When they were initially introduced to the world, drones were seen as exotic devices that would be of use only to governmental organizations. However, over the years, drones (or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Miniature Pilotless Aircrafts, and Flying Mini Robots) have become an excellent tool for photographers. They allow them a chance to explore aerial photography like never before and explore areas of the world that wouldn't have been thought possible previously.
This is why the Drone Photo Awards are so great. They recognize and award the best shutterbugs who have used drones to show us the aerial wonders of our world in a way we've never seen before. The photographers competed in 9 different photo categories – Urban, Wildlife, Sport, People, Nature, Abstract, Life Under COVID-19, Wedding, and Series – along with two video categories. Here, we have selected some of the best images from the competition - from a whale pushing a tourist boat to a salmon school shaped like a heart. These glorious drone photos show just why our world is so unique and remarkable.
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1. Nature Category Winner: "Gray Whale Plays Pushing Tourists" by Joseph Cheires
2. Wildlife Category Winner: "Where Herons Live" by Dmitrii Viliunov
3. Nature Category Runner-Up: "Flamingos At Lake Logipi" by Martin Harvey
4. Photo Of The Year: "Love Heart Of Nature" by Jim Picôt
5. People Category Highly Commended: "Cross The Field" by Khanh Phan
6. "Life Under COVID-19" Winner: Black Flag by Tomer Appelbaum
7. "Life Under COVID-19" Highly Commended: The Lockdown by Bachir Moukarzel
8. Urban Category Winner: "Alien Structure On Earth" by Tomasz Kowalski
9. Urban Category Highly Commended: "Sunrise On The Top" by Rex Zou
10. People Category Winner: "Frozen Land" by Alessandra Meniconzi
11. Nature Category Highly Commended: "Lonely Road" by Hong Jen Chiang
12. Abstract Category Winner: "Phoenix Rising" by Paul Hoelen
13. Nature Category Highly Commended: "Crater Row" by James Rushforth
14. Wildlife Category Highly Commended: "Homecoming" by Mehmet Aslan
15. Wedding Category Winner: "Tropical Bride" by Mohamed Azmeel
16. Abstract Category Highly Commended: "Spring Zebra" by Lukasz Rajs
17. Wedding Category Runner-Up: "Lovers On The Field" by Krzysztof Krawczyk
18. Wildlife Category Runner-Up: "Munk's Mobula Rays Schooling" by Mark Carwardine
19. People Category Highly Commended: "Carpet Field" by Mehmet Aslan
20. Sports Category Winner: "On The Sea" by Roberto Corinaldesi
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