As drone and 360-degree photography becomes an increasingly popular way to document incredible places around the world, a new competition has named the best shots from the past year.
SkyPixel, an aerial photography community run in cooperation with DJI, a drone and technology company, has announced the winners of its two-month global competition, releasing a selection of beautiful aerial images it named the top photographs of 2016.
The 2016 SkyPixel Photo of the Year award went to “Fishermen close the net,” a photograph by Ge Zheng. The image, depicting fishermen, netting, poles and water in Fujian Province in China, was selected by a panel from over 27,000 entries submitted from 131 countries.
There competition also included categories in drone photography and 360-degree images, and winning photos were selected by a jury of photojournalists, prize-winning photographers and popular travel photographers.
For his grand-prize winning entry, Zheng will receive a series of photography and drone related prizes.
In addition to the grand prize, SkyPixel picked the top three photos in the categories of “beauty,” “360” and “drones in use” from both professionals and enthusiasts.
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