Drone Photo Awards 2020

Part of the Siena Awards, the Drone Photo Awards 2020 celebrates a different photographic genre to traditional photography. View the images from the Animals and Nature categories.

Two humpback whales. © Mark Carwardine/Drone Photo Awards 2020

About the competition

Open to aerial photography and videos, the Drone Photo Awards are part of the Siena Awards. A selection of 45 images will be on display in the “Above Us Only Sky” exhibition at the Siena Photo Awards in Italy from October 24 to November 29.

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Other categories in the competition include Urban, Sport, and People. For 2020, there was also a special category called Life Under COVID-19.

Find out more about the competition and view more images on the Drone Photo Awards website.

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To view the images as a slideshow, click on the arrows in the top right hand corner of the photos below.

Overall winner

Love Heart of Nature: In winter, a shark is inside a salmon school when, chasing the baitfish, the shape became a heart shape. © Jim Picot/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Love Heart of Nature: In winter, a shark is inside a salmon school when, chasing the baitfish, the shape became a heart shape. © Jim Picot/Drone Photo Awards 2020

More images from the Nature and Wildlife categories:

An Afternoon Drink: With the advent of the dry season, as the grass becomes scarce and water sources dry up, Indian rhinos look for newer grazing grounds where they can graze and drink nearby. © Rajarshi Banerji/Drone Photo Awards 2020
An Afternoon Drink: With the advent of the dry season, as the grass becomes scarce and water sources dry up, Indian rhinos look for newer grazing grounds where they can graze and drink nearby. © Rajarshi Banerji/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Birds and the Ocean. © Stas Bartnikas/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Birds and the Ocean. © Stas Bartnikas/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Flamingos Flying Over A Colorful Lake. © Yang Jiao/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Flamingos Flying Over A Colorful Lake. © Yang Jiao/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Munk's mobula rays schooling: Though from a boat it was hard to appreciate just how enormous this shoal was, the drone revealed a mass of thousands of Munk's mobula rays (also called Munk's pygmy devil rays), all swimming in the same circular direction. © Mark Carwardine/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Munk’s mobula rays schooling: Though from a boat it was hard to appreciate just how enormous this shoal was, the drone revealed a mass of thousands of Munk’s mobula rays (also called Munk’s pygmy devil rays), all swimming in the same circular direction. © Mark Carwardine/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Bouncing Waves. © Ignacio Medem/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Bouncing Waves. © Ignacio Medem/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Homecoming: A buffalo herd is passing a lake before moving to its shelter where the herd will retreat to rest. © Mehmet Aslan/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Homecoming: A buffalo herd is passing a lake before moving to its shelter where the herd will retreat to rest. © Mehmet Aslan/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Flamingo Island. © Thomas Vijayan/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Flamingo Island. © Thomas Vijayan/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Coffee or Tea. © Yi Sun/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Coffee or Tea. © Yi Sun/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Followed By Shadows. © Haiquan Xiang/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Followed By Shadows. © Haiquan Xiang/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Ring of Crocodiles. © Adnan Asif/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Ring of Crocodiles. © Adnan Asif/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Two humpback whales. © Mark Carwardine/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Two humpback whales. © Mark Carwardine/Drone Photo Awards 2020
There they go. © Mohammed Awadh/Drone Photo Awards 2020
There they go. © Mohammed Awadh/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Delta design. © Paul Mckenzie/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Delta design. © Paul Mckenzie/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Where Herons Live: Many think that herons make nests in reeds or in a swamp. In fact, they nest in the tops of huge trees and with a drone it is sometimes possible to see them. © Dmitrii Viliunov/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Where Herons Live: Many think that herons make nests in reeds or in a swamp. In fact, they nest in the tops of huge trees and with a drone it is sometimes possible to see them. © Dmitrii Viliunov/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Flamingos canvas. © Javier Lafuente/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Flamingos canvas. © Javier Lafuente/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Forest Path. © Mehmet Aslan/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Forest Path. © Mehmet Aslan/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Spring Maple Tree Shadow. © Caleb Kenna/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Spring Maple Tree Shadow. © Caleb Kenna/Drone Photo Awards 2020
The Island. © Pawel Zygmunt/Drone Photo Awards 2020
The Island. © Pawel Zygmunt/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Outer space flamingos. © Paul Mckenzie/Drone Photo Awards 2020
Outer space flamingos. © Paul Mckenzie/Drone Photo Awards 2020