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"Take Over America" goes Viral in China

SHENZHEN, China, July 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

A marketing agency in Shenzhen has given the world a glimpse of what the world could look like if China took over by creating U.S. currency featuring faces of Chinese emperors.

The $100 Bill Features Emperor Qin Shihuang
The $100 Bill Features Emperor Qin Shihuang

ITTIZ and Global from Asia sent red envelopes containing the bills to 500 of the biggest companies in Shenzhen, including Lenovo, ZTE, MEIZU, Huawei, Haier, OPPO, DJI, and others. All of the bills are actual U.S. currency notes, ranging in value from $1 to $100, with a removable sticker of a Chinese emperor covering the respective U.S. icon’s image.

A few companies responded for requests to comment after receiving the envelopes.

  • "It really puts into perspective the current state of global affairs and how the world is so quickly changing." Q. Shah, CEO, ATOM.
  • "Received the envelope and instantly thought that this will probably offend some people overseas, however we mainly see the comedic aspect of it."  Enzo Wang, CEO, Jinzhouheng Electronics.
  • "Pretty excited to receive the red envelope. Who doesn’t love lucky money?! Initial thought was confusion as I thought it was fake, but extra happy when I found out the sticker was peelable and money was real. Not your normal campaign. Ballsy." Ibby Azzam, CEO, Mazai Sourcing.

The timing for sending out the red envelopes coincides with the Fourth of July, American Independence Day, which was chosen for maximum impact.

ITTIZ came up with the idea for the campaign a few months ago when considering the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. Sean Davis, CEO of ITTIZ, said that with the current state of globalization and the general interconnectedness of countries, the likelihood of China’s rise is as probable as ever and pulling back isn’t a reasonable option. This is ITTIZ’s second campaign; the first one was in April last year and impacted around 15 million people.

Real US Currency with Chinese Emperor Stickers
Real US Currency with Chinese Emperor Stickers

The company wanted to create something that taught companies in Shenzhen the value of thinking creatively, and so the currency, political, competitive and comedic aspect of this campaign became appealing.

Along with support from Mike Michelini, CEO of Global from Asia, the campaign to send the U.S. currency to Chinese companies began. Each note is customized and titled, "Are you ready to take over America?"

ITTIZ believes this was a creative way to share the importance of marketing with Chinese companies by tying it in directly with currency, revenues, and overseas competition. The campaign is expected to reach a wide audience spanning various industries. Thus far, there has been a range of reaction, with the majority finding the campaign humorous.

"The campaign sparked the imagination of all those involved," said Sean Davis. Davis expects this campaign will attract more attention to his company and showcase what ITTIZ can do for clients.

"We found the red envelopes to be quite humorous" Leo Chen, CEO, JUISIR.

Mike Michelini, who has been in China for over 10 years, was surprised by the reception the campaign received. "We did not anticipate the campaign would spread this quickly."

Both Davis and Michelini are supporters of Shenzhen and have lived in the dynamic city for over a decade.

"One of the other reasons we ran this campaign was to showcase the creative abilities currently available in Shenzhen. A lot of the time there is a large focus on hardware, while the creatives are left out in the cold. We wanted to show that Shenzhen is not only a place for hardware innovation, but for innovation on all fronts, such as, in our case, marketing, branding, and design," said Davis.

"We see Shenzhen being a technology hub for the 21st century. We feel that creative ideas will only accelerate this movement. The future is coming at us quickly, everything in today’s economy is up for grabs, and Shenzhen is ready to grab hold and take it!"

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SkyPixel Picks Best Aerial & Drone Imagery of 2016

Competition featured over 27,000 entries from around the world

SHENZHEN, China, Jan. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — SkyPixel, the world’s most popular aerial photography community run in cooperation with DJI, has concluded a two-month global competition by selecting a series of beautiful and breathtaking aerial images as the top drone photographs of 2016.

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The 2016 SkyPixel Photo of the Year went to "Fishermen close the net," a photograph by Ge Zheng shot in Fujian Province in China, in which reflections, colors and the unique aerial perspective create a startling composition from netting, poles and water. SkyPixel’s blue-ribbon judging panel selected his photo and other category winners from over 27,000 entries submitted from 131 countries.

The winning photos were selected by a jury of established photojournalists from TIME and Conde Nast Traveler, along with a host of prize-winning photographers and popular travel photographers.

For his winning entry, Zheng will receive a DJI Inspire 2, a DJI Mavic Pro, Epson Moverio BT-300 smart glasses, Epson SureColor P400 Wide Format Photo Printer and an Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan (1-year membership).

In addition to the grand prize, SkyPixel picked first-, second- and third-place selections in three different categories — "beauty," "360″ and "drones in use." Professional and enthusiast entries were judged separately. The SkyPixel competition also awarded prizes to photos designated as "most popular"; winners for the Popular Prize were chosen by the number of "likes" they received on SkyPixel. SkyPixel collaborated on the 2016 competition with prizes sponsored by DJI, Epson, Adobe, Insta360 and Ctrip and media partners TIME, Conde Nast Traveler and FStoppers.

Selection of other photos that made the final winning list

All winning entries can be viewed here*:
Hi-res photos can be downloaded here*:

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About SkyPixel
SkyPixel was founded in 2014 and has become a leading global community for aerial photographers and videographers. The platform has over one million registered users and hosts thousands of aerial images and videos uploaded daily by users from around the world. Leading works have received over 1 million views. The world’s largest aerial photography contest was hosted by SkyPixel in 2016, with over 27,000 entries received from 146 countries. In addition, SkyPixel also promotes the growth of the aerial community, with an educational section featuring key experts of aerial imaging who provide tips on how to produce the best aerial photography.

Top 10 Aerial Photos from Around the World

Showcasing some of the best work from the SkyPixel 2016 Photo Contest

SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — SkyPixel, the world’s largest community dedicated to aerial photography, today released its top picks of aerial photos taken by photographers and drone enthusiasts from around the world. These 10 photos were considered to be some of the best works submitted to the SkyPixel 2016 Photo Contest thus far.

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The SkyPixel 2016 Photo Contest is still accepting entries and will continue to run until December 30, 2016. Photographs from any type of aerial platform are welcome and participants can submit as many photos as they like throughout the contest period. Participants can choose to take part either in the Professional category or as an Enthusiast (i.e. those that do aerial photography as a hobby). The contest is in partnership with TIME, Condé Nast Traveler and Fstoppers who have provided esteemed judges and photography experts to evaluate the entries. To enter the contest:

The SkyPixel 2016 Photo Contest is sponsored by DJI, Epson, Adobe, Insta360 and Ctrip. The grand prize, valued over USD 5,500, includes the recently released Inspire 2, Mavic Pro and Epson Moverio BT-300 smart glasses. Other fabulous prizes include the DJI Phantom 4 Pro, Osmo, Osmo+, Osmo Mobile and the ‘Above the World: Earth Through a Drone’s Eye’ coffee table book.

The SkyPixel 2016 Photo Contest joins DJI’s 10th Anniversary Celebration to highlight the spectacular images that aerial technologies can create. The goal is to show the world why aerial imaging is the next evolution of photographic art and showcase new talents from around the world.

Note: Media who would like to feature any of the photos above can do so with credits to the original photographer and a link to the original image or to

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1. Infinity Road to Transylvania by Calin Stan – The
The true beauty and winding nature of Cheia (DN1A), a road in Romania that leads you into Transylvania, can only be shown through aerials as depicted here.

2. Ship Wreck at L’Agulhas by Dirke Heydenrych
A dramatic sunset is the perfect backdrop for this shipwreck off the Cape L’Algulhas headland in South Africa 

3. Dronie by Manish Mamtani

A bridge caked in snow in New Hampshire was the perfect opportunity for Manish Mamtani and his wife, both wearing bright clothing, to create a contrasting "dronie" (selfie taken by drone) against the monotonous white winter cold.

4. by 225158586

Rice terraces are more commonly synonymous with Bali, but the man-made phenomenon also occurs throughout Asia, as user 225158586 showcases the presence of this unique feature in Fujian through aerial means.

5. WWII airplane by Salim Madjd
A World War 2 airplane at the outdoor display of the Belarusian Great Patriotic War Museum is caked in snow from a light snowstorm overnight, with a photo taken during ‘blue hour’ in the early morning.

6. Crop Triangle by Eddie Oosthuizen

Crop irrigation and agriculture can also be fascinating visually, as shown here with a barren triangle forming between three crop types planted in a circular motion for efficient irrigation.

7. Barskog by Atle Goutbeek
The sun and snow form a beautiful contrast in a wintery forest

8. Night lights by jeff
A private superyacht stands out with its lights in the dark waters at night from above

9. Winter by Tomasz Walczack
A road cuts through the harsh starkness of a forest experiencing winter.

Camels cast a long shadow in the sun of the desert on a trek to find water

About SkyPixel

SkyPixel was founded in 2014 and has become a leading global community for aerial photographers and videographers. The platform has over one million registered users and hosts thousands of aerial images and videos uploaded daily by users from around the world. Leading works have received over 1 million views. The world’s largest aerial photography contest was hosted by SkyPixel in 2015, with over 11,000 entries received from 146 countries. In addition, SkyPixel also promotes the growth of the aerial community, with an educational section featuring key experts of aerial imaging who provide tips on how to produce the best aerial photography.

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