The Best Aerial Photographs From The 2017 SkyPixel Photo Contest
“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.”

Drone-maker DJI and aerial photography website SkyPixel have announced the winners of the 2017 SkyPixel aerial photography contest, which was launched back in October. Winners span three categories—Landscape, Portrait, and Story—split between a professional group and enthusiast group. SkyPixel has become a leading community for aerial photographers looking to show off their work and connect with like minded enthusiasts.

The 2017 SkyPixel Photo Contest is the most prominent aerial photography contest worldwide, it received over 44,000 submissions from participants in 141 countries. The Grand Prize this year went to “Above the polar bear” captured with a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone by Arctic and wildlife photographer Florian Ledoux.

As the Grand Prize winner, Ledoux will receive an impressive collection of gear valued at more than $15,000 USD, including a DJI Inspire 2 with a Zenmuse X7 and lens, iPhone X 256GB, Nikon D850 DSLR camera body, and more.

“I have witnessed incredible moments and scenes of the wild but I can guarantee you that this, by far, is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen,” he said, “I hope that future generations will still be able to witness the beauty and grandeur of the Arctic wildlife the same way we do today.”

In addition to the Grand Prize, each main category also consists of a First, Second and Third Prize from both the professional and enthusiast groups. The winning entries captured a diverse range of perspectives, from profiling a girl dancing in a 190-year old building in Shanghai, to capturing a striking image depicting environmental impact in the world today.

“Sun’s Up, Net’s Out” by Zay Yar Lin. First Prize, Landscape, Professional. “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.”
“Comet Into Darkness” by Drone Hikers. Second Prize, Landscape, Professional. “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.”
“Santa Maddalena village in front of the Geisler” by Valentin Valkov. Third Prize, Landscape, Professional. “Santa Maddalena village in front of the Geisler or Odle Dolomites Group, Val di Funes, Trentino Alto Adige, Italy, Europe.”
“Lobsters Farm” by Trung. First Prize, Landscape, Enthusiast. “Baby lobsters breeding farm in Tuy Hoa, Phu Yen province, central Vietnam.”
“Geometry of Liquid Gold” by Javier del Cerro. Second Prize, Landscape, Enthusiast. “In Castilla La Mancha there are numerous fields of olive trees perfectly placed on the ground.”
“Raising Ducks” by caokynhan. Third Prize, Landscape, Enthusiast. “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.”
“Balmoral Ball” by Petra Leary. First Prize, Portrait, Professional. “Auckland’s hidden courts.”
“Waterfall Hero” – Second Prize, Portrait, Professional. – “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.”
“The Rebirth” by Andrea. Third Prize, Portrait, Professional. “Now you’re going to be witness to the rebirth of humanity.”
“Dancer” by cocoanext. First Prize, Enthusiast, Portrait. “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.”
“Free Wheeling” by nigelkwan. Second Prize, Portrait, Enthusiast.
First Prize, Story, Professional
Second Prize, Story, Professional
Third Prize, Story, Professional
First Prize, Story, Enthusiast
Second Prize, Story, Enthusiast
‘The long ride’ by Jesper Guldbrand – Third Prize, Story, Enthusiast – “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.”
“The path of camels across the sands” by Abdullah Alnassar – Landscape / Nominated Entries – “The camel road across the desert is very hard through sand dunes.”
“Elements” by Olivier… – Landscape / Nominated Entries – “Drone pano shot of 12 images. We simply couldn’t keep driving without stopping, when we noticed that light, clouds and rainbow… Iceland is really, out of this world. I’ll be back, for sure!”
“Grab the fall’s tail” by Leng_Vision – Landscape / Nominated Entries
“Fancy Finish” by Martin Sanchez – Portrait / Nominated Entries
“Lost in” by Marc Lamey – Portrait / Nominated Entries – “Grand Staircase National monument area and Utah Coral sand dunes, with a DJI Phantom 4; AJ (The model) is lost in this world .”
“Untitled” by Bobo – Portrait / Nominated Entries
Portrait / Nominated Entries
“Elemental” by Max Foster – Story / Nominated Entries – “Swooping lines of an Icelandic river delta as seen from 1,500 feet.”
Story / Nominated Entries