The goal was to create a 50 drone animation for the New Year's drone show to win prizes and fame!

Drone Show Choreography Competition

First International
The 1st International Drone Show Choreography Competition, initiated by SPH Engineering's Drone Show Software (DSS) team, announces results: Angelito D. Jadormeo (the Philippines) is granted the 1st place, additionally top-5 best designs are selected. Entries were evaluated by an internationally influential jury panel composed of EU, North and Latin American and Australian drone show professionals and experienced entrepreneurs.
Winners Announcement
The Winner
1st Prize goes to Angelito Diaz Jadormeo | Philippines
1st place | Real Time Flight
1st place | Animation
Angelito Diaz Jadormeo
1st Prize | Philippines
I'm Angelito D. Jadormeo, I'm working as a Pipeline TD at Animation Vertigo Asia. And doing drone shows in my free time.

I was very excited when I found the contest. It's a very helpful initiative of SPH Engineering to conduct such competition to create some kind of global awareness for artists, promoting the industry of drone shows that can open up opportunities as well. I've been into drone shows for a year now and I've been a part of some shows before as well. This helped a lot to create something for the competition in the span of 1 week, from the time I knew about it.
2nd Prize
Isabel Caballero Fernandez | Mexico
2nd Prize | Real Flight
2nd Prize | Animation
Isabel Caballero Fernandez
2nd Prize | Mexico
I have attended a course and researched the capabilities of Blender and since then I have designed several shows like Santa Lucia International Festival, Mexican Independence Day, two finals for the Mexican Soccer League, and other local events.

This contests was very challenging in the making of the choreography because it had more restrictions than a regular show. This forced me to maximize all the resources in order to transmit the message I wanted. This choreography took me about one week to make (in the middle of a very busy season).
3rd Prize
Fu Chongyang | China
3rd place | Real Flight
3rd place | Animation
Fu Chongyang , Qingchang Li
3rd Prize | China
Together with my colleagues we have been already performing drone show for 5 years, - we are happy to see drone shows becoming popular and beautiful.

We found the announcement for this competition on internet. Although this is the first time using Blender, I found it to be a convenient tool to create choregraphy for drone shows!
The 1st International Drone Show Choreography Competition had 153 registrations from over 50 countries.

Keeping in mind the high quality of submissions we have not only selected and awarded 3 winners as planned but also added a few jury favourite prizes!

All designers are granted with certificates, free Drone Show Software training (worth EUR 12'000 each) and marketing support.
Julien James Davis | United Kingdom
Hein Htet Zaw | Myanmar
Oscar Stefanini | France
International Judging Panel
  • Alexey Dobrovolskiy
    SPH Engineering / Latvia
    Alexey is the CoFounder& CTO of SPH Engineering, a practicing engineer and innovator with a strong focus on industrial solutions to integrate drones, UgCS software, and diverse sensors (GPR, echo sounder, magnetometer, methane, laser/radar altimeters). His key goal is to provide surveyors, archaeologists, and inspection services with powerful tools for efficient work. Alexey's professional track record includes expeditions to Greenland to find missing US WW2 aircraft with GPR, an expedition with Inca archaeological survey, and much more.
  • Dalai Felinto
    Blender Institute / Brazil
    Dalai is Development Coordinator at Blender.
    He first joined the company in 2008, working on projects ranging from stereoscopy to walking navigation. He has used Blender professionally for drones, fulldome, VR, architecture and science visualization.
  • Marc Loosli
    Swiss Drone Show AG / Switzerland
    Marc previously worked for a major telecommunications company in
    Switzerland in the area of software development and operation of complex platforms. Today, he is responsible for the innovation department of a major Swiss telecommunications company.
    Two years ago, he founded the Swiss Drone Show AG, together with four co-founders, and currently works as Vice President and CTO.
  • Patrice Guy
    NorthstarFireworks Inc. / Canada
    Patrice is a 33-year veteran of the international pyrotechnics industry. He
    is the Co-owner and Technical Director of Northstar Fireworks Inc. and is
    the former Vice-chairman of the Canadian Pyrotechnic Council. His
    specialty is in Pyro musical Design, Show Production and Drone Light
    Shows. Most recently, Patrice served as the Technical Director of the 2017,
    2018 and 2019 editions of the Philippines International Pyro Musical Competition. He has also worked at Ocean Park, Sea World, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Anaheim Disneyland, the Shanghai Special Olympics, and the Asian Games. In addition, Patrice featured on the National Geographic channel's "Inside Hong Kong's Big Bang". His work twice set Guinness World Records: as designer and technical director of the 84th birthday of His Highness the King of Thailand in 2011, and as producer of the largest fireworks show ever in 2017. After spending years abroad performing international shows, Patrice finally returned home to Canada to Join Northstar Fireworks.
  • Armands Blumbergs
    Base Motion / Latvia
    Armands is a producer and director with 20 years of experience in the media industry. Over the last two years, he and his animation company BaseMotion, have designed countless drone shows that have been integrated into many outdoor events all over the world.
  • Bill Blair
    Swarming Drones / Australia
    Bill has been a licensed drone pilot for over eight years in Australia, the US and the UK. He has worked with swarming drone systems since 2016, given drone talks at universities and also runs a drone license course in Australia.
  • Antonio Aguilera
    WaterGush Inc / Mexico
    Antonio is Co-Founder and CTO at WaterGush Inc, holder of a MSc in Robotics from Universidad Panamericana and an ECLA graduate from Columbia University. He is also the Founder and Head of cloud-based drone animation show operator
  • Martins Upitis
    Janis RozentAls Riga Art School / Latvia
    Martins is a veteran Blender user, giving courses on the software at schools and universities. He also creates high quality tools and addons for Blender, specializing in lighting and materials.
  • Elmars Aboltins
    DRONE ME / Latvia
    Drone Me Is an ambitious player in show drone market with an aim to become a global leader in providing show drone technology and animation services.
The challenge was to create a 50-drone animation lasting a maximum of five minutes using Blender animation software. The choreography could integrate any shapes and use any colours according to guidelines.
The more creative – the better!
Contest goal
All you need is an idea and we will make it fly!
The 50 drone show will be filmed and distributed to international media and social platforms in December 2020
Submit your animation and its video by November 30 to be published and judged!
The Top 3 animations will receive prizes and international recognition.
The winning animation will be performed as a live drone show!
The 50 drone show will be filmed and distributed to international media and social platforms in December 2020.
Get Inspired - Globally Performed Drone Shows
The number of drone shows performed during New Year's celebrations is growing
rapidly. Get inspired by checking-out shows from around the world!