SkyPixel is one of the biggest drone-lover communities, where both professionals and amateurs are able to share their works with the world. Recently, they held a contest to announce the best aerial pictures of the year 2017 and the winners actually took our breath away.
The competition was open to two main groups of participants: professionals and enthusiasts. The winners were announced in three categories (landscape, portrait, and story), excluding the Grand Prize. That went to Florian Ledoux, a wildlife photographer, who was lucky enough to capture the amazing moment of a Polar bear crossing between two pieces of sea glacier. The winner also raised some serious topics by sharing his work. "I hope we will still be able to see the Arctic wildlife as we do now," writes Florian below his winning picture. "It is threatened as the environment is changing. I was able to witness many scenes of wildlife and I can guarantee you this is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen."
Not that long ago we were delighted to explore the best drone images announced by Dronestagram. This time, let’s scroll down to enjoy the masterpieces that the SkyPixel community have shared with us.
More info: skypixel.com
#1 "Above The Polar Bear" By Florian Ledoux, Grand Prize Winner
“Dear future generation, I hope we will still be able to see the Arctic wildlife as we do now. It is threatened as the environment is changing. I was able to witness many scenes of wildlife and I can guarantee you this is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. Incredible and unique shot above a polar bear in Nunavut, Baffin area during wildlife reportage in Nunavut and Greenland.”
#2 "Santa Maddalena Village In Front Of The Geisler" By Valentin Valkov, Third Prize In Landscape Category, Professional Group
“Santa Maddalena village in front of the Geisler or Odle Dolomites Group, Val di Funes, Trentino Alto Adige, Italy, Europe.”
#3 "Sun's Up, Net's Out" By Zay Yar Lin, First Prize In Landscape Category, Professional Group
“An Intha fisherman sets up his net to fish as he paddles his boat with a unique leg-rowing technique in Mayanmar’s Inle Lake.”
#4 "'The Land Of The Earth' – Man Made Nature Revelation” By In The Higher Sky, First Prize In Story Category, Professional Group
“The rapid development of human civilization has brought a series of negative effects. The environment is polluted and the ecology is destroyed. At present, the status quo of pollution in the earth is very harsh, forming a staggering “earth 殇”! Mankind must reflect on the triumphant industry development model, truly implement the policy of transforming the development mode and achieve sustainable social and economic development. Face the devastation of the earth, forever scars. Environmental pollution must be managed, otherwise there will be no complete earth.“
#5 "Waterfall Hero" By Shen Min, Second Prize In Portrait Category, Professional Group
"He is over sixty, he is the world record holder for the Guinness waterfall diving. In China's famous spout of the Yellow River and the great falls of the water tower in Heilongjiang province, he surprised the world with his leap. In the air, his action stretches the beautiful. Freeze the moment of the shock, take this leap into eternity."
#6 "Raising Ducks" By Cao Kỳ Nhân, Third Prize In Landscape Category, Enthusiast Group
“Downstream of BA River (Tuy Hoa City, Phu Yen Province, Vietnam) farmers are raising ducks in big numbers. The white ducks make a nice spot for a peaceful river.”
#7 "The Long Ride" By Jesper Guldbrand, Third Prize In Story Category, Enthusiast Group
"This series is called "Mind bending" and is shot during 2017 in different locations of Sweden. Falun is a great city for mountainbiking. This photo shows it. 20 images stitched together. A process that took about 1,5 month."
#8 "Lobsters Farm" By Trung Pham, First Prize In Landscape Category, Enthusiast Group
“Baby lobsters breeding farm in Tuy Hoa, Phu Yen province, central Vietnam.”
#9 "Dancer" By Cocoanext, First Prize In Portrait Category, Enthusiast Group
“Shanghai's only nearly 190-year-old courtyard house with northern features is rarely seen in the south, where dancers dance not only skirts but also old Shanghai memories.”
#10 "Geometry Of Liquid Gold" By Javier Del Cerro, Second Prize In Landscape Category, Enthusiast Group
“In Castilla La Mancha there are numerous fields of olive trees perfectly placed on the ground.”
#11 "The Sun Is Busy" - Third Prize In Portrait Category, Enthusiast Group
#12 "Free Wheeling" By Nigelkwan, Second Prize In Portrait Category, Enthusiast Group
#13 "Balmoral Ball" By Petra Leary, First Prize In Portrait Category, Professional Group
“Auckland's hidden courts.”
#14 "Comet Into Darkness" By Drone Hikers, Second Prize In Landscape Category, Professional Group
“One of my favorite shots. An early morning in Newfoundland, I was hiking on the East Coast Trail when I heard a bunch of seagulls. I quickly launched my drone to find-out what was causing the mayhem. It was a small cod fishing boat steaming towards the harbor, a truly magical moment.”
#15 Untitled - Second Prize In Story Category, Enthusiast Group
#16 "Inle River Fishing Show" By Water Qinghua, First Prize In Story Category, Enthusiast Group
“At Myanmar’s Inu River, the ancient and unique fishing methods attract countless tourists to watch, and now has become a show.”
#17 "Autumn Fragrance" - Second Prize In Story Category, Professional Group
#18 Untitled By Lalienware, Third Prize In Story Category, Professional Group
#19 "The Rebirth" By Andrea Marongiu, Third Prize In Portrait Category, Professional Group
“Now you're going to be witness to the rebirth of humanity.”