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Australia from Above winners announced

19 May 2017

Three winners have been chosen from 6,448 aerial photo of Australia submitted as part of the Australia From Above contest showcasing new, creative perspectives of landscapes around the country.

Tourism Australia’s Chief Marketing Officer Lisa Ronson, who was also one of the competition judges, said she’d been blown away by the quantity and the quality of entries.

“There are some amazingly talented photographers out there who are using drone technology to capture some breath-taking images of Australia.

“Drone-facilitated photography as well as other new technologies such as Virtual reality and 360 are enabling us to tell our story in ways which were just not possible a few years ago.

“It’s very exciting for our industry and will, I’m sure, provide inspiration to many Australian tourism operators as they look at new and engaging ways to promote their businesses,” she said.

The competition was run by SkyPixel, the world’s most popular aerial photography community, and co-sponsored by Tourism Australia and drone manufacturer DJI.

“The amazing work from participants really shows the growing interest around this new photographic artform and the potential of aerial technology” said Danny Zheng, DJI Vice President of Marketing.

“We were thrilled to see so many quality entries, from local photographers as well as those outside the country who captured Australia’s extraordinary beauty in an entirely new way.”

And the winners are:

Grand prize 
Airloft | Kyle Bowman 
Wyadup Spa, Western Australia

Judges’ comments: Love the playful nature of this photo. The intense contrast of the reds and greens give this image a vivid vibrancy. And it's not just an abstract photo; the person is the focal point and it cleverly shows a person interacting with the Australian environment.

Second Prize 
skysnaps99 | Al Edgar 
Secret Harbour, Western Australia

Judges’ comments: This image was stunning the colours composition and timing were all spot on the image really conveys power of the ocean and waves

Third Prize 
Yantastic | Peter Yan 
Rigby Island in Lakes Entrance, Victoria

Judges’ comments: The vivid turquoise and sculptural shapes are astounding; it seems almost abstract, then all the lines drive your view to the almost invisible boat leaving a broad wake.