The 13 best drone photos of 2015

SkyPixel, DJI’s aerial photography community, announced the top drone images of 2015.

The winners were chosen out of 10,000 entries submitted from 146 countries to the two-month global competition.

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Kirk Hille, SkyPixel

Pictured above is the year’s overall top photo, called “Surge,” and shot by Kirk Hille. Ken Geiger, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and a SkyPixel competition judge, said “Surge” offered “a unique viewpoint, lovely color and composition” and “made an emotional connection with me, making me wish to be part of the scene,” according to DJI.

And here are other winning photos:

First Prize, Professional Group: Beauty

Populus in the Fall: Hanbing Wang/SkyPixel
Populus in the Fall: Hanbing Wang/SkyPixel

Second Prize, Professional Group: Beauty

Thunderhead Over West Texas: Darin Kuntz/SkyPixel
Thunderhead Over West Texas: Darin Kuntz/SkyPixel

First Prize, Professional Group: Drones in Use

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Phantom Above the Boats : Wenjian Chen/SkyPixel

Second Prize, Professional Group: Drones in Use

Drone & Doves: Yunqing Zhang/SkyPixel
Drone & Doves: Yunqing Zhang/SkyPixel

First Prize, Professional Group: Dronie

Panvelvet is Taking a Photo: Alex Kerkis/SkyPixel
Panvelvet is Taking a Photo: Alex Kerkis/SkyPixel

Second Prize, Professional Group: Dronie

King of the Mountain: Audrius R/SkyPixel
King of the Mountain: Audrius R/SkyPixel

First Prize, Enthusiast Group: Beauty

Eye: Maksim Tarasov/SkyPixel
Eye: Maksim Tarasov/SkyPixel

Second Prize, Enthusiast Group: Beauty

Unfinished: Rob W/SkyPixel
Unfinished: Rob W/SkyPixel

First Prize, Enthusiast Group: Drones in Use

Phantom 3 Light Trails: mo mu/SkyPixel
Phantom 3 Light Trails: mo mu/SkyPixel

Second Prize, Enthusiast Group: Drones in Use

Wakeboard Chase!: Robert Absher/SkyPixel
Wakeboard Chase!: Robert Absher/SkyPixel

First Prize, Enthusiast Group: Dronie

Dronie on Crashed Plane: Dmitry Balakirev/SkyPixel
Dronie on Crashed Plane: Dmitry Balakirev/SkyPixel

Second Prize, Enthusiast Group: Dronie

4 People Watch as a P3 Photographs a P2: Todd Kennedy/SkyPixel
4 People Watch as a P3 Photographs a P2: Todd Kennedy/SkyPixel

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