Drones are one of the hottest and most popular items out there. My daughter Tara got a drone for Christmas and the first time that we flew it outside, it landed in a neighbor's yard about four houses away. It's a funny story.....now.

Last year was the first ever Great New York State Fair Drone Film Festival and it is back for 2018. It's a competition for videos made by using cameras on drones. Entries for this professionally-judged competition can be uploaded here through June 30th.

There are nine different categories including two different ones; drone photography and news. You can submit your videos in one of the these categories:

* New York State Drones: For films made only in New York State
* Narrative: The drone video helps to tell a narrative story.
* Landscape & Architecture: For videos highlighting beautiful or interesting scenes.
* Showreel: Drone videographers show highlights of their best work.
* Sports: For videos about athletic action.
* Corporate/Industrial/Business: For films that feature drones and/or the people who     work with them.
* Student: For works created by high school or college students.
News: A new category this year for videos in which drones contribute to coverage of      a news story.
* Drone Photos: For still photographs taken by drones.

Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the top three selections in each category. Each gold medal winning film will be eligible for the Best of Show Award and $250 is awarded for the Best in Show video. You can go here to see last year's winner in Best of Show.

The videos will be judged by professionals with expertise in film or technology. Rules, categories, and costs for the competition can be found here.

The winning videos will be screened again this year during the Fair at an evening ceremony in the Art & Home Center's Empire Theater on Sunday, August 26th. The Best of Show award will be announced along with the cash prize.

The Great New York Fair in Syracuse runs from August 22nd to September 3rd..