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The winners of the inaugural Drone Awards elevate the art of aerial photography

The winners of the inaugural D...
Mada’in Saleh: Winner in the Nature category
Mada’in Saleh: Winner in the Nature category
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Dizziness -5: Commended in the Nature category 
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Dizziness -5: Commended in the Nature category 
Tanzania 8: Commended in the Nature category
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Tanzania 8: Commended in the Nature category
Wetland Winter: Highly Commended in the Nature category 
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Wetland Winter: Highly Commended in the Nature category 
Täuber_Kirsten_Der Kratera: Highly Commended in the Nature category 
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Täuber_Kirsten_Der Kratera: Highly Commended in the Nature category 
Red Sand Garden: Highly Commended in the Nature category 
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Red Sand Garden: Highly Commended in the Nature category 
Organic: Highly Commended in the Nature category 
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Organic: Highly Commended in the Nature category 
Entrance to Hell: Runner Up in the Nature category
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Entrance to Hell: Runner Up in the Nature category
Mada’in Saleh: Winner in the Nature category
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Mada’in Saleh: Winner in the Nature category
Saltwater Farms: Commended in the Abstract category 
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Saltwater Farms: Commended in the Abstract category 
Wound of Bicycle Sharing: Commended in the Abstract category 
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Wound of Bicycle Sharing: Commended in the Abstract category 
Lobster Village: Commended in the Abstract category 
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Lobster Village: Commended in the Abstract category 
Tanzania 3: Commended in the Abstract category 
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Tanzania 3: Commended in the Abstract category 
Val D'Orcia: Commended in the Abstract category 
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Val D'Orcia: Commended in the Abstract category 
Heart In Lakebed: Commended in the Abstract category
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Heart In Lakebed: Commended in the Abstract category
Salt Leafs: Commended in the Abstract category 
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Salt Leafs: Commended in the Abstract category 
Yeti: Commended in the Abstract category 
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Yeti: Commended in the Abstract category 
Flower Texture: Commended in the Abstract category 
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Flower Texture: Commended in the Abstract category 
Tree of Island? Commended in the Abstract category 
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Tree of Island? Commended in the Abstract category 
Santa: Commended in the Abstract category 
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Santa: Commended in the Abstract category 
Rice: Commended in the Abstract category 
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Rice: Commended in the Abstract category 
Milk River: Commended in the Abstract category
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Milk River: Commended in the Abstract category
Winter Eye: Commended in the Abstract category
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Winter Eye: Commended in the Abstract category
Ballet in the Snowfield: Commended in the Abstract category
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Ballet in the Snowfield: Commended in the Abstract category
Jellyfish: Commended in the Abstract category 
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Jellyfish: Commended in the Abstract category 
Tanzania 2: Commended in the Abstract category 
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Tanzania 2: Commended in the Abstract category 
Nucleus: Highly Commended in the Abstract category 
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Nucleus: Highly Commended in the Abstract category 
The Design of an Iceberg: Highly Commended in the Abstract category
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The Design of an Iceberg: Highly Commended in the Abstract category
Whirlpool: Highly Commended in the Abstract category 
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Whirlpool: Highly Commended in the Abstract category 
Dendrites: Highly Commended in the Abstract category 
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Dendrites: Highly Commended in the Abstract category 
Ice Magic: Runner up in the Abstract category  
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Ice Magic: Runner up in the Abstract category  
Weather Snake: Winner of the Abstract category
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Weather Snake: Winner of the Abstract category
Above The Polar Bear: The Grand Prize winning shot
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Above The Polar Bear: The Grand Prize winning shot
Alone: Commended in the Nature category 
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Alone: Commended in the Nature category 
Craters: Commended in the Nature category 
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Craters: Commended in the Nature category 
Cambugahay Falls: Commended in the Nature category 
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Cambugahay Falls: Commended in the Nature category 
Feather: Commended in the Nature category
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Feather: Commended in the Nature category
Autumn: Commended in the Nature category 
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Autumn: Commended in the Nature category 
The Way Of Life: Commended in the Nature category 
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The Way Of Life: Commended in the Nature category 
Life and Death: Commended in the Nature category 
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Life and Death: Commended in the Nature category 
Dreamy Sequoia Groves: Commended in the Nature category 
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Dreamy Sequoia Groves: Commended in the Nature category 
Blue River: Commended in the Nature category
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Blue River: Commended in the Nature category
Nelder Plots: Commended in the Nature category 
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Nelder Plots: Commended in the Nature category 
Pink Lady in Pink Coral Sand Dunes: Commended in the People category 
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Pink Lady in Pink Coral Sand Dunes: Commended in the People category 
Group Wedding of Hundreds of Couples: Commended in the People category 
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Group Wedding of Hundreds of Couples: Commended in the People category 
Cruisin the Route 66: Commended in the People category 
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Cruisin the Route 66: Commended in the People category 
Campus: Commended in the People category 
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Campus: Commended in the People category 
Fishing on Mud: Commended in the People category 
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Fishing on Mud: Commended in the People category 
Sidewalk: Commended in the People category 
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Sidewalk: Commended in the People category 
Navagio: Commended in the People category 
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Navagio: Commended in the People category 
Shadow Football: Commended in the People category 
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Shadow Football: Commended in the People category 
Virtual Hang: Commended in the People category 
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Virtual Hang: Commended in the People category 
In The Salt Field: Commended in the People category 
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In The Salt Field: Commended in the People category 
Water Lily: Commended in the People category 
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Water Lily: Commended in the People category 
Amy and Ben: Commended in the People category 
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Amy and Ben: Commended in the People category 
Sea and Salt: Highly Commended in the People category 
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Sea and Salt: Highly Commended in the People category 
Chauntel in the Desert: Highly Commended in the People category 
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Chauntel in the Desert: Highly Commended in the People category 
Silvia: Highly Commended in the People category 
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Silvia: Highly Commended in the People category 
Women Rice Farmers: Highly Commended in the People category 
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Women Rice Farmers: Highly Commended in the People category 
Sportsmen Under the Sun: Highly Commended in the People category 
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Sportsmen Under the Sun: Highly Commended in the People category 
Honors Day: Runner Up in the People category
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Honors Day: Runner Up in the People category
Pilgrimage of Millions of People: Winner in the People category
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Pilgrimage of Millions of People: Winner in the People category
Intricate Worlds: Commended in the Nature category 
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Intricate Worlds: Commended in the Nature category 
Double Dragon: Commended in the Nature category 
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Double Dragon: Commended in the Nature category 
Camel 2: Commended in the Nature category 
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Camel 2: Commended in the Nature category 
Beautiful Army: Commended in the Wildlife category 
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Beautiful Army: Commended in the Wildlife category 
Camel Convoy: Commended in the Wildlife category 
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Camel Convoy: Commended in the Wildlife category 
Turbulence: Commended in the Wildlife category 
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Turbulence: Commended in the Wildlife category 
Winter Sunset: Commended in the Wildlife category 
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Winter Sunset: Commended in the Wildlife category 
Roedeers Posing: Commended in the Wildlife category 
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Roedeers Posing: Commended in the Wildlife category 
American Alligator: Commended in the Wildlife category 
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American Alligator: Commended in the Wildlife category 
Dolphin Clarity: Commended in the Wildlife category 
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Dolphin Clarity: Commended in the Wildlife category 
Over a Million Flamingos: Commended in the Wildlife category 
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Over a Million Flamingos: Commended in the Wildlife category 
Walrus Approach: Commended in the Wildlife category
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Walrus Approach: Commended in the Wildlife category
Seal: Commended in the Wildlife category 
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Seal: Commended in the Wildlife category 
Bear and Salmon: Commended in the Wildlife category 
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Bear and Salmon: Commended in the Wildlife category 
Mother & Calf: Highly Commended in the Wildlife category
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Mother & Calf: Highly Commended in the Wildlife category
Whale Sharcks: Highly Commended in the Wildlife category
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Whale Sharcks: Highly Commended in the Wildlife category
Great Immigration Birds Eye View: Highly Commended in the Wildlife category 
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Great Immigration Birds Eye View: Highly Commended in the Wildlife category 
Responsible Dady the Gharial with Babies: Runner Up in the Wildlife category
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Responsible Dady the Gharial with Babies: Runner Up in the Wildlife category
Big Shadow: Runner Up in the Wildlife category
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Big Shadow: Runner Up in the Wildlife category
Blacktip Shark: Winner in the Wildlife category
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Blacktip Shark: Winner in the Wildlife category
El Angel: Runner Up in the People category
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El Angel: Runner Up in the People category
Skating Shadows: Winner in the People category
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Skating Shadows: Winner in the People category
Fishing Village: Commended in the Urban category 
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Fishing Village: Commended in the Urban category 
Al Askhara-3: Commended in the Urban category 
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Al Askhara-3: Commended in the Urban category 
Lombard Street - San Francisco: Commended in the Urban category 
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Lombard Street - San Francisco: Commended in the Urban category 
Bridge: Commended in the Urban category 
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Bridge: Commended in the Urban category 
Crisscross Pattern-Dubai: Commended in the Urban category 
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Crisscross Pattern-Dubai: Commended in the Urban category 
Beos: Commended in the Urban category 
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Beos: Commended in the Urban category 
Concrete Jungle: Commended in the Urban category 
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Concrete Jungle: Commended in the Urban category 
King Fahad Stadium: Commended in the Urban category 
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King Fahad Stadium: Commended in the Urban category 
Ice Ice Baby: Commended in the Urban category 
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Ice Ice Baby: Commended in the Urban category 
The Shining Jewel: Commended in the Urban category 
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The Shining Jewel: Commended in the Urban category 
Tetris Game: Commended in the Urban category 
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Tetris Game: Commended in the Urban category 
Beautiful Urban Chaos: Commended in the Urban category 
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Beautiful Urban Chaos: Commended in the Urban category 
Cargo: Highly Commended in the Urban category 
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Cargo: Highly Commended in the Urban category 
Chaos: Highly Commended in the Urban category 
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Chaos: Highly Commended in the Urban category 
Cold Winter Night: Highly Commended in the Urban category 
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Cold Winter Night: Highly Commended in the Urban category 
Amenities: Runner Up in the Urban category
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Amenities: Runner Up in the Urban category
Warehouse Fire: Runner Up ion the Urban category
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Warehouse Fire: Runner Up ion the Urban category
Assisi Over the Clouds: Winner in the Urban category
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Assisi Over the Clouds: Winner in the Urban category
Ready to Start: Commended in the People category 
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Ready to Start: Commended in the People category 
Disciples of Poseidon: Commended in the People category 
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Disciples of Poseidon: Commended in the People category 
Wasserschi: Commended in the People category 
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Wasserschi: Commended in the People category 
Pool: Commended in the People category 
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Pool: Commended in the People category 
The Wave: Commended in the People category 
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The Wave: Commended in the People category 
Kayaks Morning Gathering: Commended in the People category 
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Kayaks Morning Gathering: Commended in the People category 
Uphill Road Cycling: Commended in the People category 
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Uphill Road Cycling: Commended in the People category 
Neon Paddle: Commended in the People category 
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Neon Paddle: Commended in the People category 
Vertical Racing: Highly Commended in the People category 
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Vertical Racing: Highly Commended in the People category 
Basketball: Highly Commended in the People category
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Basketball: Highly Commended in the People category
Saving to Start Out: Highly Commended in the People category 
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Saving to Start Out: Highly Commended in the People category 
Red Kajak: Highly Commended in the People category 
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Red Kajak: Highly Commended in the People category 
Flamingos 
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Flamingos 

The Drone Awards is a new photography competition dedicated to the emerging art of aerial photography. This year's inaugural competition has just revealed its winning snaps, a spectacular assortment of photographs ranging from gorgeously abstract images to profoundly unique portraits of urban life.

The competition was started by a non-profit association called Art Photo Travel, based in Italy, that's dedicated to promoting photography and culture. The association is behind one of the stronger photo contests in the world today, the Siena International Photo Awards.

Santa: Commended in the Abstract category 
Santa: Commended in the Abstract category 

Inspired by the breadth of work emerging in the field of aerial photography the new Drone Awards set out to feature this new form. Describing the mission behind this new competition the organizer's write:

"Becoming more sophisticated, cheaper and more accessible, drones, along with satellites, have moved from warfare technology towards a constant state of Orwellian nervousness. In this growing debate, regarding surveillance and privacy issues in the midst of ever-advancing technology, the role of the artists seems seminal. Contemporary aerial artists continue to use photography to create images of extraordinary reach and power, deepening our understanding of the world beyond its surface appearance and the way we relate to it."

There are six categories celebrated in the competition spanning the usual suspects for drone photography awards: Nature, Sport, Urban, Wildlife and People. But perhaps the most interesting section of the bunch is the Abstract category. This section really nails into the artistic side of drone photography with some truly breathtaking and surreal images of geometric patterns.

Entrance to Hell: Runner Up in the Nature category
Entrance to Hell: Runner Up in the Nature category

The Grand Prize winning photograph this year went to a familiar snap from Florian Ledoux called Above The Polar Bear. Ledoux's beautiful photograph, capturing a polar bear leaping across a gap in the sea ice, has already won a heap of awards over the past twelve months and rightly so. It's an immediately iconic and memorable image.

Yeti: Commended in the Abstract category 
Yeti: Commended in the Abstract category 

Other standout shots include Gabriel Scanu's haunting shot of Mada'in Saleh, an archaeological site in Saudi Arabia, a truly psychedelic image of an iceberg, and Entrance to Hell, from a Chinese photographer taken off the coast of Hawaii.

Take a look through the gallery for a glimpse at all the captivating winners in this impressive new photo contest.

Source: Drone Awards

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