DJI Innovations | Aerial Video Competition


By Gary Mortimer

The Fuji Mountain in Japan, the Dutch Windmills in Holland, Stonehenge in England, the African Savannah, the Niagara Falls, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Yellowstone National Park in the United States, The Grand Canyon, the Cristo Redentor in Rio DE Janeiro, Brazil, the Pyramids in Egypt, the Hoover Dam in the United States…

DJI is hosting an aerial videography competition, aiming at collecting amazing aerial videos which are filmed in the open air with wonderful shots or footage using the professional DJI Spreading Wings S800+WooKong-M+Zenmuse Z15. The videos are expected to help people to see the world from a special perspective and to demonstrate the unique features of the selected filming site. We are not looking for videos of built-up areas or crowed places, i.e. please film responsibly and safely.

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  1. The videos submitted must be filmed by using the professional DJI Spreading Wings S800+WooKong-M+Zenmuse Z15.
  2. Please be sure to read the relevant provisions of this competition before submitting your proposal, DJI reserves the right to expand the terms of the competition and the entrant automatically authorizes DJI to use the footage in any promotions or marketing activities worldwide for an indefinite period without restriction.
  3. The video submitted must also include additional footage or photos showing the S800+WooKong-M+Zenmuse Z15 being used for this purpose.
  4. The videos submitted must have no watermark or logo; however, at the end of the video a small logo is allowed with the precondition that there is no impact to the video content.
  5. The authorized entrants shall contact and send the videos files (original footage from camera and video product for the competition) directly to DJI as the world premiere. To respect the originals the outstanding videos (awarded) and the author will be posted on the DJI website and DJI will promote it through all of the worldwide channels to spread the video and author’s information.
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  • great...they'll have 5 entries...

  • Darrell- I apologize, I guess this would be better addressed in a private e-mail to you, but then i would have those who raise other needless points. when I say that I have dealt with this issue, been part of this conversations, and actually work with groups so we (UAV enthusiast) are not black-balled from areas, or activities. I am not pulling this out of my keester. I was only trying to "educate" some who may screw things up for the rest of us.
    So, not to take over this thread, my deepest apologies Thomas J Coyle III, I will attempt to explain clear enough as to at least guide you to where you can spend all the hours researching this as I have.
    First, I will answer your second statement, since you believe that it is a solid comment within a question. The FAA does regulate airspace with in the U.S. (as well as Hawaii and Alaska), and within these regulations there are established no-fly zones, exclusion zones (all of which you can research yourself), and outside of these FAA regulations, Departments / Agencies (i.e. DoD, DOE, DOJ, NPS, etc.) have formulated special provisions and regulations themselves.
    Now, that leads us into your first question which is really two parts; first NPS airspace regulations, and then, how if it is illegal? which sort of made me laugh...think about it, how can someone come on your property if it is illegal to trespass.....with authorization of course. So, now i will proceed on the NPS "airspace" thread of discussion.
    The National Parks Overflight Act of 1987, (Public Law 100-91) set forth a study to look at NPS airspace, and flight activity. they were to conduct a study to determine the proper minimum altitude which should be maintained by aircraft when flying over units of the National Park System. In this they were to address; (1) the impacts of aircraft noise on the safety of the park system users, including hikers, rock-climbers, and boaters; (2) the impairment of visitor enjoyment associated with flights over such units of the National Park System; (3) other injurious effects of overflights on the natural, historical, and cultural resources for which such units were established; and (4) the values associated with aircraft flights over such units of the National Park System in terms of visitor enjoyment, the protection of persons or property, search and rescue operations and firefighting.
    After this "study" directives were set as per individual needs of each park.  As for FAA regulations ["the prohibitions contained in subsections (a) and (b) shall be treated as requirements established pursuant to section 307 of the Federal Aviation Act of 1958 [see 49 U.S.C. 40103 (b)]. To provide information to pilots regarding the restrictions established under this Act, the Administrator shall provide public notice of such restrictions in appropriate Federal Aviation Administration publications as soon as practicable after the enactment of this Act [Aug. 18, 1987].  Example: Glacier National Park and Yosemite National Park you cannot fly under 2,000 feet over the surface (which SURFACE is described as the highest point of the park). 
    As I typed that, I could hear you breath in to raise the point, "but I am talking about RC flights." and I would direct you to look in the National Park Service Management Policies; you will find that destructive / inappropriate recreation covers RC activity - "its affect on disturbance, to people and animals, and risks associated with such activity", such as what covers my inability to legally BASE jump within a National Park. 
    Now, let me address your "if it is this, how could it be that" statement. If you actually make the attempt to approach this issue in a proper, professional manner, you could contact Park operations (even the public relations office) and this may start you on a long and lovely journey through the EIS procedure starting with an EA. Or if you get lucky, and are a professional, you have your "T"s crossed, "I"s dotted, and can produce a FONSI (abbreviated EA). Which you have to show, and defend a good reason to fly within the Park proper. We held a briefing to show that our mapping flight would have no significant impact to the area, or wildlife. If the airframe went down, what impacts could be expected, and so forth just so we cold conduct the flight to Prove that there would be no disturbance......go figure that...
    In reality, most of this can be bypassed by simply approaching the Park with all your information. Show your flight resume, and a brief of what you have already done is not bad either. So while you have a few who are trying to pave a path, and form acceptance, you have twice as many who decide it is too hard to follow some level of professionalism -
    The Park can provide a letter of compliance which would allow you to conduct a set number of flights, in a set area, within a set time frame.
    Or, as I see most often, pull up, launch, and do what you matter how it reflects on your brother and sister DIYers. just remember, at least here in the U.S. people and agencies are starting to loose patience with "drones" and your flight may be the catalyst that begins something we all are affected by.
  • I did put myself the same question.

    Below is what I did find on 3DR website:

    Regulatory FAQ

  • Darrell, I believe you are missing the point, and also there is a vast difference between Ansel Adams and what this activity undertakes. I received an message that said it all,  " Sadly hardly anyone here would hear you and carry on regardless!".....


    As for U.S. National Parks, If you want to take photographs as everyone else, you may. The issue, is not photography, but RC flights. If you want to operate your RC within this boundaries, approach the Headquarters, talk with Park Operations (maybe even the Public Relations Dept.), and offer the idea that you want to support, and exhibit the great attractions of the Park. Then, address their concerns, ease their worries, demonstrate your operational expertise, and you will great shots without cries or concerns......ON the other hand, as is most often shown here, just do what you want, fly where you like, and when you get in trouble, your equipment seized, and rules are put in place which affect your friends due to your can blame "their stupid rules" because you decided not to work with them.


    I know the argument, I have sat through many a meetings. There are no "real" directives set. No "cross-the-board" standard rules, but if you take the time and effort to bridge this, and work with agencies you will find that more agencies contact you to address these issues, within their departments, instead of developing rules which close the doors to us all.




  • John, yeah... although I've seen worse.  Some of these have you actually sign over the Copyright so you don't even own it anymore!  This appears to simply allow them to use it, while you still own the copyright.

    But for sure it's a great tool for them to get some good footage for free.  Although I'm sure any professionals are much to smart for this anyway.

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    I always get a bad taste about this kind of competition. You see them everywhere, but this one doesn't even try to sugarcoat it. When reading between the lines, they are basically saying something like.

    "Send us your best material so we can use it for unlimited and unrestricted marketing purposes, and we might consider sending you a S800+Z15 kit regardless of if we use the material or not."

    It's also fun when the prize is hardware you must already own to be able to compete in the first place..

  • Joshua, not sure if it makes you feel better or worse, but DJI's competition has been going on for 1-2 weeks at least, already. ;)

  • True.

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    More is better.:-)


  • Dang, we are just about to announce a video competition. I hate the timing of this :-(

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