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BIRDI Drone Photo Contest Overall Winner

February 8, 2019

Congratulations to the Wanderlost Couple whose image, 'Turtles Overload', was crowned the overall winner of the BIRDI photo contest!

To pick the final winner BIRDI was able to secure the talented, ABC Journalist and Features Reporter, Jessie Davies.

It was incredibly difficult to choose the overall winner of the BIRDI photo contest. I loved all the images and the closer I looked the harder it was. I read each of the stories behind the photos and that made it even harder. What an incredibly talented bunch of ​drone photographers. ​BIRDI is so lucky to work with such talented ​drone ​pilots every day.

Jessie Davies, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

It was incredibly difficult to choose the overall winner of the BIRDI photo contest. I loved all the images and the closer I looked the harder it was. I read each of the stories behind the photos and that made it even harder. What an incredibly talented bunch of ​drone photographers. ​BIRDI is so lucky to work with such talented ​drone ​pilots every day.

  1. Tell us a bit about yourself?

I'm Jessie Davies. I grew up on a sheep farm in Coonabarabran in North West NSW and have recently returned to the region to be closer to my family who are currently battling with prolonged drought. I am a journalist by trade - it is fun, fast-paced and fascinating. I recently made the switch from the newspaper industry to broadcast media - it's my dream job.

  1. What is your role at the ABC?

I am a features reporter at the ABC. I am so lucky - my job is to capture the extraordinary. I love telling stories about everyday people with incredible stories, and living in the Western Plains regions allows me to capture magical landscapes too. I write digital stories, produce videos for television and social media and produce audio stories for radio.

The rise in popularity of drones has given journalists incredible new visual tools to add to our stories. With drone photography and videography we can take our readers to places they've never been, and give them new perspectives on age-old scenes. Recently the ABC has invested heavily in drones and trained up many lucky journalists. You will now see drone shots on most feature television stories - it's the new 'must have'. I love incorporating drone images in my digital work because they help keep people's eyeballs on my stories for longer!

  1. What did you like about the drone photo contest?

I loved how each finalist captured a different part of regional Australia. Our country is so beautiful and seeing it from such heights in all its vivid colours was so enjoyable. From the red dust at Warren to the emerald green trees on Woolamai Island, these photos showcased the very best Australia has to offer.

  1. Why did you choose the winning image?

I chose 'Turtles Overload' because I was so mesmerised by its colours. I loved the composition of the shot, especially how the swimmer is right in the middle. My eyes read the image like a book - there was so much to take in and discover within the shot. I can only imagine how thrilling it must have been for the photographers when they discovered this beach!

You can follow Jessie as Features Reporter for the ABC on her Facebook Page, Twitter or on the ABC homepage. We look forward to continuing to highlight our work with companies such as the ABC!