Discover the winners of the Drone Photo Awards 2022


A bird’s eye view gives us the ability to observe places, people and everyday activities with a new perspective. And sometimes the most unexpected places yield the most creative results. The Drone Photo Awards celebrate the best aerial photography and videography of the year, and the winning images are inspiring, heartbreaking, thoughtful, and every emotion in between.

About the Drone Photo Awards

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The global competition celebrates drone photography and video as part of the Siena Awards, a photography competition that promotes international arts, culture, traditions and landmarks. The Drone Photo Awards are meant to be an avenue to appreciate the craft and separate it from traditional camera photography.

The competition is open to creators using fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles, balloons, airships, blimps, rockets, kites, and parachutes. Make your choice! Entrants can submit photos in up to eight categories: Wedding, Nature, People, Urban, Animals, Abstract, Sports and Video.

An international jury representing six countries chooses the winners. Selected works will have their work presented at a gallery in Siena, Italy during the Siena Awards Festival and are invited to attend the opening reception.

The first prize rewards €500,000 (502,190 USD) in photographic equipment and the title of Drone Photographer of the Year. Category winners receive a crystal Pangea Prize statuette presented at the awards ceremony in October. The judging panel also names finalists for each category, as well as Highly Commended and Commended Honors. All images are presented in Siena during the exhibition “Above Us Only Sky”.

Here are the winners.

Drone Photographer of the Year

“Big Bang.” Armand Sarlangue

A picture is worth a thousand words, and a good crop too. A bit far from what the title would have you believe, the winning Drone Photo Awards entry actually depicts a secondary fissure near the main crater of the Fagradalsfjall volcano in Iceland. Armand Sarlangue braved the rain and strong winds during a storm to document the event.

Urban

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“The roofs of the Kartoffelraekkerne district.” Serhiy Vovk

Serhiy Vovk captures the fascinating repetition of Copenhagen’s Kartoffelrækkerne neighborhood in Oesterbro. In its past life, the neighborhood served as affordable housing for the working class, but today it is one of the most desirable locations in the city.

Wildlife

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“Solidarity.” Mehdi Mohebipour

A fantastic flock of flamingos fills the frame of the image of Mehdi Mohebipour, who won the Wildlife category.

“Flamingos sleep together at night for added security and stay close together during the day, protecting each other,” Mohebipour shares. “In this crowd of bodies stand out the colored nuances of the plumage and the reflections of the light.”

Sports

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“Falling skiers.” Daniel Koszela

The Sports category winner of the Drone Photo Awards is Daniel Koszela, who submitted this colorful image of skiers racing down the mountain during the 46th Bieg Piastów Cross-Country Skiing Competition held in Szklarska Poręba, Poland. Motion blur adds to the frenetic excitement and racing speed.

People

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“Sleeping on a boat.” Anindita Roy

Anindita Roy’s winning photograph freezes a moment of calm amid chaos.

“Dhaka is located on the bank of the famous Buriganga River,” writes Roy. “Sadarghat river port in Dhaka is the busiest port in Bangladesh, with services to most districts in the country. People from both sides of the Buriganga River cross it using small boats. The boatmen who work there usually sleep at night on the boats themselves.

Nature

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“Meeting.” David Red

Ocean meets desert in a peaceful juxtaposition, photographed by winner David Rouge over the South Atlantic Ocean.

Summary

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“Workers of the salt farm harvesting.” Saurabh Sirohiya

Saurabh Sirohiya shows the artistic side of an otherwise grueling job: laborers working in a saltworks.

“They move the salt to form circular lines allowing slow evaporation under the hot sun. At the end of the day, the salt will be collected in baskets,” notes Sirohiya. A shift in perspective can really bring out the beauty in seemingly mundane tasks.

Wedding

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“Like a painted picture.” Krzysztof Krawczyk

It’s no typical drone shot on wedding day. Winner Krzysztof Krawczyk adds ethereal and artistic flair to the category with a jaw-dropping submission.

“The effect of the sun on the water, a felled tree and a brave bride lying on it: a beautiful painting drawn by nature,” says Krawczyk. “The surface of the water looks like a starry night sky, while the bride looks like a dreamy princess.”

Series

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“Abandoned weather station.” Dmitry Kokh

To create this series, photographer Dmitry Kokh traveled 1200 miles along the coasts of Chukotka and Wrangel Island in Russia. While sheltering from a storm on Kolyuchin Island, Kokh spotted polar bears through his binoculars as they roamed abandoned houses. Kokh used a drone with low-noise propellers to photograph the bears without disturbing them.

Video: General

Personal views of Flyage.

Mauro Pagliai takes viewers across Italy, showcasing the country from north to south, seas to mountains, cities and valleys – you’ll want to vacation in Italy after watching this.

Video: Photojournalism

The soul of a city. Ukraine.

Yurii Bobyr presents the harsh reality of Ukraine following the Russian invasion.

Video: Travel

My year 2021.

Alen Tkalcec’s winning video is a patchwork of travels. It includes hot air balloons and snow-capped peaks soaring skyward, cliffside towns, pyramids, beaches, and more. If that’s not enough to make you want to travel, we don’t know what is.

How to enter the Drone Photo Awards

The Drone Photo Awards are open to amateurs and professionals alike, and the jury will accept both published and unpublished work. Your first entry is free, or you can submit three images for €20 ($20 USD). Each additional image beyond is €10 (US$10), with series and video submissions being charged €35 ​​(US$35).

Creators can submit their works before May 20 for a discounted rate. The submission deadline is June 25, but check the website for updates.

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