Skypixel Announces Winners of Its First Annual Creative Video Contest

BY Zacc Dukowitz
12 January 2022

Skypixel is usually associated with the annual aerial photo and video contest that it does in partnership with DJI, which is now in its seventh straight year.

But Skypixel also has a new contest that it ran with DJI for the first time in 2021, called the Creative Video Contest.

While the annual aerial photo and video contest features videos and stills shot on drones, the Creative Video Contest features work shot on DJI’s cameras.

Winners were announced for the new contest recently, and now we get to see the stunning results.

Winners from the 2021 Creative Video Contest

Here’s an overview of the contest details:

  • Camera requirements. Entrants had to use a DJI camera for at least 50% of the footage in their videos—options include the Action 2, Pocket 2, OM 5, OM 4, Osmo Mobile 3, Osmo Action, Osmo Pocket, Ronin S, Ronin SC, RS 2, RSC 2, Ronin 2.
    Length. Videos could only be five minutes or less.
  • Prizes. $46,000 worth of prizes were offered, including a Grand Prize that includes a DJI coupon of $7,500, a Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera with an RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens Kit, an Audi e-tron 1:18 model car, Audi sports watch, and Audi Heritage messenger bag.

Here are the first place winners, organized by category.

Grand Prize

“Tuscany through Art” by SkyPixel contributor Sergio Mota.

TUSCANY through ART | Cinematic Travel Video 4K


This is one of the most unique and creative short films I’ve seen. I love the way the visual effects are incorporated in surprising ways and the film has a really cool aesthetic overall. This was a clear winner in my opinion.

– Michael Bishop, Judge

See more of Sergio’s work on their YouTube channel.

Pro Video Prize

“Feeling Africa” by SkyPixel contributor DCoedel.

Feeling Africa | Cinematic travel video

See more of DCoedel’s work on their YouTube channel.

First Place Winners

There were six different first place winners this year. Below you’ll find two of the six winning first place videos—visit the Skypixel site to see the other four.

“UP FROM” by SkyPixel contributor Lbm. Pict.

See more of Lbm.’s work on their YouTube channel.

“Memories from Venezia” by SkyPixel contributor Denis Barbas.

Memories from VENEZIA - Cinematic Short Film Sony A7III (+ Tamron 28-75mm f2.8)

See more of Denis’ work on their YouTube channel.

It’s important to note that these are just the top winners from the contest. There are still a lot more incredible videos that won 2nd and 3rd place, as well as several winning 15 second shorts and nominated entries that are all worth checking out.

Got a video in the works that you’d like to submit for this contest?

The second annual Creative Video Contest will most likely open for submissions in October (the submission period for the 2021 contest ran from October 27—December 6). Learn more on the Skypixel website.

Skypixel Opens Submissions for 7th Annual Aerial Photo & Video Contest


Skypixel’s annual contest has become a mainstay of the drone industry.

Every year, the contest showcases some of the best aerial photography and videography from around the world (check out the winners from the 2021 contest), with winners getting lots of high quality drone gear from DJI, Skypixel’s partner in the contest.

And now the 2022 contest, which will be the 7th in a row, is open for submissions. If you’ve been itching to share your aerial art, this could be the venue for you.

The contest opened for submissions on December 21, of last year and will be open until February 21 of this year, so you still have time to enter your work.
Learn more about the contest and how to enter on the Skypixel website.

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