Drones are becoming an increasingly accessible way to witness the world from another perspective. As more and more people are soaring the skies with their cameras, aerial photography communities start to host their own awards (previously here and here). This time we present SkyPixel 2016 Photo Contest's winners and some of our most favourite shots.

SkyPixel is a growing aerial photography platform, and it received 27,000 entries to its 2016 competition. It was open to both professional and amateur photographers, and was divided into three categories: 360, Beauty, and Drones in Use. Scroll down to check out who won and upvote the ones you liked best!

More info: skypixel.com (h/t: dyt, guardian)

#1 Exploration, First Prize In Professional Beauty Category

Exploration, First Prize In Professional Beauty Category

Hanbing Wang/SkyPixel Report

Yvonne Bernal 1 year ago

I LOVE it... a little bit of color in a sea of sand. The ripples, the footprints, and the shadows - art in nature, and nature in art

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#2 Spillway Selfie, Second Prize In Professional Beauty Category

Spillway Selfie, Second Prize In Professional Beauty Category

Brendon Dixon/SkyPixel Report

Cassie 1 year ago

This is awesome, but it gives me the willies.

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#3 Overbridge, First Prize In Enthusiast Beauty Category

Overbridge, First Prize In Enthusiast Beauty Category

诚涵/SkyPixel Report

Varsha Chrislin 1 year ago

looks like its hanging on the sky

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#4 Green Waves, Second Prize In Enthusiast Beauty Category

Green Waves, Second Prize In Enthusiast Beauty Category

Mauro Pagliai/SkyPixel Report

Pepper Wilkinson 1 year ago

This looks like a game x

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#5 Rainbow Lines, Honorable Mention

Rainbow Lines, Honorable Mention

SkyPixel Report

Varsha Chrislin 1 year ago

Different colours of pencil spread down!

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#6 Fishermen Close The Net, Grand Prize, 2016 Skypixel Photo Of The Year

Fishermen Close The Net, Grand Prize, 2016 Skypixel Photo Of The Year

Ge Zheng/SkyPixel Report

Yvonne Bernal 1 year ago

I enjoy seeing the reflections of the clouds and the shadows on the ripples of water.

#7 City Cool, Honorable Mention

City Cool, Honorable Mention

SkyPixel Report

Wedding Photography Select 1 year ago

Love the colours here.

#8 On The Terraces, Honorable Mention

On The Terraces, Honorable Mention

SkyPixel Report

Mervin Merueñas 1 year ago

I wonder where is this shot taken

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#9 A Happy Morning, First Prize In Professional Drones In Use Category

A Happy Morning, First Prize In Professional Drones In Use Category

Roman Neimann/SkyPixel Report

Yvonne Bernal 1 year ago

Now that's one HIGH jump!

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#10 Dji_0022, Honorable Mention

Dji_0022, Honorable Mention

Y显龙/SkyPixel Report

Mirtha Salcedo 1 year ago

Artisticaaaa

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#11 Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention

汪梓祺/SkyPixel Report

Marlene 1 year ago

Absolutely glorious.

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#12 Ice River, Third Prize In Enthusiast Beauty Category

Ice River, Third Prize In Enthusiast Beauty Category

Canloker/SkyPixel Report

Kenadee Bickford 1 year ago

it looks like eyeballs in a way

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#13 And They Were All Yellow, Honorable Mention

And They Were All Yellow, Honorable Mention

SkyPixel Report

Caitlyn McCracken 1 year ago

Has an Oz feel to it

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#14 At The Tip, Honorable Mention

At The Tip, Honorable Mention

Piotr Parzybok/SkyPixel Report

#15 The Earth, Third Prize In Professional Beauty Category

The Earth, Third Prize In Professional Beauty Category

李珩/SkyPixel Report

Yvonne Bernal 1 year ago

I wish I knew what this was a photo of. It truly piqued my interest... that cobalt blue is breathtakingly beautiful

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#16 Despectus, First Prize In Enthusiast Drones In Use Category

Despectus, First Prize In Enthusiast Drones In Use Category

Filip Šnajdr/SkyPixel Report

#17 Where Did You Park The Car? Honorable Mention

Where Did You Park The Car? Honorable Mention

SkyPixel Report

Daria B 1 year ago

Car farming field.

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#18 Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention

YunChuan/SkyPixel Report

#19 Melting Pot, Honorable Mention

Melting Pot, Honorable Mention

Piotr Parzybok/SkyPixel Report

Marlene 1 year ago

Spectacular.

#20 Meet The Phantom, Second Prize In Professional Drones In Use Category

Meet The Phantom, Second Prize In Professional Drones In Use Category

HackerSundy/SkyPixel Report

Marlene 1 year ago

So pretty it looks like a painting.

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#21 Pavlopetri, Honorable Mention

Pavlopetri, Honorable Mention

hyperfocal/SkyPixel Report

Marlene 1 year ago

Gorgeous.

#22 Drone In Use, Third Prize In Professional Drones In Use Category

Drone In Use, Third Prize In Professional Drones In Use Category

Norman Nollau/SkyPixel Report

#23 Inspire In Use, Second Prize In Enthusiast Drones In Use Category

Inspire In Use, Second Prize In Enthusiast Drones In Use Category

lili cui/SkyPixel Report

Marlene 1 year ago

Cool perspective.

#24 Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention

YunChuan/SkyPixel Report

Katie Light 1 year ago

This one deserves to have won

#25 The Phantom Of The Earth, Third Prize In Enthusiast Drones In Use Category

The Phantom Of The Earth, Third Prize In Enthusiast Drones In Use Category

零 大魔王/SkyPixel Report

JillVille Child Care 1 year ago

I would love to know how far that shadow is actually stretching on the tree. It looks like a very tall tree!