2nd Drone Show Competition 2021

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2nd Drone Show Competition 2021

2nd Drone Show Competition 2021 now is over!

2nd Drone Show Competition 2021: European, North and Latin American and Asian drone show experts have joined efforts for the 2nd year in a row to unveil the best practices of the growing industry and run the 2nd International Drone Show Competition.

Short description

The 2nd International Drone Show Competition, organized by SPH Engineering, is now open for entries inviting those already developing drone light show animations or anyone familiar with Blender software to try themselves as drone show designers. ‘The first competition was established to create global awareness for artists that there is the industry of drone shows that can open up opportunities. The big idea behind it was to start building up a community of like-minded people passionate about drones and modern art. Within a year, we have observed a rapid growth of drone shows as an event form and decided to expand the concept into a multidisciplinary contest of both animations and real performed drone shows’, comments Alexey Dobrovolskiy, CTO at SPH Engineering. The goal is to bring together the best representatives, their shows, animations and business approaches to exchange knowledge about breakthrough sustainable technologies for outdoor light events.

Participants need to submit their project videos to compete in one or more of six categories: ‘Best drone show 3D animation’, ‘Best drone show up to 100 drones’, ‘Best drone show over 100 drones and up to 1000 drones’, ‘Best drone show over 1000 drones’, ‘Best integrated drone show’, ‘Best drone show business promo video’. The international judging panel consists of Alexey Dobrovolskiy, SPH Engineering (Latvia); Angelito Diaz Jadormeo, 2020 Competition winner (Philippines); Hyon Lim, Uvify (USA); Luke Carothers, Civil+Structural Engineer Media (USA); and other event and drone industry entrepreneurs, hardware manufacturers, experts at international organizations and educational bodies.

Submission requirements:

Participants should send an application form and video (link) in accordance with the requirements.

Video preview should be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo. The video must comply with the following parameters: MP4 or MOV, 1920x1080pix, 25fps, h.264, Bitrate 30-50Mbps.

Evaluation Criteria:

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

The winners will be announced on December 21, 2021.

Who may enter?

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.


Each of six winners will receive a diploma, special prize, and educational and marketing support. The winning videos and participants will be presented by SPH Engineering and published on DroneShowSoftware.com and the company's social media channels.

Authors of drone show animations will also compete for MacBook Pro 13, while other nomination participants will compete for drone show operator kits (a set of items that an operator always needs for a comfortable process of organizing a drone show). Noticeably, the kit for "Best drone show over 1,000 drones" includes a DJI FPV drone.

Entry fees

There is no entry fee to participate!

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