Skypixel Drone Photography

Skypixel: Instagram For (Kickass) Drone Photographers

Do you own a drone?

Do you take amazing photographs and videos with your drone that you would love to share with other people?

Do you think that your work is so good that you could win prizes for it?

Are you an aspiring aerial photographer trying to make a name for themselves?

Are you a fan of photography in general?

If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, then SkyPixel is perfect for you!

What is SkyPixel?

SkyPixel is an online platform where people share their aerial photographs and videos.

It is a part of the constantly growing DJI community, and it’s currently the largest platform of its type.

It’s quite easy to use; you can upload content as soon as you register. Then other users can view your photos and videos and comment on them.

You can post pretty much any type of photo or video, as long as it’s original.

You can upload content via their website, but you can also share photos and videos to SkyPixel through the DJI Go app.

You don’t have to post anything to be a part of the community. You can register even if all you want to do is look at the content other users post. Anyone can explore and view the photos in numerous different categories.

How Does It Work?

It’s pretty simple – you just need to create an account and you can start posting immediately! Anyone over 18 can register, and it’s completely free to do so.

Every user will get a Reputation Score, which is basically a reflection of how popular your content is. Whenever your photo or video gets liked, voted up or featured on the homepage, your Reputation Score will increase.

You also get a lot of bonus points if you win one of their competitions!

A higher Reputation Score will give you more benefits. Once you reach a score of 500, you will be able to post tips about aerial photography. It’s the perfect way to share your expertise with the rest of the world.

And, while you are collecting those points, be sure to check out that tips section. You can read guides and tips written by experts, who want to help you succeed.

How to Use SkyPixel to Your Advantage?

SkyPixel is a great opportunity to share your work with others and get some quality feedback.

You can get some useful tips on how to improve your work, but you could also find out that you’re much more talented than you think!

It is the perfect platform for you to promote your work. You can also explore what other people are posting, and get ideas that can really get your creative juices flowing.

SkyPixel allows you to directly share your content to all the major social networks. The more you share your content, the more exposure you get!

If you really want your photos and videos to get exposure, make sure to take advantage of the ‘tags’ feature. SkyPixel allows a certain number of tags per photo, so use them wisely. The 4 main tags are:

  • Category – What did you take the photo/video of? Popular tags include: boat, snow, grass, river…
  • Style – What is the style of your photo/video? Popular tags include: HDR, timelapse, panorama, long exposure…
  • Equipment – What type of equipment did you use? Popular tags include: Phantom 4, Inspire 2, OSMO, Mavic Pro…
  • Region – Where did you take the photo/video? Popular tags include: US, Australia, China, Greece, Norway…

So if you want to, for example, upload an aerial photo of a lake that you took in Germany with yourMavic Pro, you’d include the tags ‘lake’, ‘aerial’, ‘Mavic Pro’ and ‘Germany’.

If your content looks good enough, the SkyPixel team can choose to feature it on the homepage. This would gain you a bunch of points for your Reputation Score. And imagine the exposure your work would get!

What is the SkyPixel Photo Contest?

It is a photography contest, which is organized every year. This year’s contest is open until December 29, 2017, so you can still submit something!

Basically, the contestants pick a group in which they’d like to compete. They can then submit photos to 3 different categories. Videos can’t be submitted.

There is a separate video contest here.

Last year Ge Zheng won the grand prize with his photo “Fisherman Closes the Net” (featured below).

Fisherman Closes Net - Skypixel Winner

In 2015, Kirk Hille took the grand prize, with “Surge” (featured below).

Surge Skypixel Winner

Surge Skypixel Winner

Anyone can apply to the contest, as long as they own a drone. You can compete in 2 groups: Enthusiast and Professional.

If aerial photography is your hobby, then you should apply as an Enthusiast. You can apply as a Professional if you want, just know that the competition will be fierce, since this group is intended for people who work as professional photographers.

You can submit your photos to 3 different categories: Landscape, Portrait and Story. Feel free to compete in all three categories if you like; it’s encouraged.

You can upload as many single photos to the Landscape and Portrait categories, as long as they’re aerial. If you want to submit to the Story category, then you need to submit a series of at least 5 photos, and at least one of them has to be an aerial photograph.

The first three spots in both groups will get amazing prizes, as well as a badge for their profile. The value of prizes in the Enthusiast group ranges from 903$ for the third place, to 3,922$ for the first place.

The Professional group requires better skills, but it also gives better prizes. If you land the third place, you will get 1,453$ worth of stuff, and the total value of the prizes for the first place is a whopping 7,709$!

The best photograph of the contest will be named The 2017 SkyPixel Photo of the Year. This photograph can be chosen from either group, and the total prize value for this title is 15,095$. That sure sounds like a tempting reason to apply!

You can read more about the contest here.

About the Author Roger Timbrook

Roger is a little obsessed with travel. He has been to over 40 countries, broken 3 suitcases and owned over 10 backpacks in 12 months. What he doesn't know about travel, ain't worth knowing!

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