This past weekend was the third annual New York City Drone Film Festival, a highly sponsored presentation of the top films and photos captured from the air. Participants could enter into several drone categories of media, mostly video, with just one still photo category.

The nominees and winners are from around the globe, the videos and winning photos are what amateurs like me aspire to produce.

Not much to say on this one, folks, there are 11 categories in total. With just one of those being for still photography, video is the name of the game. I’ll include the category titles along with the winner and runner ups below.

Be sure to hit the comments at the bottom, I am interested to hear which of these pieces you enjoyed the most?


X-FACTOR and Winner Best in Show

Mixed Motion Project – Ilko Iliev and Marin Kafedjiiski (Bulgaria)

Runner-ups
Caos en la ciudad – Roberto Hernández (Mexico)
Balance – Tim Sessler (USA)


NEWS/DOCUMENTARY

#NoDAPL: Drones Monitor North Dakota Police – AJ+ (USA)

Runner-ups
Manabi 7.8 – Juan Fernando Rojas (Ecuador)
Beauty & Bounty – Doug Armknecht (USA)


NARRATIVE

Drone Star Wars – Corridor Digital (USA)

Runner-ups
The Mountain Within – Philippe Woodtli (Switzerland)
Rendez-vous – Yan Giroux (Canada)


LANDSCAPE

Australia – Wild Pacific Media (Australia)

Runner-ups
An Aerial Perspective of Nordland – Michael Fletcher (Australia)
Perspective – Jay Worsley (USA)


EXTREME SPORTS

Cala d’en Serra – Drone Parkour – Giles Campbell Longley and Kie Willis (United Kingdom)

Runner-ups
Moon Line – Frédéric Rousseau (France)
Sessions – Eric Sterman (USA)
Doonies 3: A Drone’s Eye View – Jake Yubeta (USA)


FREESTYLE/FPV

Fresh Squeeze – Robert McIntosh (USA)

Runner-ups
Drone Free Style – Rafael Paiva (Brazil)
Stone Eagle’s Flight – Gabriel Kocher (Switzerland)
One Night in Atlanta – Johnny Schaer (USA)

ARCHITECTURE

Byzantine – Joris Favraud (France)

Runner-ups
Dizi – David Etienne Durivage (Canada)
From Inside to Outside – Stephane Aboudaram (France)


FEATURING DRONES

Drone Cake Baking – Lucas Zanotto (Norway)

Runner-ups
Light in Motion – Daniel Riley and Henning Sandstrom (USA)
Dron’t You Love Me? – Madeleine Dudley (Australia)


DRONIE

(For real, that’s a real category name?!? I get it, and the video is slick, but not a fan of the category name. Sorry to drone on about it.)

Family Island – Florian Fischer (Germany)

Runner-ups
Cape Town Dronie – Matthew Wade (USA)
A Man (Almost Two) and a Dog – Mauro Pagliai (Italy)


SHOWREEL

KopterCam 2017 Showreel – Koptercam (Finland)

Runner-ups
Skynamic Pilot Reel 2017 – Skynamic (Germany)
ThisIsTilt Showreel 2017 – Tilt (Norway)


STILL PHOTOGRAPHY

Sea and Salt – Wellington Rodrigues (Germany)

Runner-ups
Climate Change Claims a Lake and an Identity – Josh Haner/The New York Times (USA)
Kim on the Rocks – Karim Iliya (USA)
Lost in Foliage – Dirk Dallas (USA)
The Tree of Life – Michael Bishop (USA)
Drone Runner – Gerard Juarez (USA)


That’s the end, I hope you enjoyed as much as I have, I look forward to seeing your entry, perhaps even see you win, next year. Get out there, fly safe and have fun!

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