Take to the Skies

Drone Footage Competition

Kia Ora! To celebrate Aerologix’s launch into New Zealand, we want to give drone pilots a chance to showcase their skills and win some incredible prizes. 

Aerologix Drone Footage competition

NZD $2,500.00

Grand Prize Winner

NZD $1,500.00

Runner-Up Prize

NZD $1,000.00

People’s Choice Award

Tena koutou New Zealand!

Be one of the first twenty-five (25) pilots to complete your Aerologix profile, become a founding New Zealand pilot and receive exclusive merchandise!

Pilots can register on the Aerologix web app (from the 17th of April 2023). As an Aerologix pilot, you can work on an array of aerial capture projects. We connect drone pilots with enterprises or individuals that need aerial capture and technical imaging – from events and marketing requirements to enterprise solutions such as asset inspections and technical imaging requirements, digital twins, terrain mapping and photogrammetry. 

To learn more about Aerologix, click here

Let your imagination run wild...

Every Sunday of the competition, a judge will announce the category for the week on the Aerologix’s Instagram profile; this will be applicable until the new theme is announced. You will need to make sure that the entry you submit is:

week 1: life in action 17-23 april





WEEK 5: freestyle flight week (no theme) 15- 21 MAY

Best of New Zealand

WEEK 6: the best of new zealand 22-24 MAY

Our Judges

Emily B - Operations Coordinator at Aerologix

Emily B

Operations Coordinator
at Aerologix

Emily is the Operations Coordinator at Aerologix. She started in the drone space in 2019 obtaining her remote pilot licence (RePL) through AviAssist and working for Surf Life Saving NSW. 

Emily considers herself to be a  pretty adventurous person who enjoys incorporating a hike on vacation; with favourites including the Routeburn Track in Fiordland National Park, NZ and the Big Beehive Trail overlooking Lake Louise, Banff. 

Emily’s favourite drone shots are those that capture the ‘hard to reach’ natural wonders that not everyone has the opportunity to see.


Natasha T

Australian 2022
Drone Footage Winner

Tash is an aerial drone photographer & videographer based in New South Wales’ stunning Central Coast, Australia. She is also the 2022 Winner of the Australian Aerologix Drone Footage Competition.

Tash captures creative aerial photography and cinematic videos for real estate, mapping, lifestyle & events, travel & tourism, fine art, marketing & content creation. 

She is part of the Australian Aerologix drone pilot network and contributes stock drone footage to Getty Images Australia. 

Petra Leary

Petra L

Aerial Photographer

Petra Leary is an award winning New Zealand born aerial photographer. Her ability to capture her subjects from unique perspectives is striking and groundbreaking.

She has an innate design sensibility, reflected in her unique process all the way from conception to post-production. 

Her work is simple yet bold in arrangement and composition. Belying this effortlessness are deeply honed technical skills and a knowing iconoclastic eye for pop culture

Bernard and Alyssa

Bernard & Alisa

Aerial Photographer

Husband and wife team Bernard and Alisa are based at Papamoa Beach in the beautiful Bay of Plenty.

Transitioning to aerial photography started in 2017, and ever since then, they’ve been using at least one of our growing drone collections every day.

Being an NZ certified 102 Pilot means they can get that photograph in areas that most can’t, whether in the middle of nowhere or near an airport.

Their highlight would be getting permission to fly over Mount Maunganui for the local tourism industry and trying to nail those special drone manoeuvres that take multi-tasking to new heights.

How to Enter

Competition Timeline

Key Dates


00:01 NZST April 17 2023

Submission Deadline

23:59 NZST May 24th 2023

Major Winner Announced

18:30 NZST May 25th 2023

People’s Choice Finalists Announced

18:45 NZST May 25th 2023

Peoples Choice

People’s Choice Voting Commences

06:00 NZST May 26th 2023

People’s Choice Voting Closes

17:00 NZST June 6th 2023

People’s Choice Winner Announced

17:30 NZST June 6th 2023

Weekly Dates

Theme announced

09:00 NZST each Sunday of the competition

Weekly finalist announced

18:00 NZST each Sunday of the competition

Who is Aerologix?

Aerologix was developed in 2019 by cofounders; former Qantas pilot Tom Caska and IT expert Rakesh Routhu. It is an Australian-based drone company that provides a marketplace for clients to locate their local drone pilot to complete aerial imagery projects. In addition, Aerologix Enterprise pilots offer a unique solution to enterprise clients across industries, including surveying, infrastructure, confined space, renewables, telecom and construction when it comes to complex data captures, 3D surveys and photogrammetry. Aerologix has over 10,000 pilots on its platform in Australia. 

Frequently Asked Questions

No, the competition is free to all participants.

Yes. Due to the nature of the prize pool being a cash award, pilots must be 18 years of age upon the conclusion of the competition to accept an award. If you are under 18 years old, you will be required to complete  

Entries Open: 00:01 NZST April 17 2023 . Submission Deadline: 00:00  NZST May 24th 2023

No. You can enter footage that has already been captured or new footage you captured during the competition, as long as it has been shot in New Zealand and you are a resident. 

No, they will be deemed eligible as long as they meet the theme and entry requirements.

This competition is for New Zealand residents only. Outside this area? Make sure you stay up to date via our social media channels for exciting opportunities to take part in the future.

Yes. All entries must meet the following criteria to be submitted:

  •  No music or editing (at all- raw footage only)

  • Quality: 1080p minimum (4k, 8k preferred)

  • File type: H.264 .MP4 or . MOV

  • Duration: Between 10 seconds and 2 minutes

  • Lighting: Correctly exposed to light, so it is not underexposed or overexposed.

  • Orientation: Landscape (16:9) 

  • Framing and Composition: Subject/landscape needs to be completely in frame

  • Legality: Ensure any local drone regulations, laws and licencing are adhered to.  

  • Submission title: All words capitalised (For e.g Drone Views Of Bondi Beach)

  • Location details needed to include:

    • LOCATION, COUNTRY – MONTH DAY: Aerial views of Location on Month Day, Year in location, State, Country.

    • Example: AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – OCTOBER 9: Aerial views of Auckland CBD on a bright sunny day on October 9, 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand. 

For full Terms and Conditions, visit here

By submitting to the Take to the Skies New Zealand Drone Footage Competition, your footage will be submitted to Getty Images. Getty Images licences the uploaded footage, and you receive recurring royalties via Aerologix when purchases are made. You maintain the copyright to all content submitted.

Submissions will only be accepted via the Aerologix pilot web portal – you can enter here.

Not a problem – simply contact us at hello@aerologix.com


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