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This AirVuz drone racing video contest comes with a $1,000 prize

There’s no shortage of drone photo and video contests for those images of stunning landscapes and unique angles.

But what about those sweet FPV racing and freestyle videos? There’s a contest for those too.

Even better, the best FPV Video comes with an $1,000 prize.

AirVuz is hosting its first-ever 2017 AirVūz Drone Video Awards. AirVuz is a drone video site with a heavy emphasis on racing and FPV freestyle drone videos. 36,000 videos have been submitted and uploaded to the site between the time it launched in 2015 and Oct. 1. Continue reading This AirVuz drone racing video contest comes with a $1,000 prize

The 3rd annual FRiFF drone film festival is coming this November to San Francisco

The 3rd annual Flying Robot international Film Festival (FRiFF) returns to San Francisco’s Roxie Cinema on Thursday, Nov. 16.

Flying Robot is a short film festival focused on aerial cinema created from the perspective of drones.

Have you got a video worthy of winning? Submissions for the 2017 festival are now being accepted, and festival participation is open to anyone around the world.

To enter, submit a film that is less than five minutes long by the deadline on Sept. 18. Films should primarily be shot from the perspective of a drone, though they do not need to exclusively contain aerial footage. And of course, the film festival isn’t simply looking for pretty shots, but rather films that tell a story.

“We’re not interested in seeing what your backyard looks like, unless your backyard is full of alligators or kangaroos or something.” according to the organizers. “Judges will shine favorably upon films with a good story.

Continue reading The 3rd annual FRiFF drone film festival is coming this November to San Francisco

DJI’s AirWorks enterprise drone conference headed to Colorado in November

Looking to use off-the-shelf drones for commercial use cases, like agriculture, construction, inspections or public safety?

DJI is hosting its own enterprise drone conference called AirWorks this November 7-9 in Denver, Colorado. Registration is now open here. This is the second year in a row that DJI has hosted the AirWorks conference.

The three-day event is set to include presentations, workshops and training sessions. The workshops will be broken down into five tracks: agriculture, construction, energy, infrastructure, and public safety. Continue reading DJI’s AirWorks enterprise drone conference headed to Colorado in November

DARTdrones adds specialty drone training: journalism, roof inspections, search and rescue, and mapping with DroneDeploy

Use coupon code “dronegirl10” to get 10% off any of the DARTdrones course listed below.

By now you’ve probably got your Part 107 and are likelu looking to up your skill set to distinguish yourself from the 300,000 other Federal Aviation Administration-certified remote pilots out there.

DARTdrones, which most closed a $300,000 investment from Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank judge Mark Cuban in an episode of the show that aired in February,  is now offering four new specialty drone training courses.

The drone training startup is teaming up with drone mapping software startup DroneDeploy to offer an Aerial Mapping and Modeling course. It will be a two day course that goes over how to collect, analyze and export drone mapping and modeling data.

The group will also offer a Drone Journalism Workshop focused on broadcast journalists that teaches not just how to become a certified drone pilot, but how to apply for and receive a waiver. One of the teachers includes Pulitzer Prize-sharing photojournalist Kevin Coughlin, whose work has been published in the New York Times.

DARTdrones’ Rapid Daytime Search and Rescue Workshop will be geared toward emergency responders who want to learn how to use drones to find missing people. The workshop is the first in a series of public-safety focused courses coming soon, including using drones for accident investigation, water rescue and fire scene operations.

The fourth of DARTdrones’ newly announced courses is an aerial roof inspections course.

All four drone specialty workshops will be offered three different times in 2017 at various locations around the country.

Use coupon code “dronegirl10” to get 10% off any of the above DARTdrones courses.

DARTdrones was created by  serial entrepreneur Abby Speicher and employs dozens of flight instructors to carry out drone training courses around the United States.

National Geographic and SkyPixel: two drone photo contests are accepting entries

Have an awesome drone image you took in the past year? There’s not one, but TWO major drone photo contests happening now.

For those of you interested in still photography…

Dronestagram’s International Drone Photography Contest with National Geographic

Dronestagram is hosting its fourth annual drone photo contest in partnership with National Geographic. There are three photo categories: nature, urban and people.

See the winner’s of the 2016 Dronestagram photography contest here.

Submissions will be accepted until June 30 at 1 p.m. GMT, and awards will be announced on July 3.

The top prize? Getting published in National Geographic magazine. Enter Dronestagram’s Drone Photography Contest here.

And over in the land of aerial video, there’s…

DJI’s SkyPixel 2017 Aerial Video Contest

SkyPixel is hosting the 2017 SkyPixel Video Contest, which is accepting entries between June 2 and August 2.

See the winner’s of the 2016 SkyPixel photo contest here.

There are three categories: Nature, City, and Sport.  Submissions should not be longer than five minutes and should include at least 30 seconds of aerial footage. And while the contest is hosted by DJI, videos captured from any type of aerial platform are welcome.

Prizes include a DJI Inspire 2 Premium Combo, Nikon D750 Body + 24-70 mm VR 2.8 Lens, a DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo, DJI Spark and more.

There’s also a People’s Choice Prize for the top ten most liked videos.

Enter DJI’s SkyPixel Video contest here.
Good luck to all who are entering, and happy flying!




Drone Girl to fly-in to DroneDeploy’s Girls in Tech meetup

Another female-focused drone event is happening in the San Francisco Bay Area! How does a Friday Fly Day sound?

I’m excited to announce I’ll be partnering with cloud software platform DroneDeploy for their Fly Day on Friday, May 5 from 3:30 to 9 p.m.

We’ll be flying drones at the Berkeley Marina, making maps, and learning about how drone mapping is driving job creation worldwide. After flying, we will return to DroneDeploy HQ for their traditional Friday BBQ.

Here’s the schedule:

3:30 pm – Meet at Berkeley Marina
3:30-4:00 pm – Intro to DroneDeploy
4:00-6:00 pm – Flying Drones with the Team
6:00-6:45 pm – Return to SF (Transportation will be provided.)
7:00-9:00 pm – BBQ at DroneDeploy HQ

I love a good Friday Fly Day!

At the event, you’ll get to meet leading drone experts including DroneDeploy cofounder Jono Millin, humanitarian UAV practitioner Jessie Mooberry, drone marketer Kara Murphy, and DroneDeploy philanthropy director Samantha Salis.

RSVP here, and check out their event page on Facebook to see who else is going!

Nominate a “Women to Watch” award winner, announced at the Drone360 ASCEND conference

Odds are, you know an awesome woman in the drone industry. She could be a stellar pilot, a talented artist, a rockstar businesswoman, a brilliant engineer or an entrepreneur.

So many women are shaping the drone industry, and I’ve written about many of them here (though there are far too many to profile all of them!).

Women and Drones, in partnership with Drone360 magazine and the ASCEND drone business conference, is announcing a global search for women impacting the drone industry. The Women to Watch Award Committee is conducting a global search for women impacting the drone industry through achievements in technology, business, governmental relations, advocacy, education, research, journalism, agriculture, and more. Nominations can be submitted online at

Submissions will be accepted until May 15, 2017.

Award recipients will be honored at the ASCEND Conference & Expo, July 19-21, 2017 in Portland, OR. In addition to this Award, ASCEND will provide a meaningful platform to help women share ideas, network with like-minded professionals, and be recognized for their accomplishments.

A roundtable discussion for Women in Drones will be offered as a networking breakfast session (which I’ll be speaking at!).

Nominate someone today, and I’ll see you in Portland!