New Zealand Tourism goes one up on the selfie by launching the ongoing Audi quattro Winter Games with dronies- a new trend emerging globally that uses a flying camera to take videos from the sky.

first_imgWell, this photo features double gold medallist alpine skier Ted Ligety along with athletes, supporters and organisers up close at the South Island resort of Queenstown, New Zealand, as he launches the 2015 Audi quattro Winter Games (August 21-August 30).But what’s so cool is that the image, touted as the ultimate selfie, has been captured by a dronie – a pioneering way to take a selfie with a drone aircraft.  Coronet Peak, Queenstown, location for the official opening ceremony of the Audi quattro Winter GamesThe dronie (drone aircraft with a mounted camera) captured the excitement of the athletes, supporters and organisers up close and then gained altitude to expose the snow-capped mountains and contrasting lakes of Queenstown.A play on the ‘selfie’ phenomenon, a ‘dronie’ is a new trend emerging globally that uses a flying camera to take videos from the sky. Tourism New Zealand’s NZ dronie campaign offers holiday-makers the chance to capture the ultimate holiday ‘selfie’ by capturing an eight second video of themselves, which they can instantly share with their friends on social media using the hashtag #NZdronie. Visiting Macau? Don’t forget to take selfies! A dronie captures a stunning view of the Remarkables and Lake WakatipuChief Executive of Tourism New Zealand, Kevin Bowler was thrilled to launch the Winter Games in such a unique way. He says, “I can’t think of a better way to profile an event like this than by capturing the whole stunning winter scene from the air, showing world class athletes in this spectacular Winter Games setting.”advertisementThe Games in the South Island resort of Queenstown, New Zealand, have become New Zealand’s largest recurring sports event and one of the top five on the international winter sports circuit.last_img

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