Amazing Drone Video Awards Winners Show the Creative Possibilities of Drones

For the second year, the AirVūz Drone Video Awards celebrates the expertise and creativity of the top drone videographers from around the world. From over 30,000 videos uploaded to the platform, 18 were named winners and received prizes from a pool of over $10,000.

California-based drone pilot Mike Bishop won Drone Video of the Year for his incredible look at the animal kingdom in Namibia. The video, which also won the Drone for Good category, features a wide array of animals found on the Erindi game reserve. Hyenas, zebras, lions, and crocodiles are just some of the incredible members of the animal kingdom captured by Bishop, who expertly weaves his drone to get sweeping views of these animals in their environment.

For the other top award, FPV (First-Person Video) of the Year, we move to another part of the world with Saudi Arabia. Johnny Schaer—also known as JohnnyFPV—is a professional drone racing pilot who has competed in the Drone Racing League on ESPN. Here, he uses his skills to capture a unique look at Saudi Arabia's desert environment and the country's rich archeological heritage.

Travel is an overriding theme, with Iceland's volcanic landscape featured in several winning videos. From Mexico and Guatemala to St. Petersburg, Russia, the locations featured demonstrate how the winning videographers use their drones to show the public new ways to view the planet. Aside from more traditional categories like People & Lifestyle and Countries & Regions, there are some whimsical winners. Chris Castor took home the win in the Dronie category, which goes to the best selfie with a drone, for his short shoot-em-up clip The Last Dronie. And the winner of Games of Drones—awarded to a video shot in a filming location for Game of Thrones—takes us on an epic adventure through an ice cave.

Check out more from the AirVūz Drone Video Awards by watching all the finalists.

Above video: Kingdom of the Wild by Mike Bishop. Drone Video of the Year

Get inspired by the winners of the 2018 AirVūz Drone Video Awards.

Saudi Arabia by Johnny FPV. FPV (First-Person View) Video of the Year


St. Petersburg, The City of White Knights by Timelab.Pro. Winner, Cities & Urban


Lands of the Maya – Guatemala and Mexico by videobros. Winner, People & Lifestyle


The Ice Cave by Snorrithor. Winner, Game of Drones


4K Icelandic Drone Adventure by Brendon Dixon. Winner, Countries & Regions


The Epic North — Norway, Iceland, Faroe Islands by PilotViking. Winner, Nature & Landscape


The Last Dronie by Chris Castor. Winner, Dronie


24 HRS by Panvelvet. Winner, Originality


The Cold Edge of the World by Gab707. Winner, FPV Freestyle Technical


Envelopment by nurkfpv. Winner, Micro Drone Acro


Onnanocos x Micro Drone by KatsuFPV. Winner, Micro Drone Angle


Surfin USA by hoodblade. Winner, Tiny Whoop Acro


Lake Maria by BluJ. Winner, Tiny Whoop Angle


A New Perspective by JohnnyFPV. Winner, Extreme Sports


Showreel 2018 by aeroCircus. Winner, Showreel


Magic Iceland by David Aguilar. Winner, People's Choice


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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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