Following last year’s competition eclipsed by this serendipitous shot of a shark swimming in a heart-shaped school of fish, hosted by the Siena Awards Festival, the 2021 Drone Photography Awards brings together a slew of aerial images framing the myriad patterns, textures, and colors found around the world.
Feature: “Love Heart of Nature” by Jim Picôt
“In winter, a shark is inside a salmon school when, chasing the baitfish, the shape became a heart shape.”
Captured by Australian photographer Jim Picôt, the piece is particularly special because a shark swims near the center, chasing one of the fish. Other prized shots include heron roosts nestled in the treetops, and a group of swimmers floating between crashing waves.
“Gray Whale Plays Pushing Tourists” by Joseph Cheires
“At the end of the gray whale season, I was told about a gray whale that, for the last 3 years, used to play with the boats, pushing them gently. So we went back the year after and incredibly the gray whale appeared and this shot is the result.”
“Alien Structure on Earth” by Tomasz Kowalski
“Sometimes we need to change the perspective to feel the strength of the structure stronger than we’ve ever thought. The Petronas Towers, also known as the Petronas Twin Towers, are twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur.”
“Where Herons Live” by Dmitrii Viliunov
“Many think that herons make nests in reeds or in a swamp. In fact, they nest in the tops of huge trees and with a drone it is sometimes possible to see them.”
“On the Sea” by Roberto Corinaldesi
“An aerial view of swimmers, where the sea becomes the place to take refuge, between the blue carpet and the white foam of the waves.”
“Frozen Land” by Alessandra Meniconzi
“With temperatures of minus 30°C, winters in the Eurasian steppe can be brutal. But life doesn’t stop, and local people move from one village to another with a sledge, crossing icy rivers and lakes.”
“Phoenix Rising” by Paul Hoelen
“The phoenix rising is a symbol of re-emergence from the ashes of fire. This is symbolized through the beginnings of an actual regeneration process at the industrial mining site of Lake Owens. After a destructive past and the creation of the most toxic dustbowl in America, migratory birds are returning, and life is beginning anew…”
“Black Flag” by Tomer Appelbaum
“Thousands of Israelis maintain social distancing due to Covid-19 restrictions while protesting against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Rabin Square on 19 April 2020.”
“Pink-Footed Geese Meeting the Winter” by Terje Kolaas.
Norwegian photographer Terje Kolaas captured the winning composition, which joins a flock of thousands of pink-footed geese as they make their way to Svalbard. The shot is particularly interesting because the winged creatures are early on their journey to the snow-covered arctic region, a premature arrival that’s likely sparked by the changing climate.
“Duoyishu Terraces” by Ran Tian
“Volcano Show” by Oleg Rest
“Sheep in Congress” by Yoel Robert Assiag
“Poisoned River” by Gheorghe Popa
“Bank Of Buriganga” by Md Tanveer Hassan Rohan
“Melting Ice Cap” by Florian Ledoux
“Hippopotamus Group From Above” by Talib Almarri
All images © the photographers, courtesy of Drone Photography Awards, shared with permission
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