Best drone photos of 2021: which is your favorite?
When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. During our lifetime, there will inevitably be several moments of immense beauty that simply escape our gaze. But when you look at the world from several feet in the air, even the mundane seems surreal. From thousands of geese flying over a pristine white bed of snow in Norway to a fisherman starting a long day’s work in Vietnam, these award-winning drone photos offer glimpses of beauty from around the world.
The annual Drone Photography Awards, which are part of the largest Siena Prize Festival in Italy – invites submissions from amateur and professional photographers around the world. Open to both aerial photography and video, it allows shooting from fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles, balloons, airships and airships, rockets, kites and parachutes.
The awards are divided into categories such as urban, wildlife, people, marriage, nature, sport and abstract. This year, the winners were chosen from over 14,000 entries from 102 countries. The winning photographs will be presented as part of the month-long “Above Us Only Sky” exhibition at the Siena Awards Festival in November. The Siena, Italy festival runs from October 25 to December 5, with workshops, exhibitions, photo tours, seminars, lectures and guided tours for photography enthusiasts. Visitors can explore Chianti at sunset and Siena’s medieval cityscape at dawn through photo tours.
The winners receive a crystal statuette of the Pangea Prize at an awards ceremony, and the contestant who receives the highest receives the title of “Drone Photographer of the Year”. This year, the prestigious title was awarded to Norwegian photographer Terje Kolaas for his image “Pink-Footed Geese Meeting The Winter”, which depicts a flock of geese flying towards Svalbard during the arctic winter.
In the Wildlife category, a stunning aerial image of a green turtle returning to the water after laying its eggs on the coast of Oman won first place. The winner of the Nature category is American photographer Martin Sanchez, who captured the eruption of a volcano in Iceland. Several other breathtaking images come from all over the world, including China, Russia, Bangladesh, Australia and Kazakhstan.
In addition to showing our wonderful world, some of them also highlight the threat to the planet.
Discover the winners of the Drone Photography Awards 2021: