SkyPixel: The Best Drone Photos of 2016

SkyPixel, the world’s most popular aerial photography community run in cooperation with DJI, has concluded a two-month global competition by selecting a series of beautiful and breathtaking aerial images as the top drone photographs of 2016.

The 2016 SkyPixel Photo of the Year went to “Fishermen close the net,” a photograph by Ge Zheng shot in Fujian Province in China, in which reflections, colours and the unique aerial perspective create a startling composition from netting, poles and water. SkyPixel’s blue-ribbon judging panel selected his photo and other category winners from over 27,000 entries submitted from 131 countries.

Grand Prize Winner: Ge Zheng / SkyPixel

The winning photos were selected by a jury of established photojournalists from TIME and Condé Nast Traveler, along with a host of prize-winning photographers and popular travel photographers.

For his winning entry, Zheng will receive a DJI Inspire 2, a DJI Mavic Pro, Epson Moverio BT-300 smart glasses, Epson SureColor P400 Wide Format Photo Printer and an Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan (1-year membership).

In addition to the grand prize, SkyPixel picked first-, second- and third-place selections in three different categories – “beauty,” “360” and “drones in use.” Professional and enthusiast entries were judged separately. The SkyPixel competition also awarded prizes to photos designated as “most popular”; winners for the Popular Prize were chosen by the number of “likes” they received on SkyPixel. SkyPixel collaborated on the 2016 competition with prizes sponsored by DJI, Epson, Adobe, Insta360 and Ctrip and media partners TIME, Condé Nast Traveler and FStoppers.

Hanbing Wang / SkyPixel
Chenghan / SkyPixel
Mauro Pagliai / SkyPixel
Canloker / SkyPixel

You can view the rest of the entries on the SkyPixel website.


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