5 Cinematic and Compelling Parallax Video Slideshows Using Photos [Contest Results]

Find out more about parallax slideshow videos and see all the wonderful winning entries in our recent contest.

Parallax Slideshow Contest Winners

Video and Motion Graphics specialist EFEKT_Studio gave away the amazing Parallax Slideshow After Effects template and invited users to share what they created.

Before we announce the winning entries, let’s examine what a parallax slideshow actually is.

What is a “parallax slideshow”?

Slideshows are no longer static images with basic and predictable transitioning. Instead, they have now become full-fledged, compelling videos with beautiful transitions, effects, and typography that keep users highly engaged.

With parallax slideshows, foreground images in a photo such as a person or object can be masked and separated from the background and then animated at independent speeds to create an illusion of three-dimensional depth. Part of the beauty and benefit of creating these kind of videos is that they yield impressive, dynamic results from static photos instead of the often more time-consuming and more-expensive-to-shoot video footage.

One of the best ways to produce high quality video slideshows is by using customizable After Effects templates.

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Templates typically come with multiple transitions to offer variety and flexibility while producing video. They are also often coupled with special effects including light leaks, particle effects, special masking transitions, and typographical effects. Many templates are set up in a way that photos and images can easily be dropped into a project and quickly manipulated to achieve the desired effect.

Contest Winners

Now that we know what a parallax slideshow is, let’s reveal all the stylish, winning entries in our slideshow contest!

Best Overall Slideshow ($500)

War in Motion  by DoubleX

A dramatic slideshow highlighting the characteristics and consequence of war. Pay close attention to the subtle use of animated planes and parachutes that were seamlessly integrated into the video.

Runner-up Slideshow ($200)

City Night by Sly69

A very original and creative use of the template resulting in intro titles for a fictitious TV show series.

Best Use of Elements Photos ($100)

The Apollo Space Program by SpaceStockFootage

An informative and honorable story-telling of the Apollo Space Program fueled by U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s famous “We choose to go to the moon” speech.

Best Use of AudioJungle Music ($100)

Life is Beautiful by ereyesort

Great use of the track “Life is Beautiful” by Tim McMorris to accompany an inspiring journey of life.

Best Story or Typography ($100)

Indonesia by ysabrahamsz

A stunning geographic and cultural tour around the beautiful Southeast Asian nation of Indonesia.

More Work by EFEKT_Studio

Many thanks to EFEKT_Studio for inspiring our creative community to learn, experiment, and master his Parallax Slideshow After Effects template. Be inspired and start creating your own unique, professional videos using more of EFEKT_Studios’ customizable templates:

Out of the Frame Photo Slideshow

Out of the Frame Photo Slideshow

Fast Parallax Slideshow

Fast Parallax Slideshow

Our Beautiful Memories 2

Our Beautiful Memories

→ View EFEKT_Studio’s Full Portfolio

Many congratulations to all our winners!

Many thanks to everyone who entered our contest and congratulations to all our winners! We’ll be in touch with your prize details shortly.

Meanwhile, if you’re thirsty for more inspiration, check out all our other entries to the contest in our community forums and keep an eye out for more ways to create, share, and win.

We love seeing what everyone creates using digital assets from Envato.

→ See more Parallax Slideshow contest entries

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