Fascinating Aerial Photos Win 2021 Drone Photo Awards (LOOK)


Short-billed geese in Norway on a spring flight to arctic breeding grounds by Terje Kolaas / Siena Awards

A flock of thousands of short-billed geese taking flight to their breeding grounds in Norway captured by local photographer Terje Kolaas won the top prize at the 2021 Drone Photo Awards.

Last year, the popular international aerial photography competition received nearly 14,000 images for its 2020 edition from amateur and professional photographers from 104 countries. The Siena Awards also host incredible photography winners every year.

The first prizes of the Drone Awards are awarded in the eight categories: Nature, Wildlife, Urban, People, Sport, Abstract, Storyboard and Wedding. Here are some of our favorite picks:

The first place in the Urban category was won by the photo titled “Metaphorical statement about the city and winter», By Russian photographer Sergei Poletaev. The image shows an old monastery near Moscow with a large power station in the background.

A 500-year-old monastery near Moscow with a power station behind it – Sergei Poletaev / Siena Drone Awards

Omani photographer Qasim Al Farsi won the Wildlife category with “Back to adventure», An aerial shot which immortalizes a green turtle ready to return to the water after having laid its eggs on the coast of Oman.

Qasim Al Farsi / Siena Drone Award

Gold at the end of the rainbowBy Australian photographer Phil De Glanville, who captures a striking rainbow over surfer Ollie Henry taming a scary wave, is the winning image in the Sport category.

A surf shot from Australia won the Sport category – Phil De Glanville / Siena Awards

Pierluigi Orler from Italy finished second in the Sport category with this image of a snowmobile in Bernau, Germany.

Pierluigi Orler / Drone Prize of Siena

Fishing in the mangrove forest», Taken by Vietnamese photographer Trung Pham Huy, winner in the People category. It features a fisherman who begins his working day in the mangrove forest of the Tam Giang lagoon, in a white winter atmosphere.

Fisherman in the Mangrove Forest by Trung Pham Huy / Siena Drone Awards

A finalist in the People category was won by Alexandr Vlassyuk in Kazakhstan, a photo of people lying on the ice in the Kapchagai Reservoir.

Kazakh photographer Alexandr Vlassyuk / Siena Drone Award

This photo by Chinese photographer Wujiang Zhu captured in a flower garden in Dafeng Jiangsu was a finalist in the Wedding category

Wujiang Zhu-Siena / Drone prices

The image of many small tributaries, taken by Romanian photographer Gheorghe Popa, won first place in the Abstract category. The photo documents the water channels in the mountains of Transylvania.

Gheorghe Popa -Sienne Drone Prize

Find all the winners and finalists in the Drone Awards 202 gallery on their website.

The images will be presented in an exhibition that will take place in the Italian city of Siena from October 23 to December 5 as part of the Siena Awards festival dedicated to the visual arts.

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