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Aerial photography community SkyPixel is launching an aerial photography contest in cooperation with DJI and Tourism Australia to showcase the natural beauty of the Land Down Under. The Australia From Above contest's aim is to inspire aerial photographers from around the world to experience and share new photographic perspectives of Australia. The contest is open from March 3 to May 2 to both professionals and enthusiasts. 

"Drone photography is gaining huge popularity in Australia, with the country home to a rising number of very talented aerial photographers," said Lisa Ronson, Chief Marketing Officer, Tourism Australia. "Advances in technology are enabling us to tell Australia's story in ways previously not possible, and the levels of engagement we get when we share some of these amazing drone clips on our social channels is just extraordinary. It's really exciting to be part of a competition which provides such a great platform for this new generation of content creators to capture the rich colours, patterns and textures of Australia's diverse landscape and share this with the rest of the world."

The winner of the contest's Grand Prize will receive a DJI Inspire 2 Premium Combo drone package and go on a three-day journey to Lord Howe island for two as well as a three-day trip to Kangaroo island for two. Additional prizes include a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone, a Mavic Pro drone and one of 10 Osmo Mobile handheld smartphone stabilized gimbals. Winning images will also be showcased on the SkyPixel website and on DJI's social media platforms. More information on the competition can be found on the Skypixel competition page. If you'd like to participate but lack inspiration, you should have a look at the winning images from SkyPixel's 2016 competition to get the creative juices flowing.

SkyPixel Launches 'Australia from Above' Aerial Photography Contest

DJI and Tourism Australia Partner for Country's First Large-scale Aerial Photo Contest

SYDNEY, March 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SkyPixel, the world's most popular aerial photography community run in cooperation with DJI, on Friday launches its first national aerial photography contest to showcase the stunning natural beauty of Australia as seen from drones and other aerial equipment.

The Australia From Above contest, sponsored by DJI and Tourism Australia, aims to inspire aerial photographers from around the world to share, enjoy and experience new creative perspectives of Australia. The contest is open from March 3 to May 2 and welcomes professionals and enthusiasts alike to share their visions of the country. Please find a link to the competition here: https://www.skypixel.com/events/australia

"Australia is a stunning, diverse country, from the inspiring expanse of its pristine white beaches to the raw power of its rich, red outback," said Danny Zheng, DJI Vice President of Marketing. "Capturing these landscapes from above empowers photographers to see Australia's extraordinary beauty in an entirely new way, and we can't wait to see the amazing images from inspired aerial creators."

"Drone photography is gaining huge popularity in Australia, with the country home to a rising number of very talented aerial photographers," said Lisa Ronson, Chief Marketing Officer, Tourism Australia. "Advances in technology are enabling us to tell Australia's story in ways previously not possible, and the levels of engagement we get when we share some of these amazing drone clips on our social channels is just extraordinary. It's really exciting to be part of a competition which provides such a great platform for this new generation of content creators to capture the rich colours, patterns and textures of Australia's diverse landscape and share this with the rest of the world."

The Australia from Above Grand Prize consists of a DJI Inspire 2 Premium Combo drone package, a three-day journey to Lord Howe island for two and a three-day journey to Kangaroo island for two. Runners-up have a chance to win a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone, a Mavic Pro drone and one of 10 Osmo Mobile handheld smartphone stabilized gimbals. Winning entries will also be showcased on the SkyPixel website as well as to DJI's millions of fans and followers across its social media platforms. Australia From Above is generously supported by media partners Australian Photography, Drone Magazine and Capture as well as other product sponsors.

To learn more about the contest and submit entries, please visit www.skypixel.com/events/australia.

The judging panel includes a select jury of renowned photographers and influencers.

  • Kirk Hille, Australian photographer and winner of SkyPixel's 2015 global photography contest
  • Mike O'Connor, Editor of Australian Photography
  • Lisa Ronson, Chief Marketing Officer, Tourism Australia
  • Tom Rex Jessett, professional photographer travelling the world and capturing its beauty

"I'm looking forward to seeing what fellow SkyPixel community members will share over the coming months," said Hille, who won the grand prize in SkyPixel's first annual worldwide contest with an image of a lone swimmer off the coast of Lucky Bay in western Australia. "As an Australian, I treasure the beauty of my home country and I was happy to learn it's the country of choice for SkyPixel's first national contest."