Dutch Drone Pilot Produces Award-Winning Film of Portugal

August 20, 2018

Sometimes travelers are too busy taking pictures or videos of their surroundings to truly appreciate their environment. That happened to one drone pilot from the Netherlands who used that as motivation — and turned it into an award-winning video.

Dutch pilot Zilver Schmitz was the latest winner in the . The 17-year-old pilot’s film “” took home the top prize after voting was open to the community of AirV?z content creators and aerial video enthusiasts.

Schmitz said the idea for his film came after he took a trip to Norway last year. During the trip, he became too wrapped up with filming that he forgot to soak up the scenery around him. So with that in mind, he put together another production, this time in Portugal’s island of Madeira. 

Using a DJI Mavic Pro for the aerial footage and a Panasonic GH5 for the ground visuals, Schmitz put together the two-minute film and uploaded it to . It was chosen by a team of AirV?z curation staff members as one of five finalists for the weekly contest.

Schmitz said he’s been flying drones for about a year. He credits watching lots of tutorial videos and plenty of practice for honing his piloting skills, which have now earned him the top prize in AirV?z’s weekly contest.


“I think the moment you look at your screen and see that you captured an amazing shot, that feeling is indescribable,” Schmitz said.

Schmitz’s video featured Portugal, which is becoming a popular place for drone pilots to fly. More videos like his can be found on AirV?z in a collection of . Other countries from around the world are also featured in curated on AirV?z, providing travelers an opportunity to see aerial footage of destinations from to .


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