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Global drone awards platform announces 2021 judges

23 Feb Global drone awards platform announces 2021 judges

Airwards, the global drone awards platform, is pleased to unveil its line-up of judges for the scheme’s inaugural year. Judges include global leaders, pre-eminent drone experts and industry specialists from the US, UK, India, Australia, South Africa, Senegal, Malawi and Switzerland. The not-for-profit also announces that its awards are now free to enter this year, in order to ease budget pressures companies are facing as a result of the pandemic.

Airwards’ mission is to champion best practice drone work from around the world. The judging line-up is designed to reflect the breadth of differing disciplines and pioneering industries recognised by the first-of-its-kind awards programme. The award categories span a number of uses and sectors, including specific Industries/Fields, Technology, Operations, Supporting Services and Giving Back, with a People’s Choice category voted for by the public.

Airwards judges 2021

Gemma Alcock, Founder, SkyBound Rescuer

Wayne Baker, Director of Public Safety Integration, DJI

Will Barnes, UAS Service Lead, Frazer-Nash

James Bell, Acting Innovation Strategy Lead, CAA Innovation Hub

Gareth Beverley, Managing Director, Consortiq

Dr. Olivier Defawe, Director, VillageReach

Romeo Durscher, Vice President, Auterion

David Guerin, Safety, Operations, & Regulations Adviser, African Drone Forum

Mahmood Hussein, CEO, Global Drone Solutions

Louise Jupp, Founder, Terreco Aviation

Duncan Lees, 3D Scanning Specialist, Visualskies

Manu Lubrano, Co-Founder, INVOLI

Ellie Mackay, Founder, Ellipsis Earth

Dr. Pippa Malmgren, Economic Advisor and Author

Eugene Maseya, Co-Founder, MamaBird

Queen Ndlovu, Drone Author and CEO & Co-Founder, QP Drone Tech

Stephen Oh, Founder, XM2 PURSUIT

Anna Plaster, Director, OASIS

Tiamiyou Radji, Director, Senegal Flying Labs

Simon Ritterband, Founder, Moonrock Drone Insurance

Smit Shah, Director of Partnerships, Drone Federation of India

Will Stamatopoulos, Airline Pilot and Director, In Motion Aero

Hannah Tew, Innovation Lead, Future Flight at Innovate UK

Prof. Antonios Tsourdos, Director of Research, Cranfield University

Charles Werner, Director, DRONERESPONDERS

Gareth Whatmore, Co-Founder & CEO, DronePrep

Richard Nichols, Airwards founder, says: “We’re extremely proud to announce this year’s Airwards judges. We’re committed to recognising best practice drone work across a large number of fields and disciplines. We believe our year one judging line-up reflects the diverse range of innovation and incredible work being accomplished by the global drone industry.

“We’ve also been aware that the past year has been tough for most people, as well as for businesses, so we decided to make all award entries free for our inaugural year as a way to alleviate any financial barriers to entering. Airwards is open to all and we can’t wait to champion our winners demonstrating how drones are changing the world for the better.”