com that videos are judged on qualities including quality of footage, piloting skills, editing techniques and music choice.
AirVūz is no stranger to hosting video contests. The social network also holds an annual video contest. See 2017’s winners here.