The Best Drone Photography of 2016

Drone photography has really become very popular and we have seen some pretty amazing photographs that were taken by drones. Whether you are using it to photograph a great landscape, an aerial shot of a wedding, sporting event or anything else you can imagine, drones are pretty cool.

Every year, SkyPixel hosts the largest aerial photography contest in the world to showcase the best of the best. This past contest, Conde Nast Traveler partnered with SkyPixel to choose some pretty stunning winners. Today, we want to share 8 of their winning photographs with you. We hope you enjoy some of the best drone photography of 2016! 

 Grand Prize. "Fishermen Closing The Net" shot near Yacheng Bay, China. Photo by Ge Zheng. 

Grand Prize. "Fishermen Closing The Net" shot near Yacheng Bay, China. Photo by Ge Zheng. 

 First prize in the professional beauty category. "Exploration" is a photo of Bactrian camels making their way through western China's Taklamakan Desert. Photo by 王 汉冰. 

First prize in the professional beauty category. "Exploration" is a photo of Bactrian camels making their way through western China's Taklamakan Desert. Photo by 王 汉冰. 

 Second place for professional beauty. "Spillway Selfie" taken by dixonltd. 

Second place for professional beauty. "Spillway Selfie" taken by dixonltd. 

 Third place for professional beauty. "The Earth" features fireworks captured at just the right moment in Tibet. Photo by 李珩. 

Third place for professional beauty. "The Earth" features fireworks captured at just the right moment in Tibet. Photo by 李珩. 

 First place in the enthusiast beauty category. The Baling Bridge in southern China on a foggy day. Photo by 诚涵.

First place in the enthusiast beauty category. The Baling Bridge in southern China on a foggy day. Photo by 诚涵.

 Silver medal in the enthusiast beauty category. "Green Waves" shot in the countryside of Siena, Italy. Photo by Mauro Pagliai. 

Silver medal in the enthusiast beauty category. "Green Waves" shot in the countryside of Siena, Italy. Photo by Mauro Pagliai. 

 Third place winner in the enthusiast beauty category. Offers a rarely seen bird's-eye-view of a cracking ice river in northern China. Photo by Canloker. 

Third place winner in the enthusiast beauty category. Offers a rarely seen bird's-eye-view of a cracking ice river in northern China. Photo by Canloker. 

 First prize in enthusiast 'drones in use' category. A long exposure shot of a drone circling a 16th century structure. Photo by Fifa. 

First prize in enthusiast 'drones in use' category. A long exposure shot of a drone circling a 16th century structure. Photo by Fifa. 

What amazing photos these are! To see all of the winning photos in the SkyPixel drone contest, visit SkyPixel. And here are some other drone photos you may enjoy seeing: 

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