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SkyPixel Gives You The Best in Aerial Photography for 2017



SkyPixel Gives You The Best in Aerial Photography for 2017

SkyPixel Gives You The Best in Aerial Photography for 2017


From searing deserts to icy polar caps, geometric sports arenas to autumnal forests – SkyPixel has unveiled their Photo Story Contest winners for 2017. As one of the world’s most popular aerial photography communities, run in conjunction with DJI, Skypixel ran the contest from October until December last year. Over 44,000 submissions were received from participants in 141 countries, and traversed the globe under the categories of Landscape, Portrait and Story.

We’ve already noted French photographer Florian Ledoux’s fantastic work in the Arctic Circle, showcasing his drone video footage of a Narwhal in Nunavut, Canada. Now, he has achieved a deserving accolade in the form of Grand Prize for 2017, for his capture of the memorable moment of a polar bear as it jumped across ice floes using his Phantom 4 Pro, titled “Above The Polar Bear”.

“I have witnessed incredible moments and scenes of the wild but I can guarantee you that this, by far, is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen,” he said, “I hope that future generations will still be able to witness the beauty and grandeur of the Arctic wildlife the same way we do today.”

Jarrad Seng, a SkyPixel judge, photographer, filmmaker and creative director based in Australia, noted regarding Ledoux’s image, “There are images that might impress you with their technical mastery, and then there are images that make you feel something. This photograph floored me. It’s especially poignant given the climate crisis our world is facing right now.” As the Grand Prize winner, Ledoux has won prizes amounting to $15,095 USD, which includes a DJI Inspire 2 in addition to other products from SkyPixel sponsors.

Florian Ledoux - Above The Polar Bear

Florian Ledoux / SkyPixel

“The SkyPixel Photo Contest of 2017 is now the world’s largest aerial photography contest, breaking the record it created in 2016,” said Danny Zheng, Vice President of Marketing at DJI. “SkyPixel was initially established to provide a platform for aerial photographers to share their creativity and unique perspectives of the world. Today, it has evolved to a global platform where we are able to document remarkable moments from once inaccessible areas of the world for future generations to witness and appreciate.”

Here are the top prizes across all categories, starting with professional photographers and followed by winning images from the drone enthusiast section.

Professional SkyPixel Award Winners

First Prize for Landscape was won by Burmese aerial photographer Zay Yar Lin for this image entitled, “Sun’s Up, Net’s Out”. Zay Yar Lin wrote, “An Intha fisherman sets up his net to fish as he paddles his boat with a unique leg-rowing technique in Mayanmar’s Inle Lake”.

Zay Yar Lin - Sun's Up, Net's Out

Zay Yar Lin / SkyPixel

First Prize for Portrait was claimed by Petra Leary, a New Zealand-based aerial photographer, the geometric “Balmoral Ball”, a depiction of Auckland’s hidden basketball courts.

Petra Leary - Balmoral Ball

Petra Leary / SkyPixel

First Prize for Story went to this amazing abstract aerial image titled “Earth War” by Chinese drone photographer “In the Higher Sky“. The extraordinarily beautiful image of mine tailings is described as a comment on on the rapid development of human civilization: “Human beings are rich in invention and creativity. They can also create a distinctive visual beauty in the process of industrial pollution and destruction of nature”.

Earth War - 人造自然启示录

人造自然启示录 / SkyPixel

Enthusiast SkyPixel Award Winners

First Enthusiast Prize for Landscape is an intricate portrayal of baby lobsters being bred on a farm by Vietnamese aerial photographer Trung Pham.
Trung Pham Lobster Farm

Trung Pham / SkyPixel

First Enthusiast Prize for Portrait went to this stunning image titled “Dancer” by Chinese aerial photographer cocoanext. A translation of the image’s description says, “Shanghai’s only nearly 190-year-old courtyard house with northern features is rarely seen in the south, where dancers dance not only with skirts but also old Shanghai memories”.

Cocoanext - Dancer

Cocoanext / SkyPixel

First Enthusiast Prize for Story was won by another aerial photographer from China – for this photo of fishing in a river. It forms part of a series, which is described as “Myanmar’s Inu River, the ancient and unique fishing methods, attracting countless tourists to watch, and now has become a show.”

River Inu - 水庆华

水庆华 / SkyPixel

SkyPixel judges, who included Josh Raab, Multimedia Editor at TIME and professor at the International Center of Photography, Chris McLennan, international landscape and wildlife photographer and Pat Kay, award-winning photographer and content creator, also awarded an additional 9 entries as “Nominated Entries” as well as highlighted the top ten most liked photos as recipients of the “Popular Prize”.

Popular Prize Top 10

You can view the other award winners over at SkyPixel.

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Cite this article as: Sarah Whittaker, "SkyPixel Gives You The Best in Aerial Photography for 2017," in, February 1, 2018,

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