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Awesome 360-degree snaps give drone photo contest extra pizazz

Awesome 360-degree snaps give ...
This long-exposure image of a drone circling a 16th-century storehouse took out first prize in the Enthusiast: Drones in Use category
This long-exposure image of a drone circling a 16th-century storehouse took out first prize in the Enthusiast: Drones in Use category
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This long-exposure image of a drone circling a 16th-century storehouse took out first prize in the Enthusiast: Drones in Use category
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This long-exposure image of a drone circling a 16th-century storehouse took out first prize in the Enthusiast: Drones in Use category
A drone soars through the treetops in Nanchuan province, China
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A drone soars through the treetops in Nanchuan province, China
The Phantom of the Earth took out third place in the Enthusiast: Drone in Use category
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The Phantom of the Earth took out third place in the Enthusiast: Drone in Use category
The 2016 SkyPixel Photo of the Year
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The 2016 SkyPixel Photo of the Year
Shot in Yuli County, China, this image took out first prize in the Professional: Beauty category
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Shot in Yuli County, China, this image took out first prize in the Professional: Beauty category
Shot with a DJI Inspire 1 Pro, this selfie took out second prize in the Professional: Beauty category
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Shot with a DJI Inspire 1 Pro, this selfie took out second prize in the Professional: Beauty category
The third prize-winner in the Professional: Beauty category
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The third prize-winner in the Professional: Beauty category
This image took out first prize in the Professional: Drones in Use category and apparently took at least 10 attempts to get right
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This image took out first prize in the Professional: Drones in Use category and apparently took at least 10 attempts to get right
This image of a DJI Phantom drone hovering above a lake took out second place in the Professional: Drones in Use category
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This image of a DJI Phantom drone hovering above a lake took out second place in the Professional: Drones in Use category
This image took out third prize in the Professional: Drones in Use category and captures a DJI Inspire in flight in Germany
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This image took out third prize in the Professional: Drones in Use category and captures a DJI Inspire in flight in Germany
The foggy hilltops of "Flying Ink of Tianshan Mountain" won first prize in the Enthusiasts: 360 category. To view in VR, head over to SkyPixel
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The foggy hilltops of "Flying Ink of Tianshan Mountain" won first prize in the Enthusiasts: 360 category. To view in VR, head over to SkyPixel
"Sunset of Chengdu" took out second prize in the Enthusiast: 360 category. To view in VR, head over to SkyPixel
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"Sunset of Chengdu" took out second prize in the Enthusiast: 360 category. To view in VR, head over to SkyPixel
"The Sea of Clouds in Laojunshan" took out third prize in the Enthusiast: 360 category. To view in VR, head over to SkyPixel
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"The Sea of Clouds in Laojunshan" took out third prize in the Enthusiast: 360 category. To view in VR, head over to SkyPixel
This image titled "Green Waves" took out second prize in the Enthusiast: Beauty category
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This image titled "Green Waves" took out second prize in the Enthusiast: Beauty category
This image won third prize in the Enthusiast: Beauty category and shows cracks appearing in an icy river near Shenyang, China
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This image won third prize in the Enthusiast: Beauty category and shows cracks appearing in an icy river near Shenyang, China
Shot in China, "Overbridge" took out first place in the Enthusiast: Beauty category
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Shot in China, "Overbridge" took out first place in the Enthusiast: Beauty category
"The Starry Night" took out first prize in the Professional: 360 category. To view in VR, head over to Skypixel
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"The Starry Night" took out first prize in the Professional: 360 category. To view in VR, head over to Skypixel
"Hidden Lakes in 360° took out second prize in the Professional: 360 category. To view in VR, head over to Skypixel
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"Hidden Lakes in 360° took out second prize in the Professional: 360 category. To view in VR, head over to Skypixel
"Sunset in Danxia" took out third place in the Professional: 360 category
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"Sunset in Danxia" took out third place in the Professional: 360 category
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Back in November, drone cinematography platform SkyPixel announced the shortlist of finalists for its annual photo contest, a set of images that continued to push the boundaries of this high-flying art form. Now the judges have had their say and the winners are in, and as we've come to expect from competitions of this sort, those to take the glory are nothing short of spectacular.

Much like rival Dronestagram, SkyPixel is a platform dedicated to sharing and celebrating photos and videos captured by flying robot cameras. Its 2016 photo contest drew more than 27,000 entries from around the globe, and the winners were judged by photojournalists from Time magazine and Conde Naste Travel – you know, people who might have an eye for such things.

The submissions were sorted into categories for Beauty, 360-degree photos and Drones in Use (which don't necessarily need to be taken by drone). Professional entries were judged separately to those submitted by hobbyists and there was also a Popular Prize, determined by the highest number of "likes" on the platform.

The 2016 SkyPixel Photo of the Year
The 2016 SkyPixel Photo of the Year

A beautifully composed shot of a fisherman in China tending to his nets was selected as the 2016 SkyPixel Photo of the Year, and what a striking image it is (see above). Other beautiful images from the collection include a creative long exposure shot of a drone circling an old storehouse and a bird's eye view of cracks appearing in an icy river.

But perhaps the most breathtaking are the prize-winning 360-degree photos. These are best viewed on SkyPixel's platform, where you can switch on VR mode for an immersive experience. We've provided links to each in the gallery if you feel like having a poke around.

Source: SkyPixel

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