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Feast your eyes on some of the best drone images taken in the past year

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.

Grand Prize 2016 SkyPixel Photo of the Year.
Grand Prize 2016 SkyPixel Photo of the Year. Image by 郑戈 / SkyPixel

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.

Green Waves. Second prize Enthusiast Beauty.
Green Waves. Second prize Enthusiast Beauty. Image by Mauro Pagliai / SkyPixel
Spillway selfie. Second prize Professional Beauty.
Spillway selfie. Second prize Professional Beauty. Image by dixonltd / SkyPixel

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.

Sunset in Danxia. Third prize Professional 360 Photos.
Sunset in Danxia. Third prize Professional 360 Photos. Image by 守山 / SkyPixel
Hidden Lakes in Iceland in 360°. Second prize Professional 360 Photos.
Hidden Lakes in Iceland in 360°. Second prize Professional 360 Photos. Image by Paul Oostveen / SkyPixel

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.

Exploration. First prize Professional Beauty.
Exploration. First prize Professional Beauty. Image by 王 汉冰 / SkyPixel
Meet the Phantom. Second prize Professional Drones in Use.
Meet the Phantom. Second prize Professional Drones in Use. Image by HackerSundy / SkyPixel

For his grand-prize winning entry, Zheng will receive a series of photography and drone related prizes.

Sunset of Chengdu. Second prize Enthusiast 360 Photos.
Sunset of Chengdu. Second prize Enthusiast 360 Photos. Image by 久幺 / SkyPixel

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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