Protests, Nature and A World in Lockdown Are Captured from Above in Drone Photo Awards 2020

‘Sunrise Surfing’ by Jim Picôt was commended in the sport category.
Protests, Nature and A World in Lockdown Are Captured from Above in Drone Photo Awards 2020
Jim Picôt/Drone Photo Awards

Animals, landscapes, protests and empty streets, all caught by photographers from hundreds of feet above, have been highlighted by judges of the 2020 Drone Photo Awards. The annual competition dedicated an entire category to pictures that showed the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, with several haunting images of empty cities honored by the judges.

But shots of roads packed with protesters also featured, along with scenes from nature as seen by an eye in the sky.

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This beach volleyball shot by Kenny Beele was also highlighted.
Protests, Nature and A World in Lockdown Are Captured from Above in Drone Photo Awards 2020
Kenny Beele/Drone Photo Awards

‘Hot Attack’ by Marc Le Cornu was commended by judges.
Protests, Nature and A World in Lockdown Are Captured from Above in Drone Photo Awards 2020
Marc Le Cornu/Drone Photo Awards

A photo of thousands of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong was the runner-up in the People category.
Protests, Nature and A World in Lockdown Are Captured from Above in Drone Photo Awards 2020
Tugo Cheng/Drone Photo Awards

‘Colored Watermix’ by Ignacio Medem, highlighted in the nature category.
Protests, Nature and A World in Lockdown Are Captured from Above in Drone Photo Awards 2020
Ignacio Medem/Drone Photo Awards

Greece’s Kleanthis Vikelidis stadium was captured in flames by Dimitris Tosidis.
Protests, Nature and A World in Lockdown Are Captured from Above in Drone Photo Awards 2020
Dimitris Tosidis/Drone Photo Awards

Indian rhinos look for new grazing grounds, captured by Rajarshi Banerji.
Protests, Nature and A World in Lockdown Are Captured from Above in Drone Photo Awards 2020
Rajarshi Banerji/Drone Photo Awards

Images showing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, like this one by Ingrid Hendriksen, were given their own category.
Protests, Nature and A World in Lockdown Are Captured from Above in Drone Photo Awards 2020
Ingrid Hendriksen/Drone Photo Awards

A photo from South India by Rakesh Pulapa shows how densely-packed human communities co-exist with natural landscapes.
Protests, Nature and A World in Lockdown Are Captured from Above in Drone Photo Awards 2020
Rakesh Pulapa/Drone Photo Awards

Stefan Emanuel’s “Time is the only witness” shows a slow pace to life in the Italian countryside.
Protests, Nature and A World in Lockdown Are Captured from Above in Drone Photo Awards 2020
Stefan Emanuel/Drone Photo Awards

Fabio Muzzi caught pictures of an empty Italy during the coronavirus pandemic.
Protests, Nature and A World in Lockdown Are Captured from Above in Drone Photo Awards 2020
Fabio Muzzi/Drone Photo Awards

Carmine Chiriacò’s image of a marina in Dubai caught the judges’ eyes.
Protests, Nature and A World in Lockdown Are Captured from Above in Drone Photo Awards 2020
Carmine Chiriacò/Drone Photo Awards

“Boats Of Buriganga” by Md Ali Asraf Bhuiyan was honored in the urban category.
Protests, Nature and A World in Lockdown Are Captured from Above in Drone Photo Awards 2020
Md Ali Asraf Bhuiyan/Drone Photo Awards

Thomas Vijayan’s shot of hundreds of flamingos was also picked.
Protests, Nature and A World in Lockdown Are Captured from Above in Drone Photo Awards 2020
Thomas Vijayan/Drone Photo Awards

An image by Azim Khan Ronnie shows Eid prayers.
Protests, Nature and A World in Lockdown Are Captured from Above in Drone Photo Awards 2020
Azim Khan Ronnie/Drone Photo Awards

A picture of a Shangai skyscraper in the early morning light.
Protests, Nature and A World in Lockdown Are Captured from Above in Drone Photo Awards 2020
Rex Zou/Drone Photo Awards

A buffalo herd moves to shelter, in this picture by Mehmet Aslan.
Protests, Nature and A World in Lockdown Are Captured from Above in Drone Photo Awards 2020
Mehmet Aslan/Drone Photo Awards

“Forest Path” by Mehmet Aslan.
Protests, Nature and A World in Lockdown Are Captured from Above in Drone Photo Awards 2020
Mehmet Aslan/Drone Photo Awards

Dubai in lockdown, captured by Bachir Moukarzel.
Protests, Nature and A World in Lockdown Are Captured from Above in Drone Photo Awards 2020
Bachir Moukarzel/Drone Photo Awards

Sheep shelter from the sun, in a shot by Marek Biegalski.
Protests, Nature and A World in Lockdown Are Captured from Above in Drone Photo Awards 2020
Marek Biegalski/Drone Photo Awards

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