RTF Competition March 12th to 25th - Straight Down - Winners Announced


The members of GADC have decided that the best of the three subjects offered for the period of March 12th to 25th is Straight Down; the one thing we can’t control by vote is the weather; it is the middle of March - Good Luck!

Straight Down? I guess we might not need the “obviously in flight / higher than your eyeline” stipulation for a couple of weeks then … :sunglasses:

As discussed at length in previous RTF and Calendar Competition threads, it would be greatly appreciated if you would take a couple of minutes to RTFRules.


The requirement is to submit a still image created using a drone to illustrate the subject of the competition. The subject for the competition running from 00:01 March 12th to 23:00 March 25th 2023 is Straight Down

The image must be captured during the time that the competition is open. It is a Reason To Fly competition so please show that the image is created by a flying camera!

Editing is confined to colour and exposure adjustments and crop only. There must be no removal or pasting of an object.

You can create as many images as you wish and submit the best in this thread. However, only one image will be accepted for judging. If you wish to show multiple entries please place each in a separate post and indicate which one you wish to be your competition entry - otherwise your last submitted image will be placed in the poll. Basically, if you have a selection of images of the same subject, have the courage of your convictions and post only the one that you think is best

Images must be posted with the following information as a minimum:

  • Location
  • Time and date
  • Aircraft/camera used
  • Feel free to add any further information that you think will be of interest


Images will be judged by the members of GADC who may vote for any number of images by means of an anonymous poll open for two days after the closing date for competition entries.

Voting in the poll is open to all GADC members, whether they have entered the competition or not.

You may vote for all, some or none of the entries.

The original media may be requested by the judges in case of a dispute.


The competition subject will be announced every second Saturday around 22:30. The subject will be chosen by a poll of GADC members selecting from three that have been picked at random from the subject list. You may make additions to the list at any time.

The competition will run from Sunday 00.01 to Saturday 23.00 fourteen days later. Voting by poll will be open for a further two days until Monday 22:00

The winner, second and third-placed competitors will be announced shortly after the vote is closed and counted

Have Fun! Be Safe!

All flights are the sole responsibility of the individual conducting them. Each competitor must abide by the drone code and adhere to the limitations and restrictions imposed upon them by aviation law, the aircraft being used and the qualifications they hold. Landowners’ wishes and permissions must be respected and adhered to. If a flight is undertaken in a restricted zone proof of permission having been granted is required.


RTF Rules. :joy::smirk:

This’ll be interesting ….

:joy: :+1:

Unless you’re in Australia :wink:

Pitstone Windmill - Buckinghamshire

:12th March 2023
:10:50 am


Alwoodley Allotments.
Eccup, Leeds.
12/03/2023 - 16:54.
DJI Mini 3 Pro.
ISO 100.
Shutter 1/40s, -0.7ev.


Nice, and maybe a future competition theme, Not what it seems. My first thought was circuit board.

I never thought of that but definitely see it :+1:t3:

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Taken at Elveston Castle, Derbyshire
15/03/23 at approx 1230hrs with mini 3 Pro
5 x DNG AEB, Edited in Lightroom Classic
ISO 100

Elvaston Castle is a stately home in Derbyshire. The Gothic Revival castle and surrounding parkland is run and owned by Derbyshire County Council as a country park known as Elvaston Castle Country Park. The country park has 200 acres (0.81 km2) of woodlands, parkland and formal gardens. The centrepiece of the estate is the Grade II Listed Elvaston Castle. The castle has been neglected and is in need of restoration. Due to its condition, the building is not open to the public, and since 2008 has been listed on the Buildings at Risk Register. Derbyshire County Council estimates the castle and estate requires significant investment for both restoration and to support its longer-term maintenance. In 2017 The Elvaston Castle and Gardens Trust was created to manage the estate once these works, which are already underway, are completed.


Kirkstall, Leeds.
17/03/2023 - 18:36.
DJI Mini 3 Pro.
ISO 100.
Shutter 1/5s, -1.3ev.


Old Farnell site.
Armley, Leeds.
18/03/2023 - 15:34.
DJI Mini 3 Pro.
ISO 100.
Shutter 1/640s, -0.7ev.


Loughborough Carillon, Queen’s Park, Loughborough.
Picture taken 18/03/2023, 16:05.
DJI Mini 2, altitude 65m.
ISO100, 1/640, F2.8(fixed). Manual exposure, deliberately underexposed to avoid blowing the sunny side of the roof out, as happened when I took a similar shot previously.
I waited for some light cloud to drift in front of the sun to soften the harsh light a bit, which let me get a better exposure overall.
Shot in DNG and adjusted using Adobe Camera Raw.
The park was fairly quiet so I judged it to fall well short of an assembly of people.


St. Peter and St. Paul
Little Gaddesden - Hertfordshire
DJI Mini 3 pro -18-03-2023 - Time 13:26


Straight Down


Frosty Morning at Waltham Windmill Golf Course
Image taken 0758 15th March 2023
Near to Ings lane Waltham
DJI Mini3 pro

Founded in 1997, Waltham Windmill Golf Club offers an exciting and challenging round of golf in a beautiful landscaped setting in 125 acres of the Lincolnshire countryside


Might be playing there in the spring. Sister-in-law moved there last year and her hubby’s challenged me to a match.

Anchorsholme Park
19th March 2023 @ 08:17
DJi Mini 3

The United Utilities logo was used as inspiration for the main pathway and created a flow through the space. Each area then developed a themed and created the overall story of the Riverdance Ferry crash, such as Wetpour waves as they were able to tell the story of how the ship became wrecked.


Wrecked boats on Fleetwood Marsh

14:16 on 18/03/23, DJI Mini 2


Bridge over River Nidd.
Knaresborough .
19/03/2023 - 15:35.
DJI Mini 3 Pro.
ISO 100.
Shutter 1/320s, -1.7ev.