Beautiful aerial images of the winners of the Drone Awards 2021

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An image of geese flying over the snow-capped center of Norway won first prize in an international competition recognizing photographers’ use of drone technology.

The 2021 Drone Awards crowned winners in eight categories from tens of thousands of aerial images submitted by photographers from 102 countries around the world.

In addition to aerial images of wildlife, the awards recognized photos taken using drone technology in categories such as weddings, nature, urban, sports and abstract.

The winning images will be featured in an exhibition staged at the Siena Awards visual arts festival in Siena, Italy, starting at the end of next month.

photo of the year

The image of Norwegian ornithologist and photographer Terje Kolaas captured thousands of short-billed geese flying in spring over the snow-capped grounds of central Norway. Geese, traveling to their breeding grounds on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, arrive earlier each year in what could be the result of climate change.

The animals follow a familiar path, making it possible to configure the drone’s image.

Sports photo of the year

This Gold at the End of the Rainbow image was taken by Australian photographer Phil De Glanville off the coast of WA.(

Phil De Glanville

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Australian photographer Phil De Glanville took this image of surfer Ollie Henry riding a big wave off the southwest coast of Western Australia.

The wedding photo of the year

an aerial image of a bride and groom in italy with the sunset in the distance
This drone wedding photograph is titled Verso l’Infinito Insieme a Te (To Infinity With You).(

Original Matteo

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Italian photographer Matteo Original captures a cloudy sunset above a bride and groom on the Tuscan coast.

Urban photo of the year

A 500-year-old monastery in the Moscow region with a large power station in the background
This photograph Metaphorical Declaration on the City and Winter was taken in Dzerzhinsky, Russia. (

Sergei Poletayev

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Russian photographer Sergei Poletaev’s image shows a 500-year-old monastery near Moscow in the foreground, with steam coming from power station cooling towers towering far behind.

Animal photo of the year

Green turtle returning to the water after laying eggs in its nest on the coast of Oman
This image titled Back to Adventure was taken in Oman.(

Qasim Al Farsi

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This aerial photo of a green turtle returning to the water after laying eggs on the coast of Oman, was taken by local photographer Qasim Al Faris between Ras Al Jinz and Rashad Turtle Reserve.

Photo of people of the year

a fisherman is seen from above paddling through mangrove forest in Tam Giang lagoon in Hue province
This Mangrove Forest Fishing image was taken in Hue, Vietnam.(

Trung Pham Huy

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Vietnamese photographer Trung Pham Huy’s winter image captured a fisherman starting his work day traveling through the mangrove forest of Tam Giang Lagoon.

Nature photo of the year

An aerial image of an erupting volcano in Iceland
This image titled Extragalactic was taken over a volcano in Iceland.(

Martin Sanchez

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American photographer Martin Sanchez captured a view of an erupting volcano in Iceland, giving a view of the interior of the crater.

Abstract photo of the year

small rivers filled with poison are shown from above, with colors produced by chemicals from gold and copper mining
This Poisoned River image was taken in Geamăna, Transylvania.(

Gheorghe Popa

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Romanian photographer Gheorghe Popa shows small canals filled with poison. The abstract patterns are created after chemical waste from copper and gold mining has entered the stream.


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