The best drone pictures of the year
We’re discovering ever more inventive uses for drones, especially in the world of photography. The SkyPixel online community, in cooperation with drone manufacturer DJI, recently launched the world’s biggest competition for aerial photographs.
A jury looked through more than 27,000 photos before picking out the winners.
The “Grand Prize” for the Skypixel Photo of the Year went to “Fishermen close the net” by Ge Zheng, taken in the Fujian Province in China. The other categories included “Beauty”, “Drones in use” and “360 degrees”, with the winners chosen from both professionals and photo enthusiasts. Take a look at these mesmerising images.
The focus of this category is to note the beauty of the world, whether it’s an image of nature, capturing urban architecture or a moment of daily life.
1st Place: Exploration by Hanbing Wang
2nd Place: Spillway Selfie by dixonltd_user
3rd Place: The Earth by Heng Li
1st Place: Overbridge by Chenghan
2nd Place: Green Waves by Mauro Pagliai
3rd Place: Ice River by Canloker
360-degree photography allows the craziest pictures. These panoramic photos - creating their own little worlds - were named among the best.
1st Place: The Starry Night by Jingwen Chen
2nd Place: Hidden Lakes in 360 ° by Paul Oostveen
3rd place: Sunset in Danxia by Shoushan
1st Place: Flying Ink of Tianshan Mountain by Wen Li
2nd Place: Sunset of Chengdu by Jiuyao
3rd Place: The Sea of Clouds in Laojunshan by 4950444_user
Obviously, when a drone manufacturer is involved, it’s not unexpected to include the gadgets themselves in the photographs but these pictures are still spectacular.
1st Place: A Happy Morning by Roman Neimann
2nd Place: Meet the Phantom by HackerSundy
3rd Place: Drone in Use by Norman Nollau
1st Place: Despectus by Fifa
2nd Place: Inspire in Use by Lili cui
3rd Place: The Phantom of the Earth by Lingdamowang_user