2017.04.07 Fri

The Fukuoka Drone Creative Award, a contest for videos captured by drones, is now accepting submissions

As a way of ushering in the drone as a familiar instrument in the creative arts, and in the interest of discovering brand new talent, we are holding a contest to find the best drone-captured video.
Experience the type of photographic expression that only drones can create, along the backdrop of Nokonoshima. (We will also accept videos taken in other locations.)

We await submissions that represent a works of art which truly allow one to discover or rediscover the wonders of Fukuoka.

Submission Categories
◆Category A The Fukuoka Mayoral Prize: ¥100,000 cash prize
Submissions including drone-captured images of Nokonoshima
◆Category B ¥30,000 cash prize
Submissions including drone-captured images of the Fukuoka area

Submission Timeline
April 10th, 2017 (Mon) – May 15th (Mon)

How to Submit
Please upload your video to your own Youtube or Vimeo account, then send an email to including the URL, video title, your name, address, phone number, and capture date (to confirm whether it was before or after the drone-related law revisions).

Submission Rules
・Must by approximately 1 minute in length (between 50 and 90 seconds)
・The time and date of creation is not relevant.
・A single applicant may submit any number of creations.
・Please agree to the following terms and conditions before making your submission.
All submissions will be treated as having been submitted under agreement to the terms and conditions.
・All individuals under 18 years of age should obtain permission from their parent or guardian before submitting.
All submissions will be treated as having obtained permission from the applicant’s parent or guardian.

Terms and Conditions
Please read the following terms carefully before making your submission.
・All laws and ordinances regarding drone flight must be adhered to in obtaining one’s submission.
・Submitted works must not infringe on the rights of a third party, such as by slander or copyright violation, and all works that are in violation of this condition will not be disqualified from the contest. In the event of an issue related to the infringement of rights, all shall be settled at the responsibility and expense of the applicant.
・Please note that each applicant’s submission may be displayed to the public through printing, video screening, etc., for not-for-profit publicity activities contributing to PR for the city of Fukuoka (including advertising campaigns and publicization of this contest) by the sponsor of this event or by a third party recognized by the sponsor.
・Please note that we are not able to respond to any inquiries regarding the judging process.
・Submissions may be duplicated for entry into other contests. Works submitted to contests which restrict duplicate submissions, works for which the applicant has transferred copyright or a license agreement to the organizer of the contest or a third party, and works for which the contest organizer or a third party has specified transfer of copyright or a license agreement as a requirement may not be submitted.

Initial Screening
・A small number of exceptional works will be selected through an executive screening process.
The finalists will be announced on our homepage.
*The winning video will be used by the city of Shizuoka for official PR purposes

Final selection / Grand prize announcement
 May 23rd, 2017
 The awards ceremony will take place at Global Startup Drone MeetFes(
 *The ceremony will be held at Fukuoka Growth Next, at the former site of Daimyo Elementary School (Fukuoka-shi, Chuo-ku, Daimyo 2-6-11)

Mr. Kazutaka Yamaguchi and Mrs. Mariko Yamaguchi (from “Honeymoon Traveler,” a blog about taking a drone on a honeymoon around the world)
Ms. Gosia Petaux (Bordeaux Technowest Secretary General)
Professor Iku Nishitani (part-time lecturer at Seinan Gakuin University and member of the programming team for the “Focus on Asia” Fukuoka International Film Festival)

Related events
 Drone Flight Experience Event April 15th, 2017 (Sat) 2:00 – 4:00pm
 Former Sunoko Elementary School gymnasium (Fukuoka-shi, Chuo-ku, Otemon 3-15-1)
How to participate: Please send an email to which clearly lists the names of all participants, a representative email for your party, and your telephone number (one with which we can reach you on the day of the event).

Sponsors: Creative Lab Fukuoka, the city of Fukuoka, and the Fukuoka Directive Council
Administrative Office: Reevo Inc.
For Inquiries:

Judge: Mr. Kazutaka Yamaguchi and Mrs. Mariko Yamaguchi
Judge: Ms. Gosia Petaux (Bordeaux Technowest Secretary General)
Judge: Professor Iku Nishitani