The best drone pictures of the year

The best drone pictures of the year

Photo: Skypixel/Roman Neimann

The flying toys are redefining the term ‘bird’s eye view,’ and are finding the perfect vantage point for prize-winning photos

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.

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Beauty

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.

Professionals

1st Place: Exploration by Hanbing Wang

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2nd Place: Spillway Selfie by dixonltd_user

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3rd Place: The Earth by Heng Li

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Enthusiasts

1st Place: Overbridge by Chenghan

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2nd Place: Green Waves by Mauro Pagliai

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3rd Place: Ice River by Canloker

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360 degrees

360-degree photography allows the craziest pictures. These panoramic photos - creating their own little worlds - were named among the best.

Professionals

1st Place: The Starry Night by Jingwen Chen

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2nd Place: Hidden Lakes in 360 ° by Paul Oostveen

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3rd place: Sunset in Danxia by Shoushan

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Enthusiasts

1st Place: Flying Ink of Tianshan Mountain by Wen Li

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2nd Place: Sunset of Chengdu by Jiuyao

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3rd Place: The Sea of Clouds in Laojunshan by 4950444_user

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Drones in use

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.

Professionals

1st Place: A Happy Morning by Roman Neimann

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2nd Place: Meet the Phantom by HackerSundy

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3rd Place: Drone in Use by Norman Nollau

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Enthusiasts

1st Place: Despectus by Fifa

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2nd Place: Inspire in Use by Lili cui

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3rd Place: The Phantom of the Earth by Lingdamowang_user

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