VR/360: 'Sky pirates' are a very human problem

  • Winner of the Best Visual Journalism Award (all media, individual or group) in the 2022 Ossie Awards for student journalism.

For many coastal dwellers, Australia's silver gulls are seen as chip-stealing pests but how does human behaviour impact this protected species in its remote island breeding grounds? Explore the silver gulls' environment from every direction in 360 video.

Episode 1: A very human problem


'I think if they're considered pests, it's because people made them that way.'

Episode II: No-fly zone

For years, food outlets around the Sydney Opera House have used kites shaped like hawks, robotic owls, squirt guns and meals served in cages to keep their food safe from brazen chip-stealing silver gulls. Finally, they have a solution that enforces their no-fly zone without harming the protected species.


– Sky Pirates was created using VR/360 film footage and interviews by students from UNSW's MDIA2013 Making Virtual Reality Documentaries course; video editing by Surya Urs; script editing by Laura Schofield and Andrena Kandiah.


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