The Winners of SPH Engineering’s 4th International Drone Show Competition!

winners drone show, SPH Engineering 4th International Drone Show CompetitionSPH Engineering Has Announced the 22 Winners of the 4th International Drone Show Competition 

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Walker Robinson

The winners of the 4th International Drone Show Competition have been announced by SPH Engineering at the Live Design International Trade Show (LDI) in Las Vegas. The winners across eight categories were picked for their innovative and creative use of large drone fleets to tell stories, entertain crowds, market products, raise social awareness and more. The announcement was given in conjunction with a drone show from Sky Elements Drones, where 400 drones took to the Las Vegas sky to recognize the 22 winners of the competition.

In total, this year’s competition featured 105 applicants from 24 countries across the world. The number of participants has continued to grow since the competition’s founding in 2020. This is a trend that is expected to continue as the drone show industry continues to develop and expand.

Alexander Levandovskiy, Head of Drone Show Technologies at SPH Engineering, suggested the SPH Engineering team is already looking into expanding the scope and categories for the competition in coming years. He stated, “This year, the jury board faced an exceptional challenge due to the outstanding number of submissions. The caliber of entries led to the expansion of recognition to include 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places across all categories. We are committed to continuous expansion of the Drone Show Competition with industry growth and can’t wait to start work on next year’s activities to surprise you even more with better projects and wider activities.”

The winner for “Best Drone Show at an Event” went to the Lumasky Drone Show, which performed with over 1000 drones for the United Arab Emirates over the Formula 1 Baku City Circuit. The performance also included several drones armed with pyrotechnics.

“Best Drone Show for Storytelling” went to BotLab Dynamics, an Indian company that performed during the Janmashtami festival in Rajasthan, India. They utilized over 1000 drones to depict the life of Krishna, the God of Compassion and Protection.

For one of the most creative uses of a Drone Show, the “Rising Star Drone Show” first place award went to That Drone Show Guy from the United States. He used 600 drones to display a QR code over the city of Austin. Scanning the QR code redirected Austin Residents to a video of Rick Astley’s song “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

“The results of the 4th International Drone Show Competition are exceptional, and we are proud, for the first time, to bridge the online competition to an offline celebration of the winners. We’ve received an overwhelming number of amazing projects, signaling a flourishing industry. The drone show industry is evolving rapidly thanks to the increasing number of talented providers and animators contributing to the sector’s growth.” shared Levandovskiy.

The competition will return in 2024 to showcase the latest innovations within the industry. A complete list of the 2023 winners as well as recordings of their drone shows are available on the SPH Engineering YouTube page “Drone Show | COMMUNITY”.

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Walker Robinson is a 2022 Graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara with a passion for renewable energy and emerging technologies. An early career professional experienced in both sales and development of residential and utility-scale renewable energy systems, he is delighted to be part of the drone industry.