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Earlier in February DJI has announced the winning photos of its 2016
SkyPixel Photo Contest, which honors the best aerial and drone photos captured around the world using DJI camera drone equipment.
The grand prize winner this year is the photo above, titled “
Fishermen close the net” by Ge Zheng. For his grand prize win, Zheng receives a prize package consisting of a DJI Inspire 2 drone, a DJI Mavic Pro drone, Epson Moverio BT-300 smart glasses, an Epson SureColor P400 wide format photo printer, and a year of Adobe Creative Cloud’s Photography plan.
Over 27,000 entries were received this year from aerial photographers based in 131 countries around the world.
You can find these photos and more
in the SkyPixel contest website’s gallery.
Here are some of the other photos honored with top placements in this year’s competition:
“Fishermen Closing the Net” by Ge Zheng, shot near Yacheng Bay, China, took the Grand Prize.
Photo by 郑戈
Titled “Exploration,” this photo of Bactrian camels making their way through western China’s Taklamakan Desert took the first prize in the professional beauty category.
Photo by 王 汉冰
And you thought your selfie game was strong… “Spillway Selfie” came in at second place for professional beauty.
Photo by dixonltd
One of the most alluring things about drone photography is that once you’ve zoomed out enough, the right shot can turn into a piece of abstract art. Take “The Earth,” for example, featuring fireworks captured at just the right moment in Tibet. “The Earth” came in third for professional beauty.
The Baling Bridge in southern China, on a particularly foggy day. First place in the enthusiast beauty category.
Photo by 诚涵
“Green Waves”—shot in the countryside of Siena, Italy—took home the silver medal in the enthusiast beauty category.
Photo by Mauro Pagliai
This photo, the third place winner in the enthusiast beauty category, offers a rarely seen bird’s-eye view of a cracking ice river in northern China.
A long exposure shot of a drone circling a 16th-century structure took the first prize in the enthusiast ‘drones in use’ category.
Photo by Fifa
A DJI Inspire drone descending into a snowfield or ascending into a gray sky? At first glance it can be hard to tell in this photo—second place in the enthusiast ‘drones in use’ category.
A DJI Phantom hovers over fields in China—and wins this photographer the third place prize in the enthusiast ‘drones in use’ category.
3D drone photography got its own category in the SkyPixel contest as well. This shot of Chengdu, China took second place in the enthusiast 360 contest. For the full interactive experience check out the website. The future is now.
Other photos, left without any prize but are so beautiful to enjoy:
People in the city square playing in fountains
All in yellow. Amazing landscape
The Netherlands colourful landscape