2021 has been declared as the "Year of Science and Technology" in Russia. This weekend the VDNH (a huge exhibition center and amusement park in Moscow) hosted the "Technosreda" festival dedicated to science and technology in our country. This is not the first time when we collaborate with Georgy Molodtsov, one of the most active VR and 360 promoters in Russia. Georgy Molodtsov prepared a very intense 360 film program, from Russia and abroad. On our behalf, we demonstrated the Kizhi movie (Laureate of the Shanghai Film Festival) that has been created in cooperation with the Kizhi Museum Reserve.
This weekend, the results of the panoramic photography competition The EPSON International Pano Awards 2021 were announced.
This year is significant for us. After all, we have been participating in this prestigious competition for 10 years already! Progress is not static, the possibilities of panoramic and VR photography are expanding more and more every year, we are very proud that this year the founder of the AirPano project, Oleg Gaponyuk, won the gold medal (for a split panorama from Jellyfish Lake in Palau) and has become the «VR Photographer of the Year» for the fifth time. One of our authors, Alexey Matveyev got the second place (for Mutnovsky volcano at sunset, Kamchatka), and the works by Ivan Roslyakov (sunrise at the Himalayas) and by Stas Sedov (Cape Town in mist) entered top 20. Congratulations to all participants and winners!
From September 3 to September 17, 2021, the Kizhi Museum takes part in the Days of Spiritual Culture of Russia in Hungary. The exhibition "Kizhi — Past and Present" is being held at the National Library of Foreign Literature in Hungary.
This exhibition presents photographs of the unique reserve of peasant culture and folk architecture, as well as models of some of the 82 unique monuments of Russian wooden architecture of the 14th — 20th centuries.
The exhibition also demonstrates a VR film about Kizhi Island, filmed by AirPano (became the winner in the VR nomination at the 24th Shanghai International Film Festival).
On June 17, the results of the 24th Shanghai International Film Festival 2021 were announced. We are proud to inform that our film "Kizhi. The wooden wonder of Russia" became the winner in the VR category. The Shanghai Film Festival is the largest in China. Although we couldn't go to China, our representative Jasmine Li received a winner certificate on our behalf.
Especially for the festival, we voiced the film in Chinese, but here you can see the English version.
The results of the 2nd international competition for underwater photography "Neptune Stars-2020", which was dedicated to the 20th anniversary of "Neptune" magazine, were summed up. Oleg Gaponyuk took the 1st place in 'Photo with diver' category and 3rd place in 'Wide angle' category.
The third AirPano German-language book, Europabilder, has finally been published! This is a unique catalogue of the bird's eye views of the most remarkable landscapes and sights of Europe presented in excellent quality. The book contains 200 pages with 100 illustrations, backstage stories and interesting facts. This fabulous deluxe edition is available on Geo and Amazon websites.
The previous AirPano German-language books are Weltbilder and Neue Weltbilder.
9 years in a row AirPano has won in the main categories of The EPSON International Pano Awards. This year our photographers make the Top 20 list in the 360° category of the best panoramas of the year and Oleg Gaponyuk has become the VR photographer of the year and won the first place for his underwater split-panorama from Palau archipelago.
It is worth noting that Oleg had to spent more than two months in Palau due to the world lockdown. But this made it possible to take a close look for the underwater world of the amazing archipelago.
1. Oleg Gaponyuk — Split in the Cave, Chandelier Cave, Palau
5. Oleg Gaponyuk — Inside a Coral Cave, Komodo Islands, Indonesia
7. Ádám Plézer — In the Middle of Pacific Ocean. Caroline Atoll. Kiribati
11. Sergey Rumyantsev — Winter on the Top of Kuntivaara, Finland
16. Ivan Roslyakov — Hidden Side of Annapurna Sanctuary, Himalayas, Nepal, Grand Barrier
18. Stas Sedov — The Biggest Wooden Church in the World, Kizhi UNESCO Heritage Site.
Here is a good example of using 360° panoramas made by AirPano: the “Supernatural” VR game for Oculus Quest. This is a fitness application, where you do sports in the most beautiful places on the planet and with unusual interactivity. A trailer and more information can be viewed on the Oculus website.
Sergey Semenov took a third place in the "Japan: a country where everything is different" photo contest. he contest was organized by the Moscow office of the Japanese National Tourism Organization and took place on the official website of the National Geographic Russia.
"A spontaneous trip to the area of Khibara turned out to be an unexpected success. While the maple leaves were turning red in Tokyo, the first snow fell there. After a long night trip, nature gave us a great gift — a delightful frosty sunrise and a soaring lake," — this is how photographer Sergey Semenov describes his shot.
Oleg Gaponyuk took a second place in the Wide Angle nomination at a very prestigious international underwater photography contest «Underwater Photographer of the Year» — UPY 2020.
Judge's comment: "One of my favourites from the entire competition. The idea of a panoramic frame to present this image is very forward thinking. The even spread of light from all four corners, top to bottom is superb. The lighting in particular, very subtle indeed. Last but not least, the outline of a diver and torch way behind in the blue water background. All of these elements together create huge depth perspective throughout. I find this particular image nothing short of magnificent!" — Martin Edge
The winners of the The International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2019 contest were announced yesterday. Sergey Semenov’s photo “Northern Lights on Barents Sea” has become one of the 100 best landscapes of 2019!
We have received an award from YouTube for passing 100,000 subscribers on our YouTube channel, where we publish all our 360° videos.
Hope to receive the next award for 1 million subscribers soon.
For eight consecutive years we have won in the main categories of The Epson International Pano Awards. This year three of our works make the Top 20 list in the VR nomination of the best panoramas of the year: Stanislav Sedov and his panorama of Hong Kong, Oleg Gaponyuk with a split panorama of a whale shark, Dmitry Moiseenko — 360° photo of a bald cypress swamp in Louisiana. And the photo taken in Northern Ireland by Sergey Semenov — “Giants Have Gone” — is in the Top 50 list of the Open Awards nomination - Nature / Landscape, and also received a special prize!
The Norwegian film festival Nordische Filmtage Lübeck 2019 took place in Germany from October 29 to November 3.
Our 360 video from Norway was represented at this festival in the dome cinema! Watching the northern lights in such a format is an incredible pleasure. The audience enjoyed it a lot!
2019 has been declared the year of Theatre in Russia, so TASS News Agency has launched a special project "Theatre Day. Virtual 360-tour to four Russian theatres". We are glad to participate in this project and introduce the first virtual tour to Russian State Academic Drama Theatre named after Fyodor Volkov in Yaroslavl. It is the place where Russian professional theatre was born in 1750. We managed not only to visit Russia's oldest theatre but also capture the teamwork: see all behind-the-scene things and dressing rooms, visit rehearsals, witnessed the stage scenery installation and, of course, enjoy the excellent performance of "The Seagull"!
Filming this kind of projects requires specific equipment and facilities, so we needed to have several shooting spots and an extra camera, for which we want to thank our partners Insta360. Insta360 Pro2 cameras have proved to be reliable in both theatrical performances and the cold at the altitude of 3,500 meters... But that's a story about our different project that we will uncover soon!
For more details go to the TASS website (and watch a 360° video).
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Our 360 movie was shown at the Cannes Festival the other day! The largest yachting festival in the world, the Cannes Yachting Festival 2019, ended in the Gulf of Cannes. Our friends and partners from the Dream Yacht Charter traditionally participated in this event and demonstrated there our panoramic video in the virtual reality glasses!
The second part of the special project “Theater Day” has been published on the TASS news agency website. This time a 360° virtual tour we have been working on is dedicated to the Alexandrinsky Theater in St. Petersburg and the process of making the play “Blessed Ksenia. Love story". Fascinating bird's-eye views of St. Petersburg, rehearsals, preparing the stage and the auditorium before the performance, dressing rooms and much more - all behind-the-scene things that you are curious to know and see with your own eyes, are now available in a virtual format. Come and enjoy!
We were filiming from several points from different cameras. Special thanks to our reliable partners from www.Insta360.ru for the camera.
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Laval Virtual Asia 2019 – an Exhibition and Conference on VR&AR and Immersive Techniques took place in Qingdao, China from June 27th to 29th. This year 3000 visitors, 180 exhibitors and 150 speakers attended the conference. AirPano was represented by Sergey Semenov and our Chinese partner Jasmine Lee from JSMVR.
Yesterday, in the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, the "Golden Turtle" International Wildlife Festival presented an exhibition of the best works of photographers from around the world. The exhibition "Planet Earth. Fragile Perfection" is dedicated to World Earth Day, the main goal of which is to involve the public into environmental issues. Two works by Sergey Rumyantsev — "Gannet colony after rain" and "Water billiards" — and one work by Mike Reyfman are included in this unique collection.
LG Uplus, one of South Korea's main mobile operators, has released the first 5G smartphone and 5G-based VR service, allowing you to enjoy exclusive 3D VR content, as well as 4K UHD VR images that are four times brighter than Full-HD. The vivid content, developed by LG Uplus and leading worldwide manufacturers of 3D virtual reality, will provide its customers a unique experience of VR. And we are incredibly happy to be a part of this revolutionary development, because LG Uplus uses our content too!
5G service allows you to download your favourite movies in seconds, manage a drone without leaving your room, feel the unforgettable atmosphere in the heart of a sports match, look at the smallest details in your favourite TV programs and much more!
On March, 27, the Pico Interactive company released their new virtual reality glasses — Pico G2 4K. The company used our high-quality content to demonstrate the capabilities of its latest development.
Oleg Gaponyuk has become a silver winner of the prestigious underwater photography contest Deep Indonesia in the Reefscapes nomination with his panorama of the coral reef in the Queen's Gardens archipelago. Also the photo of the "Jellyfish Bay", taken in Indonesia was highly appreciated. And we must mention the contribution of Ivan Roslyakov, who stitched these panoramic pictures.
Dive Show – the biggest diving exhibition in Russia and Eastern Europe is taking place in Moscow January 31 – February 3. There you may find our underwater content: photos by Oleg Gaponyuk and Max Guzovsky and 360 videos, which visitors can watch in a VR headset.
The updated Insta Pro 2 model will help us shoot 360° stereo videos in 8K resolution, and 360° mono videos in 8K with 60 fps. Insta One X is the most compact option for shooting 360° videos in 5,7K resolution and that gives us the possibility to work in the most difficult and extreme conditions, where it is better not to risk losing or damaging professional equipment.
By using the FarSight set we will be able to see on-line what the camera is capturing, even when it is on the drone up in the sky. The StateFlow stabilization system will help us get smooth pictures even when the drone makes fast maneuvers, or when there is strong wind.
The winners of the most prestigious panoramic photo contest Epson International Pano Awards have been announced. Oleg Gaponyuk took first place in the VR/360 nomination with his split panorama of Jellyfish Bay. Oleg is the winner of the VR category for the third year in a row! Sergey Rumyantsev took the fifth place with his panorama of the Baikal Lake. Apart from that, 4 panoramas by Oleg and 1 panorama by Ivan Roslyakov are in the Top-20. AirPano has been winning in this contest since 2013.
1st place. Jellyfish Bay. Split panorama (Raja Ampat, Indonesia) — Oleg Gaponyuk
5th place. Milky Way above Baikal Lake (Russia) — Sergey Rumyantsev
12th place. Milky Way above Himalayas (Nepal) — Ivan Roslyakov
14th place. Southern Maldives from above (Mahaddhoo Island, Maldives) — Oleg Gaponyuk
15th place. Jellyfish Bay (Raja Ampat, Indonesia) — Oleg Gaponyuk
18th place. Manta Rays. Underwater panorama (Maldives) — Oleg Gaponyuk
The WCVRI (World Conference on VR Industry) took place in Nanchang, China, from October 19th till 21th. Sergey Semenov was one of the speakers and told about the technology of shooting 360° content. There were also AirPano videos on Lenovo, Visbit, PicoVR and UtoVR stands. The goverments of China and Nanchang County organized a VR disctrict with 4 floors of VR experiences
We've received National Geographic Traveler with our photo inside. The photo of the Great Wall of China made by Dmitry Moiseenko for AirPano.
The international exhibition and conference Laval Virtual Asia 2018, dedicated to the technologies of augmented and virtual reality, has opened today in China. AirPano CEO Sergey Semenov went there to represent our project.
Astronauts see the Earth as glorious blue ball. But you don't need to fly to the Space to see the beauty of our planet. Just watch our video, where we have combined the best "planets" of Russia. There will be a following of the most interesting planet views of the world.
We're pleased to tell you about our friend Ádám Plézer, who is the author of the virtual tours of French Polynesia and the Seychelles.
4 years after our app AirPano Travel Book has been relased, Apple continue to pay attention to it. This time it was on WWDC, Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. The conference take place in San Jose, USA from 4 till 9 June.
AirPano is participating in the International Conference about Virtual Reality and Panoramic Photography — IVRPA 2018. This event is now taking place in Tokyo from May 29-31, where our company is represented by Sergey Semenov.
Together with Pico company, we participate in the «China International Film & TV Programs Exhibition», where «Pico Interactive» uses AirPano content to demonstrate their VR helmets. The annual CIFTPE is a major event for film/TV program transactions in Asia, attracting global production & distribution companies as well as broadcasters. This year marks the 15th anniversary of CIFTPE with a theme of "New Era, New Accomplishments, New Chapter" showcasing how Chinese media has entered a new era.
Today our video was featured at the Cannes Festival! A 37-minute movie called «Journey around the World» about the most amazing attractions of nature (including the Arctic and Antarctica, America and Asia) was presented in a special VR section.
AirPano photos have been published in the National Geographic Traveler Russia. Below you can see panoramas of Dubai, New York and Barcelona, printed on the double pages.
"Japan: traditions and modernity" open-air exhibition is taking place in Moscow from 1 till 31 March. Among the photos of Japan by Russian photographers there are 5 made by our photographer Dmitry Moiseenko.
The anniversary and final exhibition of the largest photo exploration in Russia — The Best of Russia — takes place from 22 March till May 13 in the center of contemporary art "Winzavod" in Moscow. Sergey Semenov has become the winner in the category "100 best photos throughout the history of the project" with his photo of St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow.
The Inc. Russia Magazine has published a big article about AirPano. You can read about our story of success here.
About AirPano in Japan: there is an article about our us on the centerfold of the magazine about 360° content industry. The readers of the most popular Japanese newspaper Asahi Shinbun found out about AirPano through the publications on the website.