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Check out 2020’s best drone photography

The winning images from the DJI SkyPixel contest are aerial excellence…

When it comes to drones, there’s one big name on the market and, along with building amazing models like the Mavic 2and Phantom 4 Pro, DJI also runs its own contest to celebrate the best aerial video and photography out there.

Now in its fifth year, SkyPixel 2020’s winners have just been announced and will serve as epic inspiration for those looking to up their drone photography game. Featuring a combined prize package of over $117,000 and receiving submissions from 140 countries, this year’s Grand Winner was named as China-based photographer Tong Wang, who picked up the top honour for his image of a Volcanic range that was captured using a DJI Mavic 2 Pro.

Image by Tong Wang/SkyPixel

Taking First Place in the Nature category was this frame, entitled ‘The Epic Moment’, which was captured by Vincent Chen using a Mavic 2 Pro. Vincent spoke of the image; ‘I took this special selfie with Mavic 2 Pro in Dolomites National Park, Italy. The setting sun hit at the peaks and clouds at sunset, it was a really epic moment, I then used the pano mode to take the amazing whole scene.’

Image by Vincent Chen/SkyPixel

A SkyPixel user named Optique Video was named as the First Place winner in the Portrait category for an image entitled; ‘ Ice skating vs Snowy Lake’, which was shot using a DJI Mavic 2 Pro. As the title suggests, the frame shows a beautifully lit skater waving over a snowy lake in Canada.

Image by Optique Video/SkyPixel

First Place in the Sport category went to Andy Leclerc, for this spectacular image of a BMX athlete, which was captured using the DJI Mavic 2 Pro. The image shows how the use of a drone can completely transform the feel of a frame when viewed from an aerial perspective.

Image by Andy Lecerc/SkyPixel

A SkyPixel user named JimXiang was awarded First Place in the Architecture category for this epic image of the Canton Tower in Guangzhou, China, which was taken using a DJI Mavic 2 and features a solar halo behind the tower.

Image by JimXiang/SkyPixel

Second Place in the competitive Nature category was this shot, entitled ‘Family’, which was shot by Ben Mack using a DJI Mavic 2 Pro. The werial frame shows a mother whale and her newborn off Australia’s east coast.

Image by Ben Mack/SkyPixel

Alexandr Vlassyuk was awarded Second Place in the Portrait category for this impressive frame entitled ‘Portrait Of A Bather’ which shows excellent use of colour and was captured using a DJI Phantom 4 Pro.

Image by Alexandr Vlassyuk/SkyPixel

Second Place in the Sport Category went to this image of two rally cars doing battle in the desert and was taken using a DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.

Image by SkyPixel

Third Place in the Portrait category went to Romanian-based photographer Szabolcs Ignacz, who added a fresh twist on a wedding selfie using a Mavic 2 Pro.

Image by Szabolcs Ignacz/SkyPixel