2nd INTERNATIONAL
DRONE SHOW COMPETITION
September - December 2021
2nd INTERNATIONAL
DRONE SHOW COMPETITION
September - December 2021
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The International Drone Show Competition was established to create global awareness that the industry of drone shows can open up opportunities and to build up a community of like-minded people passionate about drones and modern art.
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6 nominations & 6 winners
Valuable prizes & unique gifts
Future cooperation & community's support
Who can apply?
Drone show
providers
Drone show
tech-teams
3D animators
Drone show
vendors
Event agencies &
show organizers
Drone show fans & enthusiasts
Who can apply?
Drone show providers
Drone show tech team
3D animators
Drone show vendors
Event agencies & show organizers
Drone show fans & enthusiasts
6 Nominations
Four BEST SHOW nominations
Two SPECIAL nominations
Best choreography for 100 drones Theme: Winter Holidays & New Year
Discover rules »»»
Best video promotion of a drone show business

Apply by sending a video presenting a drone show, animation or promo.
Fill in the application form according to Competition's guidelines.

Prizes
Each of six nomination winners will receive
Profesional drone show workshop
Drone show operator's kit
A set of 5 items to comfortably organise a drone show
Worldwide recognition & media coverage
Winner prize set
Special prizes for two nominations
Nomination: SHOW OVER 1000 DRONES
DJI FPV drone
Nomination: 3D ANIMATION
MacBook Pro 13", 256gb
Prizes
Each of six nomination winners will receive
Profesional drone show workshop
Drone show operator's kit
A set of 5 items to comfortably organise a drone show
Worldwide recognition & media coverage
Winner prize set
Special prizes for two nominations
Nomination: SHOW OVER 1000 DRONES
DJI FPV drone
Nomination: 3D ANIMATION
MacBook Pro 13", 256gb
International judging panel
Alexey Dobrovolskiy
Chief Technical Officer
Co-Founder, Member of The Board / Latvia
Angelito Diaz Jadormeo
2020 Competition's winner, Drone show & technical animator / Philippines
Animation Vertigo

www.animationvertigo.com
Isabel Caballero Fernandez
2020 Competition's 2nd place winner, Drone show designer / Mexico
SkyLab Entertainment

www.skylab.mx
Armands Blumbergs
Expert in drone show choreography/3D animation, Executive Producer / Latvia
Carmen Arufe
Communications Coordinator for living European rivers / Netherlands
Chris Papageorgiou
Bahrain Polytechnic, Assistant Professor / Bahrain
Electrical Engineering

www.polytechnic.bh
Dr. Hyon Lim
CEO / USA
Kalvis Kalniņš
Show Designer / Latvia

International Fireworks Design

www.pyro.lv
Luke Carothers
Editor / USA
Civil+Structural Engineer Media

www.csengineermag.com
Helen Pukszta & Steve Akins
Co-founders / USA
Get inspired!
Great things are done by a series of small things brought together
The Competition reveals and highlights best practices to draw attention to the drone show industry and take it to a new level
Participants from all over
the world
The brightest, most unusual and high quality drone shows and animations
An international jury of professionals, influencers and key customers of drone show services
6 nominations that cover all levels and diversity of drone shows
Prizes and educational programs that are useful for participants and their projects
Collaboration with the leading media in drone industry, design and marketing
Get inspired!
Great things are done by a series of small things brought together
The Competition reveals and highlights best practices to draw attention to the drone show industry and take it to a new level
Participants from all over
the world
The brightest, most unusual and high quality drone shows and animations
An international jury of professionals, influencers and key customers of drone show services
6 nominations that cover all levels and diversity of drone shows
Prizes and educational programs that are useful for participants and their projects
Collaboration with the leading media in drone industry, design and marketing
Great things are done by a series of small things brought together
The Competition reveals and highlights best practices to draw attention to the drone show industry and take it to a new level
Participants from all over
the world
The brightest, most unusual and high quality drone shows and animations
An international jury of professionals, influencers and key customers of drone show services
6 nominations that cover all levels and diversity of drone shows
Prizes and educational programs that are useful for participants and their projects
Collaboration with the leading media in drone industry, design and marketing
Let drone shows from around the world inspire you
Let drone shows from around the world inspire you
1st International Drone Show Choreography Competition
In 2020 SPH Engineering's Drone Show Software team successfully organized the 1st International Drone Show Choreography Competition and had 153 registrations from over 50 countries.

The goal was to unleash the hidden potential of drone light show animation designers globally and create a community of like-minded people passionate about drones and modern art. Check 2020 results here.
Competition's guidelines
Competition's guidelines
GENERAL RULES
1. Drone show providers, tech teams, 3D animators, vendors, event and marketing agencies, light and integrated show organizers and private drone show fans can take part in the Competition.

2. Participants should send an application form and video (link) in accordance with the requirements for the chosen nomination and then click "APPLY" on the following site: droneshowsoftware.com/competition

3. Video preview should be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo. The link with the preview should be provided together with the download link, both links are provided in the application form. The video must comply with the following parameters: MP4 or MOV, 1920x1080pix, 25fps, h.264, Bitrate 30-50Mbps.

4. Participants can submit one application for each nomination.

5. Participants can receive an award (first place) in only one nomination.

6. There are two criteria for all participants: materials must comply with all requirements and be submitted before the deadline (23:59 UTC + 3, November 30, 2021) with an application form.

7. Submitted materials in all nominations will be evaluated by an international jury.

8. All materials (except "Best drone show 3D animation", which has its own criteria) will be evaluated by members of the jury on a scale of 1-10 based on three criteria: technical requirements, artistic value, and visual impact.

9. The winner in each nomination will be chosen based on the number of points awarded.

10. Winners will be announced at droneshowsoftware.com/competition and informed by email.

11. The winning videos and participants will be presented by SPH Engineering and published on DroneShowSoftware.com and the company's social media channels.

12. SPH Engineering and international jury members cannot participate in the Competition.

13. Participants must consent to the publication of all materials, with reference to the creator.
APPLICATION SPECIFICS FOR EACH NOMINATION
Best drone show 3D animation
Rules for the nomination "Best drone show 3D animation" are published here »»»

Best drone show - up to 100 drones
The application form should provide a link to a video that presents a drone show using between 10 and 100 drones (inclusive). The video should last no more than 10 minutes and can contain logos, subtitles, sound design, and other visual elements. Participants can apply drone shows that were organized from January to November 2021.

Best drone show - from 100 up to 1000 drones
The application form should provide a link to a video that presents a drone show using between 100 and 1000 drones (inclusive). The video should last no more than 10 minutes and can contain logos, subtitles, sound design, and other visual elements. Participants can apply drone shows that were organized from January to November 2021.

Best drone show - over 1000 drones
The application form should provide a link to a video that presents a drone show using over 1000 drones. The video should last no more than 10 minutes and can contain logos, subtitles, sound design, and other visual elements. Participants can apply drone shows that were organized from January to November 2021.

Best integrated drone show - no limit on number of drones
An integrated drone show may include additional elements besides drones such as fireworks, stage pyrotechnics, flames, lasers, artistic performances, etc.
The application form should provide a link to a video that presents an integrated drone show (no limit on number of drones). The video should last no more than 10 minutes and can contain logos, subtitles, sound design and other visual elements. Participants can apply rone shows that were organized from January to November 2021.

Best drone show - business promo video
A business promo video represents a participant's drone show operator/provider company, and can also be used to advertise drone show services and opportunities of any kind. In this category, participants can also send a video that promotes the overall drone show industry.
The application form should provide a link to a video that promotes a drone show business. The video should last no more than 5 minutes and can contain logos, subtitles, sound design and other visual elements.
In this nomination, applications are accepted both from participants who have already organized one or more drone shows and those who have not yet held a single drone show. The main condition for participants in this category is the provision of materials that promote drone shows as a form of entertainment.
In this nomination, in addition to the main evaluation criteria, the following are assessed: creative approach to presenting material about the company, readability and visibility of text materials and graphic elements, clarity in providing information about the company's activities and capabilities.
EVALUATION CRITERIA
All materials (except for the «Best drone show animation», which has its own
evaluation criteria) will be evaluated by members of the international jury on a
scale of 1-10 by three criteria:

1. Technical requirements (0-10)

  • Does the video meet all the Competition requirements?

2. Artistic value (0-10)

  • Is the video original?
  • What new ideas does it bring to the table?
  • Does it involve elements previously not seen in drone shows?

3. Visual impact (0-10)

  • Does the video leave a lasting impression on the viewer?
  • How dynamic is it?
Each participant will have two attempts to correct any errors highlighted by the international jury.
AWARDS
The winner in each nomination will receive:

1. Drone show operator kit: a set of five items that an operator always needs to comfortably organize a drone show. For the "Best drone show animation" winner, this kit will contain items useful to the animator.

2. Educational support (drone show workshop): access to thematic online training organized by representatives of the international jury, SPH Engineering team, as well as technical specialists in the field of organizing drone shows. This will help to spread knowledge in areas like drone show safety and quality based on eight years of experience, as well as provide access to community expertise.

3. Marketing support: winners will be promoted in the digital channels of SPH Engineering and Competition partners, including mentions in a post-event press-release.

4. Winner prize set (diploma and award statuette).

The "Best drone show 3D animation" winner will be awarded a MacBook Pro 13, 256gb.

The "Best drone show, over 1000 drones" winner will be awarded a DJI FPV drone.

SPH Engineering and Competition partners reserve the right to choose a participant who will be awarded an additional special prize.

The schedule for awarding prizes to winners will be determined by the Competition organizers.
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