When the DJI Drone Photography Award launched in November 2017, it called for photographers across the world to submit ideas for creative, drone-shot projects. Rather than generic aerial photography – picture perfect landscapes with little back story – the competition asked that entrants consider compelling narratives and subject matters. In reaching locations impossible on foot, these drone-shot projects would open the viewer’s eyes to new possibilities. The project was supported by DJI, the world leader in civilian drone and aerial imaging technology. DJI has a deep interest in photography and in 2017 it acquired a majority interest in Hasselblad. A series of articles written by Studio 1854 and published on BJP’s website throughout the competition period demonstrated the creative potential of drone photography. BJP’s audience were inspired: 47,825 people visited the competition entry page. After a lengthy judging process – overseen by BJP, DJI and Guardian drone photographer Graeme Robertson –Markel Redondo and Tom Hegen were selected as winners. The Salt Series, photographed by Hegen, documents salt production across Europe. Combining vivid colours and geometric …
“The point is not to work out what it is, but to show how weird and wonderful the world can look from above”
In his series, Unequal Scenes, photographer Johnny Miller uses a drone to shed light on the extreme poverty that lives on the doorsteps of some of society’s most privileged
Drones are no longer reserved for tech-savvy gadget buffs. Instead they are revolutionising the way photographers document the world.