2021 Drone Photo Awards: Winners showcase unique perspective of aerial photography – imaging resource

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posted Monday, September 20, 2021 at 10:45 AM EDT
The Drone Photo Awards have announced the 2021 winners. The contest’s categories include Wedding, Nature, People, Urban, Animals, Abstract and Sport for single still images. There’s also an Open category for video and a Series category for photographers to enter five to nine images on the same theme. Among these categories are many fantastic photos from talented photographers around the world.
In addition to category winners, the Drone Photo Awards also includes a Photo of the Year. This year, Terje Kolaas took home the top honor for a photo of thousands of pink-footed geese flying in central Norway. The birds were on their way to Svalbard in the Arctic. The geese make the same journey every year on a predictable path, so Kolaas was ready to capture the migration with a drone.
Kolaas’s image earned the highest score among judges in the contest. The grand prize includes €500 worth of photography equipment, a ‘Pangea Prize’ crystal statuette, exhibition at the ‘Above Us Only Sky’ exhibition, advertising in the international press and online publication. Winners in each category receive the same prizes, save for the photography equipment. Runners-up receive a certificate and exhibition. Additional prizes include commendations.
We’ve selected some other winning photos to share below. If you’d like to see all the selected images, click here.
‘Ice Ballet,’ by Nestoras Kechagias / Drone Photo Awards. 1st Place – Video (Open).

Ice Ballet – Ilulissat, Greenland – 4K from N. Kechagias, A. Lykoudi on Vimeo.
(Via Digital Photo

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