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These Are Officially The Most Breathtaking Photos Taken By Drones

SkyPixel announces winners of the 2016 SkyPixel Photo Contest that features the most breathtaking aerial shots made by drones

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In 2016, Skypixel, an aerial photography community, along with the Chinese tech company DJI, held a 2 month-long photography contest that captures the beauty of aerial images taken with the help of drones, and the results are breathtaking. The competition had over 27,000 entries from over 131 countries from all over the globe.

The judging panel consists of photojournalists from TIME Magazine and Condé Nast Traveler, as well as some award-winning professional photographers. The entries were sorted out as either “Professional” or “Enthusiast”, and had three categories each – “Beauty”, “360 Photos”, and “Drones in Use”, bringing a total of 6 categories. Each category awarded the first, second, and third placers, adding up to 18 winners, plus one grand prize “Photo of the Year” winner.

They also gave prizes to the most popular photos, based on the number of “likes” the photos received in

The “Photo of the Year” grand prize was awarded to Ge Zheng from the Fujian Province in China, for his Photograph titled “Fishermen close to the net”. “The Reflections, colors, and the unique aerial perspective create a startling composition from netting, poles, and water,” SkyPixel said, explaining why the photograph won.

Grand Prize: 2016 SkyPixel Photo of the Year

“Fishermen close the net” by Ge Zheng

Source: Ge Zheng, Skypixel

Professional: Beauty – First Prize

“Exploration” by Hanbing Wang

Source: Hanbing Wang, Skypixel

Professional: Beauty – Second Prize

Spillway selfie” by dixonltd

Source: dixonltd, Skypixel

Professional: Beauty – Third Prize

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“The Earth” by Heng Li

Source: Heng Li Skypixel

Professional: Drones in Use – First Prize

“A Happy Morning” by Roman Neimann

Source: Roman Neimann, Skypixel

Professional: Drones in Use – Second Prize

“Meet the Phantom” by HackerSundy

Source: HackerSundy, Skypixel

Professional: Drones in Use – Third Prize

“Drone in Use” by Norman Nollau

Source: Norman Nollau, Skypixel

Professional: 360 Photos – First Prize

“The Starry Night” by Jingwen Chen

Source: Jingwen Chen, Skypixel

Professional: 360 Photos – Second Prize

“Hidden lakes in 360°” by Paul Oostveen

Source: Paul Oostveen, Skypixel

Professional: 360 Photos – Third Prize

“Sunset in Danxia” by Shoushan

Source: Shoushan, Skypixel

Enthusiast: Beauty – First Prize

“Overbridge” by Chenghan

Source: Chenghan, Skypixel

Enthusiast: Beauty – Second Prize

“Green Waves” by Mauro Pagliai

Source: Mauro Pagliai, Skypixel

Enthusiast: Beauty – Third Prize

“Ice River” by Canloker

Source: Canloker, Skypixel

Enthusiast: Drones in Use – First Prize

“Despectus” by Fifa

Source: Fifa, Skypixel

Enthusiast: Drones in Use – Second Prize

“Inspire in Use” by lili cui

Source: lili cui, Skypixel

Enthusiast: Drones in Use – Third Prize

“The Phantom of the Earth” by Lingdamowang

Source: Lingdamowang, Skypixel

Enthusiast: 360 Photos – First Prize

“Flying Ink of Tianshan Mountain” by Wen Li

Source: Wen Li, Skypixel

Enthusiast: 360 Photos – Second Prize

“Sunset of Chengdu” by Jiuyao

Source: Jiuyao, Skypixel

Enthusiast: 360 Photos – Third Prize

“The Sea of Clouds in Laojunshan” by Chen Jun

Source: Chen Jun, Skypixel

Don’t you think these photos are beautiful? Who knew that such a breathtaking pieces of art could be taken by a drone that needs to controlled by a remote. Just goes to show that no matter what tools an artist works with, they will always come up with a beautiful masterpiece. We sure can’t wait for next year’s contest!

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