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The SkyPixel 7th Anniversary Contest award winners have just been announced. As you can probably guess from the name, the SkyPixel Contest, backed by DJI, is for aerial photography and videography shot with a drone. Let’s look at some winners.

About the contest

Now in its seventh year, the SkyPixel Contest is one of the biggest drone photography and videography competitions. This year there were almost 30,000 submissions from around the world. 

The competition has six video categories (Nature, City, Travel, FPV, Sport, and Showreel) and four photo categories (Nature, Architecture, Portrait, and Sport). 

The prizes were, to be honest, absolutely stellar:

And those aren’t even the top prizes. The Grand Prize winners (one each for videography and photography) were each awarded $7,500 worth of DJI products of their choosing, while the Mavic 3 Limited Award winner (for the best video and photo shot using a Mavic 3) were awarded $6,000 worth of DJI gear.

Given that the contest was completely free, it’s no wonder there were almost 30,000 entries!

Note: We can’t embed the video winners but you can check them all out here. We’ve also linked to a few of our favorites below. 

The Grand Prize Winners

A frozen lake from above with heavy snow.
Grand Prize winner, SkyPixel 7th Anniversary Contest. Zhu Jianxin

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Zhu Jianxin won the Grand Prize in photography for their stunning abstract shot of a frozen lake after heavy snow. 

Wenrui Ye won the Grand Prize in videography for their documentary about urban villages in Guangzhou, China. It’s 4:20 long, but it’s worth watching every second.

The Mavic 3 Limited Award

The China Animation Museum surrounded by mist.
Mavic 3 Limited Award winner, SkyPixel 7th Anniversary Contest. 张力视觉

张力视觉 won the Mavic 3 Limited Award in photography for this gorgeous shot of the China Animation Museum surrounded by mist. 

Wei Hai Su won the Mavic 3 Limited award in videography for their travel film in Tibet. (It’s basically a love letter to traveling with a drone!)

Nature Photography Award

A nature photo above that looks like "The Scream" painting.
1st place, Nature, SkyPixel 7th Anniversary Contest. Никита Духник

First place in the Nature category went to Никита Духник for their photo called “Scream”. It seems a fitting title for a stunning shot. 

A moody landscape photo with mountains, rivers, streams, and a very cloudy sky.
2nd place, Nature, SkyPixel 7th Anniversary Contest. Mark的视界

Second place went to SkyPixel user Mark的视界 for their shot taken in Xizang, China.

Sunset in the American West.
3rd place, Nature, SkyPixel 7th Anniversary Contest. Lou

And third place went to SkyPixel user Lou for a shot that looks like it was taken in the American West—though they claim it’s Mars.

Architecture Photography Award

A hillside covered in buildings with the same brown roofs.
1st place, Architecture, SkyPixel 7th Anniversary Contest. Sara Zanini

First place in Architecture went to Italian photographer Sara Zanini for their shot called “Perfect Chaos.” 

An abstract shot of a walkway over a snow covered field.
2nd place, Architecture, SkyPixel 7th Anniversary Contest. 不想取这破名儿

Second place when to SkyPixel user 不想取这破名儿 for their abstract shot taken in Hubei, China.

An abstract shot of a pier out into water with yellow trees.
3rd place, Architecture, SkyPixel 7th Anniversary Contest. GoEricGo

And third place went to SkyPixel user GoEricGo for their shot, also taken in Hubei, China.

Portrait Photography Award

A farmer collecting Bang grass in Vietnam.
1st place, Portraits, SkyPixel 7th Anniversary Contest. Binhd7

First place in the Portrait category went to SkyPixel user Binhd7 for their photo of a farmer collecting Bang grass in Vietnam. 

Portrait of a family seemingly sunbathing in the middle of a toxic lake.
2nd place, Portraits, SkyPixel 7th Anniversary Contest. 张扬的小 强

Second place went to SkyPixel user 张扬的小 强 for their wild portrait of a family seemingly sunbathing in the middle of a toxic lake. 

Portrait of a farmer in Guizhou, China.
3rd place, Portraits, SkyPixel 7th Anniversary Contest. 空山鸟语

Third place went to SkyPixel user 空山鸟语 for their portrait of a farmer in Guizhou, China.

Sports Photography Award

First place in the Sports cagetogy went to Ekaterina Polischuk for their beautiful photo of two people playing basketball on a colorful court (top of page).

A man in a pink bathing suit swims in a nearly frozen body of water.
2nd place, Sports, SkyPixel 7th Anniversary Contest. 行者

Second place went to SkyPixel user 行者 for their photo of someone having a very cold swim. 

Two rowing boats racing towards a bridge.
3rd place, Sports, SkyPixel 7th Anniversary Contest. AndyAndy

And third place went to SkyPixel user AndyAndy for their brilliant shot of two rowing boats racing towards a bridge.

How to enter next year’s contest

There aren’t any details yet on how to enter next year’s SkyPixel contest. We’d suggest joining the SkyPixel community to be kept up to date. Entries are likely to open in December 2022.

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