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These award-winning drone photos contrast nature and humanity

These award-winning drone photos contrast nature and humanity
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The winners of the annual drone photography contest hosted by Skypixel, the photo-sharing community owned by drone maker DJI, show the alluring beauty of nature and the ways humanity inhabits it.

Consumer drones are still a relatively novel technology in the long history of photography. They have been particularly useful in showcasing angles most photographers would have been unable to get before, like showing a small structure or a single person against a vast landscape. This selection of 2019 winners does exactly that, from the image of a monastery set on a foggy beach to silhouetted skiers on the precipice of a mountain.

Here’s look at some of the photos below, with caption information provided by the photographers.

“The famous monastery of Mont Saint Michel [in Normandy, France] during a foggy morning.”
“The famous monastery of Mont Saint Michel [in Normandy, France] during a foggy morning.”
Image: Deryk Baumgärtner/Skypixel
The National Library of Kosovo.
The National Library of Kosovo.
Image: Agon Nimani/Skypixel
“A perfect mountain road shot twice during Summer and Winter. Same place. Different seasons. It took a lot of effort to shoot this photo. Two photos shot 8 months apart. Perfectly aligned. The battle between the Summer and the Winter.” (No location given.)
“A perfect mountain road shot twice during Summer and Winter. Same place. Different seasons. It took a lot of effort to shoot this photo. Two photos shot 8 months apart. Perfectly aligned. The battle between the Summer and the Winter.” (No location given.)
Image: Michal Sadowski/Skypixel
“The kids were doing exercise by running through the sand dunes nearby their home in Phan Rang, Vietnam, in the early morning.”
“The kids were doing exercise by running through the sand dunes nearby their home in Phan Rang, Vietnam, in the early morning.”
Image: Trung Pham/Skypixel
Skiiers on the summit of Mont Blanc.
Skiiers on the summit of Mont Blanc.
Image: Mathis Dumas/Skypixel
“A bridge in the clouds” (No location given.)
“A bridge in the clouds” (No location given.)
Image: 李珩 13811278527/Skypixel
“A red train passing the Landwasser Viaduct in Switzerland.”
“A red train passing the Landwasser Viaduct in Switzerland.”
Image: sebastianmzh/Skypixel
“Epic light & fog in this autumn in Kyiv.”
“Epic light & fog in this autumn in Kyiv.”
Image: Sergey Ristenko/Skypxel
An aerial view of Henningsvær, on the Lofoten Islands in Norway.
An aerial view of Henningsvær, on the Lofoten Islands in Norway.
Image: 圆猪笔/Skypixel