The votes have been tallied and the best drone videos of 2018 have been chosen!
Eighteen aerial content creators were voted on as the winners of the 2nd Annual AirVūz Drone Video Awards. Kingdom of the Wild – Wildlife in Namibia Africa by California drone pilot Mike Bishop was chosen as the Drone Video of the Year, while Johnny Schaer — aka JohnnyFPV — won the FPV (First-Person View) Video of the Year for Saudi Arabia. Both pilots took home a grand prize of $3,000 USD each for their winning videos.
Based in Los Angeles, Bishop recently started an aerial cinematography company called Motion Craft Aerials. Bishop’s film “Awaken Iceland” was a category winner in the first annual Drone Video Awards last year. His aerial films have been selected for a number of film festivals around the world.
Schaer is a professional drone racing pilot who has competed in the Drone Racing League on ESPN. The Illinois native now travels the world with his racing drones, showcasing the innovative cinematography capabilities of the small quadcopters. He’s flown drones with the likes of Will Smith and Sam Kolder, among other influencers. Schaer won the drone racing category in the inaugural Drone Video Awards with his video “DRONE RACING UNDERGROUND.”
Finalists in each category were selected by the staff at AirVūz and sponsors from drone-related companies such as Horizon Hobby, Polar Pro, GetFPV, Rotor Riot, Tiny Whoop, The Drone Girl, DroneLife, Women and Drones, and Women Who Drone. Out of over 30,000 videos uploaded, finalists were selected based on the quality, level of difficulty and creativity of a drone video or photograph uploaded to AirVuz.com in 2018.
The winners were announced on AirVūz Live on Facebook on Feb. 18. Over $10,000 USD was awarded to winners in 18 categories, an increase from 11 categories in the inaugural competition. Each category winner will receive $500 USD, a plaque, and prizes.
AirVūz, an online community and media hosting site for drone pilots and aerial enthusiasts, launched this contest last year to celebrate the very best in drone cinematography. All videos uploaded to AirVuz.com between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 were eligible to be chosen as finalists. The contest was open to anyone in the world who uploaded an originally-shot drone video or photo to AirVuz.com.
A total of seven FPV (first-person view) categories were included in this year’s contest: Freestyle Cinematic, Freestyle Technical, Freestyle Flow, Micro Drone Acro Mode, Micro Drone Angle Mode, Tiny Whoop Acro Mode and Tiny Whoop Angle Mode. Camera drone categories include: Nature & Landscape, Countries & Regions, Cities & Urban, People & Lifestyle, Dronie, Extreme Sports, Originality, Still Photography, Game of Drones (filming locations from “Game of Thrones”), Drones for Good, and Reels.
For more information about the contest, click here.
A list of the 2nd Annual AirVūz Drone Video Awards winners can be found below:
DRONE VIDEO OF THE YEAR — Kingdom of the Wild – Wildlife in Namibia Africa by MikeBishop.tv
FPV VIDEO OF THE YEAR — Saudi Arabia by JohnnyFPV
CITIES & URBAN — St. Petersburg – The City of White Nights by Timelab.pro
DRONIE — The Last Dronie by chrisxgxc
FPV FREESTYLE CINEMATIC — Saudi Arabia by JohnnyFPV
FPV FREESTYLE FLOW — The Cold Edge of the World by Gab707
FPV FREESTYLE TECHNICAL — Kill The Spot by Tomz FPV
TINY WHOOP ACRO — Surfin USA – Tiny Whoop LiPO FlOW by hoodblade
TINY WHOOP ANGLE — Lake Maria by BluJ
MICRO DRONE ACRO — Envelopment by nurkfpv
MICRO DRONE ANGLE — “Onnanocos” x Micro Drone by KatsuFPV
PEOPLE & LIFESTYLE — Land of the Maya – Guatemala and Mexico by videobros
GAME OF DRONES — The Ice Cave – Drone Flying Inside an Ice Cave in Iceland by snorrithor
COUNTRIES & REGIONS — 4K Icelandic Drone Adventure by Brendon Dixon
DRONES FOR GOOD — Kingdom of the Wild – Wildlife in Namibia Africa by MikeBishop.tv
NATURE & LANDSCAPE — THE EPIC NORTH!! NORWAY, ICELAND, FAROE ISLANDS – Drone by PilotViking
EXTREME SPORTS — A New Perspective (Audi Nines 2018) by JohnnyFPV
ORIGINALITY — 24 HRS by panvelvet
REEL — Showreel 2018 by aeroCircus
PHOTO — Girl and Ice by antoinejans
PEOPLE’S CHOICE — MAGIC ICELAND | Drone & Time-lapse 4K by davidaguilar