MINNEAPOLIS — One drone pilot combined racing drones and cinematography to claim a $1,000 prize for his work.
Nicolas Gaillard, a freestyle first-person view drone pilot based in France, won a weekly contest on AirVuz.com with his video titled “FPV – Maiden Flight.” Gaillard previously flew camera drones like the DJI platform before getting into FPV (first-person view). After just one week of flying a mini quad, Gaillard put together an award-winning video.
Gaillard said he spent 20 hours on a flight simulator before making the transition from camera drones to FPV mini quads. His winning video of his maiden flight featured shots of the French Alps, including forests, mountains and a ski resort.
FPV drones, which allow the pilot to see the camera’s view by wearing goggles, are becoming an increasingly popular tool for cinematic films. As seen in Gaillard’s video, FPV drones are able to fly in tight spaces and with unique movement while still capturing high-quality footage. Many more of the world’s best and award-winning FPV videos can be found on AirVuz.
Gaillard was the second FPV pilot to win the AirVūz Drone Video of the Week contest. Pilot JZFPV previously won with his video that featured an X-Games gold medalist skateboarder. Each week, the AirVūz curation staff selects five videos as finalists for the contest. Fans have the chance to vote to choose the winner from the five finalists.
The Drone Video of the Week contest follows the success of the inaugural AirVūz Drone Video Awards, which selected the best drone videos and photos of 2017. Voters chose winners in 13 categories from a total of more than 33,000 videos.
For more information about the contest, contact Tyler Mason, Director of Public Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since its launch in 2015, AirVūz has become the world’s leading drone video and photography sharing platform and global community for drone pilots and aerial media enthusiasts. Drone enthusiasts worldwide can upload and share videos and photos in unlimited quantity and at no cost. Site users have free access to an ever-growing library of drone media content including easily browsable categories such as travel, extreme sports, golf courses, drone racing, landmarks and more. AirVūz users also have access to original AirVūz content, including the weekly AirVūz News program, profiles of top content creators, product reviews, and how-to information for drone pilots on how to take and edit high quality drone video.