Although drones have been at the forefront of ethical and security debates, the unmanned flying machines, in the hands of a photographer can capture spectacular, unique images which we would otherwise go unseen.
SkyPixel, an aerial photography platform, received 27,000 entries from 131 countries for its competition. Open to both professional and amateur photographers, the competition was split into three categories: Beauty, 360, and Drones in Use.
Here we look at some of the winning shots including some of our personal favourites.
Grand Prize Winner: Fishermen close the net, Fujian province, China. PHOTO: GE ZHENG/SKYPIXEL
First place, Professional beauty: A line in the sand. PHOTO: HANBING WANG/SKYPIXEL
Second place, Professional beauty: Huia Dam in Auckland, New Zealand. PHOTO: BRENDON DIXON/SKYPIXEL
First place, Amateur Beauty: Road bridge, US. PHOTO: SKYPIXEL
Second place, Amateur Beauty. Green waves, Italy. PHOTO: MAURO PAGLIAI/SKYPIXEL
Third place, Amateur Beauty. Ice art, US. PHOTO: SKYPIXEL
Rainbow lines, Netherlands. PHOTO: SKYPIXEL
And they were all yellow. PHOTO: SKYPIXEL
City cool, people play amid the fountains. PHOTO: SKYPIXEL