Aerial Footage of the Open Water – High From Above Offers New Perspectives
Back in 2012,Andrew Martens of Helicam Productions began filming and doing aerial photography of the aQuellé Midmar Mile in South Africa. His aerial imagery was taken by remote controlled helicopters (Helicams) called the Quadcopter. Over the last decade, Martens and many other filmmakers and event directors around the world have captured the aerial footage of open water events and swimmers – offering a new and unusual perspective of the sport and its competitors.
Helicam Productions (formerly known as RC Helicam) was nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year award. Its World Open Water Swimming Association nomination reads, “The RC Helicam is truly a remarkable innovation for the global open water swimming community. For outstanding high-definition aerial footage of any open water swim, there is no more convenient, lower cost, technologically advanced means to showcase the sport and its participants from the air. An innovation by Andrew Martens, the remote-controlled helicopter system is portable, light, compact and has been proven at the world’s largest swim, the aQuellé Midmar Mile in South Africa. For bringing the sport closer to the media and general public, for its ability to showcase the sport with beautiful aerial footage that can be streamed online, the RC Helicam is selected as a nominee for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.“
Ultimately, the awareness and appreciation of the sport of open water swimming has been significantly enhanced and widely exposed with these new aerial perspectives:
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