Drones take travel photography to new heights: Award-winning shots revealed

We’ve just announced the winners of The Drone Photo Awards
. We’ve taken a look at highlights to see what photography can transport you to another location in a split second.

This year’s most striking shots include stark winter scenes and traditional cultural practices, as well as outdoor celebrations.

Metaphorical Statement about City and Winter

Sergei Poletaev captured this stunning shot of a monastery that dates back to 500 years in Moscow, with a power station looming above it.

The title, which is tongue-in-cheek, draws attention to the symbolism of the image and adds an extra layer of Russian charm.

Sergei Poletaev

This image is classified 1st under the ‘Urban’ Category


This photo of a football field in Henningsvaer, a fishing town in Norway’s northern archipelago, contrasts with the lush artificial grass and the cold winter landscape.

Nando Harmsen, a photographer, asks the viewer if they would dare to play there.

Nando Harmsen

This image is highly commended under the Urban Category

Frozen Fun

Sergey Farenyuk’s photograph of the ferris wheel at Moscow’s Izmailovsky park tells a beautiful urban story. The amusement park ride remains static despite the cold of Russia’s winter.

Izmailovsky park is one of Moscow’s largest parks. It stretches into a forest near the city’s edge. There are other fun activities such as shuffleboarding and a 5D cinema.

Sergey Farenyuk

This image was commended under the Urban Category

Buddy, you’re doing it wrong!

John Cowpland captures the moment when a cyclist goes against the tide at the annual Big Easy cycling race in Hawkes Bay (New Zealand).

Its organizers hail the Big Easy as “the ultimate antidote for all those serious, lycra-laden cycling events held throughout the country.”

John Cowpland

This image is highly commended under the ‘Sport’ Category

Two Dragons Celebrate Festival

Ming Li captured the moment when two dragon dance teams prayed together in a 700-year old tulou in Nanjing China.

A tulou, a traditional Hakka communal residence, is found in the Fujian region. These earthen houses, which are circular in shape and several storeys tall, look outwards towards a central courtyard. One tulou would house a whole clan, which would then function as a village unit.

The picture was taken during the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival. It is a colorful combination of Chinese heritage and customs.

Ming Li

Prayer for Souls

Phu Khanh Bui captured the Vietnamese tradition of women wearing ‘Ao Dai” costumes to release colored lanterns and flower garlands. This is part of a festival where families pray for good fortune and happiness.

Festivals like this one take place in cities such as Hanoi and Hoi An that are famous for their beautiful waterways and lakes.

Phu Khanh Bui

This image was highly commended under the ‘People” Category

Floating People

Raf Willems captured a scene where people were attending a concert while floating on inner-tubes.

Raf Willems

The photo was taken at Country in the Cove in Las Vegas, which he attended in 2018.

This image was commended in the “People” Category