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RESULTS
2nd International
Drone Show Competition
The 2nd International Drone Show Competition,
initiated by SPH Engineering's Drone Show Software (DSS) team, announces results.

214 registered participants from 104 countries
competed in one or more of six categories. Entries were evaluated by a jury panel composed of EU, North and Latin American and Asian drone show professionals, 3D animators and experienced entrepreneurs.

The concept of the Competition in 2021 turned into a multidisciplinary contest of both shows performed by real drones and drone show animations.
UP TO 100 DRONES
Flock Drone Art | Spain

Flock Drone Art (Spain)

Winner I Best drone show up to 100 drones

Flock Drone Art is born from the union of different companies and people from different technical disciplines that form an innovative team with a lot of experience. Experts and professionals from the world of entertainment, aeronautical engineers, designers, artists, experts in geographical positioning, entrepreneurship, among others … with a common nexus: the passion for drones.

"The Competition is an opportunity to bring into the light beautiful projects all around the world, and sharing between the Drone Show Community".

www.flockdroneart.com
UP TO 1000 DRONES
Taiwan Drone 100 | Taiwan

Taiwan Drone 100 (Taiwan)

Winner I Best drone show up to 1000 drones

Taiwan Drone 100 paints the night sky of Taiwan from 20 to 400 drones. For Taiwan Drone 100, the drone show is not just a new set of technology, but an integration of Art, Culture and Innovation.

The drone show, entitled “Dawn”, manifests going through the depth of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the year of 2020 toward the break of dawn in 2021. The show hopes to enlighten the spirits of the spectators on site in Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum in Taiwan, as well as viewers via social media in the globe, in the path to recovering from the pandemic. The blue bird in the choreography symbolizes the faith in soaring to the sky endeavours everyone of us has put together.

www.taiwandrone100.com
OVER 1000 DRONES
Andrei Golenev I Russia
Performance by Geoscan Drone Show

Andrei Golenev. Performance by Geoscan Drone Show (Russia)

Winner I Best drone show over 1000 drones

Drone show was produced by Andrei Golenev and completed by Geoscan Drone Show.

It's magic, that's what I thought about it when I first saw the glowing images in the sky. One of the most pleasant moments when, after persistent preparation, you stand next to the audience during the performance and enjoy their enthusiastic exclamations and see how at this moment they rejoice like children, it is worth any effort. Competition is a great opportunity to prove myself for creative people in the industry, as well as identify leaders in every direction, such events force me to constantly move forward and not stop there”. A. Golenev

www.instagram.com/golenev_andrei
BEST INTEGRATED DRONE SHOW
Celestial | United Kingdom
CELESTIAL (United Kingdom)
Winner I Best integrated drone show

Celestial is a young drone art company that has now completed 5 jobs in the first year. After delivering the first show for Edinburgh New Year 2020 Celestial has worked with some amazing brands, such as Greenpeace and Amnesty International. Celestial team is now setting up an office in Australia with some very exciting projects about to launch.

"For many months Celestial wanted to enter for some awards, but this is a small industry and we couldn’t find any dedicated drone display awards. We are therefore very honoured to have taken part in Drone Show Competition 2021. Thank you for having us, it means a lot to be recognised like this! We feel the future of drone art is just beginning!"

www.celestial.show
BEST BUSINESS PROMO VIDEO
Grizzly Entertainment | Cyprus
Grizzly Entertainment (Cyprus)
Winner I Best drone show business promo video

Grizzly Entertainment is a organization specializing in drone light shows, drone racing and esports, headquartered in Limassol, Cyprus. Founded in 2020, Grizzly Entertainment is an organization interested drones and esports.

We consider it very important to hold a Competition in our field, as we believe that such a thing serves as an incentive to do worthwhile and good work. At the same time it is a reward for the work we do as a team and gives us even more strength to continue in the same way. Congratulations to all who participated and we hope for even more entries in the new year!"

www.grizzlyglobal.net
BEST 3D ANIMATION
Nacho Cruje | Spain
Nacho Cruje (Spain)
Winner I Best drone show 3D Animation

Nacho Cruje is a 3D Generalist and passionate of Blender. Nacho works as a Freelance and that has allowed him to explore many areas and industries, but he has fallen in love with Drone Shows from the first moment!

"I started with drones a couple of years ago, but the global health situation caused everything to slow down. Even so, I have been fortunate to continue creating great shows for great brands, and with the help of great companies such as NorthStar (Canada), Umiles (Spain) or Anymotion (Netherlands) among others. I think that the Competition is a unique showcase for 3D animators and creators of Drone Shows from all over the world, which also allows us to see the very high level that this world of Drone Shows is reaching. I believe that 2022 is going to be a year with incredible advances. For my part I have great progress to show, and great projects ahead, and I really want more and more projects!

www.crujedesign.es
SPECIAL PRIZES
SPECIAL PRIZE FOR EXCEPTIONAL CONTRIBUTION
TO THE DRONE SHOW INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT
Geoscan Drone Show | Russia

Geoscan Drone Show (Russia)

Special prize for the exceptional contribution to the drone show industry development

Geoscan Drone Show is a leading drone show provider in Russia and one of the biggest drone show companies in the world. Geoscan Drone Show delivers light shows since 2018. This year Geoscan Drone Show has staged more than 50 shows worldwide, from 200 to 2300 drones in a single performance.

"Competition is not only a good opportunity for smaller teams to showcase their work. It is also a possibility to see how far this field can go, how talented the people who work in the industry are, and how rapidly the technology develops. Competition is a truly good way to inspire and to get inspired".

www.geoscan.aero
SPECIAL PRIZE FOR THE WONDERFUL SIMULTANEOUS DRONE SHOW IN 2 CITIES
Drone Show Europe | Czech Republic

DRONE SHOW EUROPE (Czech Republic)

Special prize for the wonderful simultaneous drone show in 2 cities

For the last ten years DRONE SHOW EUROPE has been doing audiovisual shows and throughout the years they had a request to have lights shows in the sky. For two years now, DRONE SHOW EUROPE are making drone shows across the whole Europe.

These specific two shows were made to celebrate our freedom and democracy in Czech republic. The main theme is 17th of November (17/11). The date that marks 32 years of the Velvet Revolution, a hugely defining moment in the history of the creation of the Czech Republic. It was the day we won our freedom and democracy back. It was an honor to bring it to too many people at the same time in two different cities”.

www.droneshoweurope.com
SPECIAL PRIZE FOR THE INCREDIBLE INTEGRATED PROJECT
THAT AMAZES WITH IT'S CONCEPT
Stellar Lights | Australia

Stellar Lights (Australia)

Special prize for the incredible integrated project that amazes with its concept

Stellar Lights is a division of global unmanned systems, a perth-based drone operations and training provider since 2012.

Our team, who have decades of combined aviation experience, manage the logistics of our light shows from conception to delivery. They have an intimate knowledge of the relevant flying rules and regulations, as well as a longstanding relationship with Australia’s aviation governing body. At stellar lights, safety is paramount in all of our operations.

The International Drone Show Competition is a fantastic Competition, both to broaden the public's understanding of what is possible with drone shows, but also foster some friendly Competition in the industry amongst peers to drive the standard higher. Winning recognition, especially for our first show from industry leaders is a great boost to the team, and validation that we're putting on great shows! "
www.stellarlights.com.au
SPECIAL PRIZE FOR THE CONCEPTUAL 3D ANIMATION
Vincent Bauer | France
Vincent Bauer (France)
Special prize for the conceptual 3D Animation

Vincent Bauer presented a synchronized show on a soundtrack "Christmas Spirit" and went back to the essence of Christmas before it became a popular celebration, from the expectation of the miracle to the message of peace and love. This show required more than 70 hours of work from the creation of the soundtrack to the final rendering.

"Being a pyrotechnic show designer for many years, the desire to work a new way of expression is imposed by discovering the field of drone light shows. Self-taught, my goal is to push the limits of the imagination by proposing shows always more creative and emotional".
Prizes
Each of six nomination winners will receive
Professional 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
SkyElementsDrones

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

www.skyelementsdrones.com
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
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 »»» [The Competition 2021 is closed, to get more information please reach out to us »»»]

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) [The Competition 2021 is closed, to get more information please reach out to us »»»] 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.
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

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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.
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