SkyPixel Picks Best Aerial & Drone Imagery of 2016 Competition featured over 27,000 entries from around the world

SHENZHEN, China, Jan. 24, 2017 /CNW/ -- SkyPixel, the world's most popular aerial photography community run in cooperation with DJI, has concluded a two-month global competition by selecting a series of beautiful and breathtaking aerial images as the top drone photographs of 2016.

The 2016 SkyPixel Photo of the Year went to "Fishermen close the net," a photograph by Ge Zheng shot in Fujian Province in China, in which reflections, colors and the unique aerial perspective create a startling composition from netting, poles and water. SkyPixel's blue-ribbon judging panel selected his photo and other category winners from over 27,000 entries submitted from 131 countries.

The winning photos were selected by a jury of established photojournalists from TIME and Conde Nast Traveler, along with a host of prize-winning photographers and popular travel photographers.

For his winning entry, Zheng will receive a DJI Inspire 2, a DJI Mavic Pro, Epson Moverio BT-300 smart glasses, Epson SureColor P400 Wide Format Photo Printer and an Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan (1-year membership).

In addition to the grand prize, SkyPixel picked first-, second- and third-place selections in three different categories -- "beauty," "360" and "drones in use." Professional and enthusiast entries were judged separately. The SkyPixel competition also awarded prizes to photos designated as "most popular"; winners for the Popular Prize were chosen by the number of "likes" they received on SkyPixel. SkyPixel collaborated on the 2016 competition with prizes sponsored by DJI, Epson, Adobe, Insta360 and Ctrip and media partners TIME, Conde Nast Traveler and FStoppers.

Selection of other photos that made the final winning list

All winning entries can be viewed here*:
Hi-res photos can be downloaded here*:

*Note: Media may use photos with credits offered to the original photographer and SkyPixel (

About SkyPixel
SkyPixel was founded in 2014 and has become a leading global community for aerial photographers and videographers. The platform has over one million registered users and hosts thousands of aerial images and videos uploaded daily by users from around the world. Leading works have received over 1 million views. The world's largest aerial photography contest was hosted by SkyPixel in 2016, with over 27,000 entries received from 146 countries. In addition, SkyPixel also promotes the growth of the aerial community, with an educational section featuring key experts of aerial imaging who provide tips on how to produce the best aerial photography.


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