SkyPixel 2020 drone contest

DJI’s SkyPixel 2020 drone contest now accepting aerial photos and videos

Everyone is making year in review posts on their Instagram accounts right now. Whether or not that you’s, there’s still a good reason to look back at all the photos you took in 2019. Yours might be worth something.

SkyPixel, a drone photo-sharing community affiliated with DJI, is back for its fifth year, and prizes look better (and far more valuable) than ever. And you can enter your photos and videos into the SkyPixel 2020 drone contest now, with prizes worth well over a combined $100,000 in value, including a Nikon Z6 camera with accessories, a DJI Mavic 2 Pro, WD My Passport Wireless SSD and more.

The SkyPixel 2020 drone photo contest is accepting entries between now and February 2, 2020. New this year: an additional category called Aerial Story which is mostly capitalizing on the nostalgia of the milestone ‘5’ year.

SkyPixel 2020 drone contest
A winning image from one of the previous SkyPixel drone contests.

The 2020 SkyPixel Aerial Photo & Video Contest will have a total of 9 storytelling categories in both photography and video. A total of 56 awards will be doled out among those categories totaling $117,000 in value.

This year’s video categories are:

  • Nature: Capture footage of natural scenery, wildlife and landscapes
  • City: Showcase the beauty of urban landscapes and man-made architecture
  • Sport: Capture moments in movement and the power and energy of humans doing sports
  • Travel: Share a story about humanity, culture, or your unforgettable adventure (people should be included in these videos)

This year’s photo categories are:

  • Portrait: Encapsulate a person’s expression, action or life’s passion in the vast beauty of their surroundings
  • Nature: Capture a moment in time and reveal the true beauty of nature
  • Architecture: Discover amazing structures from a new perspective
  • Sport: Capture the energy and excitement of an athlete pursuing their dreams
  • Aerial Story: Share your most memorable aerial journey with the drone

The submissions will be judged by a panel including pro windsurfer Jamie Hancock, Australian music and travel photographer Jarred Seng and Nikon ambassador Chris McLennan.

2018 SkyPixel Aerial Photo & Video Contest
A winner from the 2018 version of the SkyPixel contest.

Some important answers to questions about the SkyPixel 2020 drone contest

For starters, don’t enter an opus. Video submissions cannot be longer than five minutes. But you can get creative with ground-based footage too. To be eligible to win, a minimum of just 30 seconds of the total video needs to have come from a drone.

Great news: even if you don’t have DJI gear yourself, you can still enter — whether your photo was shot on a competitor drone like a Yuneec Typhoon, or even a low-cost drone like a Tello. DJI explicitly states that there is no restriction on the brand of gear you use.

If you have an old photo, you can enter it too. The rules don’t seem to indicate that the photos must have been shot over the past year, though you can’t have entered a photo you already entered in past years.

And if you want to get real crazy, you can. Participants can submit as many photos or videos as they wish.

Plus, if this is your first time entering a Skypixel contest, there’s one more good reason to enter: all first-time entrants will receive a ‘New User Reward’ which is essentially a coupon for 20% off any DJI accessory.

Find more details, information and FAQs at the official SkyPixel site here.

What happens after I enter my aerial photos or videos into the contest?

From there, you sit and wait until the submission period closes on February 03, 2020. A month later, on March 3, the SkyPixel 2020 drone contest winners will be announced.

DJI Store Skypixel gallery
I got to visit the DJI Store Skypixel Gallery at the DJI Hong Kong Flagship store during by visit in January 2018. It was amazing!

After the show, DJI flagship stores will include a SkyPixel exhibition featuring some of the top entries. The exhibits are expected to open by spring of 2020. I got to visit one of the past year’s exhibits during a trip to the DJI Flagship Store in Hong Kong, and it was one of the best parts of my trip!

SkyPixel has been around since 2014 as a way for drone pilots to upload, organize and share their work. Five contests (and 150,000 submissions) later, the community now claims more than 18 million members from 140 countries.

For some inspiration, here were the winners from the SkyPixel 2018 contest, 2017 and 2016.

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