Australian Association for Unmanned Systems


Drone Photo Competition


AAUS National Drone Photography Competition

Running along side our “Transforming Australia with Drone Technology” conference in association with Avalon 2017, AAUS is proud to hold the first national drone photo competition to highlight the skills of our drone professionals.   

Finalists for the competition will have their drone  imagery displayed at Avalon on Tuesday February 28 during the AAUS conference and also during the Drone Showcase at Avalon between March 3-5.

ABOUT

PROUDLY SPONSORED BY:

AAUS is proud to announce the inaugural National Drone Photography Competition. This annual competition aims to:

1. Recognise the skill and artistry that goes into capturing aerial imagery from a drone;
2. Showcase and promote the Australian drone photography industry; and 
3. Foster greater public awareness of the positive application for drones.  

Got a great image? Want to be nationally recognised for your skills? Want to named as one of Australia's best drone photographer? Then enter your image now!

Photo submissions from professional and amateur photographers are now open. Be in the running for cash prizes, and have your photo exhibited at the 2017 Australian International Air Show and AAUS Transforming Australia with Drone Technology Conference. 


Please read the below criteria and submission categories. Entries close 17th February.


COMPETITION CATEGORIES

There are 3 competition categories:


Best Image that captures Australia's natural beauty

This category is for an image taken from a drone highlighting Australia's natural beauty.  It may include a beautiful landscape, sunset, or landmark and display wildlife captured artistically. This category will be judged on the artistic value of the image.

Best image demonstrating a drone application 

This category is for an image taken from a drone that highlights an application. Examples include agricultural, sports event, real estate, wildlife monitoring or science.  This image will be judged on the difficulty obtaining and the value of the imagery taken.

Best image of a drone at work / in society

This category is for an image displaying a drone at work or in the community. The photo does not need to be taken from a drone but must feature a drone. The photo will be judged on how well it showcases the technology and its positive impact on society. 

PRIZES


The winner of each category will receive $500 in cash and the title of Drone Photographer of the Year in the appropriate category.

Second prize in each category will receive $250 in cash.

In addition, all first and second prize winners will receive one years' free corporate membership with AAUS (valued at $200 for individuals or $1000 for organisations).

The top finalists in each category will have their submissions displayed at the Australian International Air Show and the AAUS Transforming Australia with Drone Technology Conference. Images will also be displayed on the AAUS website and social media pages.

Cash prizes have been generously sponsored by Flight Data Systems. Want to make the jump to become a professional drone operator? Flight Data Systems are an approved delegate for CASA and can process your applications for Remote Pilot Operator's Certificate. More information:  www.flightdata.com.au


RULES AND ELIGIBILITY 


- Competition is open to all Australian residents, professionals and amateurs

- Submission of photos must be made by 5pm (AEDT) February 17, 2017

- A maximum of 2 photos per award category can be submitted by any individual or organisation

- Imagery should be submitted in high resolution (suitable for A1 large format printing). 

- Jpg, png, tiff image file formats are acceptable.

- All imagery must have been obtained legally by the person making the submission (refer to CASA Part 101).

- Please ensure your photo does not include any copyright infringements and any permissions required of individuals in your photos.

- All imagery must be made available for AAUS to freely display at Avalon 2017 and for future promotional activity

- Judging will be performed by an independent panel and winners announced at the Avalon Airshow.

- By submitting your photo you agree to grant AAUS copyright approval to display and reproduce your image for the purposes of the competition and other promotional events. Full acknowledgment /attribution of original authorship will be made.



RESULTS

Over 100 photographs were entered in the competition and accredited photography judges independently judged each photograph against the competition category criteria before the winners were determined.

So to the Prize Winners!

Best Image that captures Australia's natural beauty

Winner:  Simon Wilson (Mangroves: Myall River, Tea Gardens, NSW.  Shot 21/1/2017 with DJI Mavic Pro)


Runner Up:  Phil Dunbabin (Image taken Seaford, VIC with DJI Inspire 1 Pro with X5 camera)


Category Finalists (in no particular order):

  • Andrew Bartlett
  • Garon Frey
  • John Morrison
  • Matthew Adams
  • Ondrej Garaz
  • Peter Beaumont
  • Simon Wojcik
  • Tim Cheetham


Best image demonstrating a drone application

Winner:  Chris Watson (Wheat Harvest Canowindra NSW, 19/12/16, Phantom 4)


Runner Up:  Garon Frey (01/02/17 Twilight Racing River Derwent Tasmania, Inspire X5)


Category Finalists (in no particular order):

  • Andrew Bartlett (05)
  • Andrew Bartlett (06)
  • Gregory Farrugia (01)
  • Gregory Farrugia (06)
  • Penny Pragnell (01)
  • Penny Pragnell (02)
  • Peter Beaumont
  • S
  • Joshua Brooks-Allen


Best image of a drone at work / in society


Winner:  Anthony Shorten (Shot whilst setting up our Cinestar 8 Drone and Movi M5 Gimbal for a last light shot in western NSW for the TV show The Last Leg Down Under)


Runner Up:  Garon Frey (05/06/16 Frederick Henry Bay Tasmania, Inspire X5, Sony Alpha 6000)


Category Finalists (in no particular order):

  • Andrew Bartlett (05)
  • Andrew Bartlett (06)
  • Gregory Farrugia (01)
  • Gregory Farrugia (06)
  • Penny Pragnell (01)
  • Penny Pragnell (02)
  • Sam Prudden
  • Joshua Brooks-Allen



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