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Drone Photography Awards 2022
Photograph: Drone Photography Awards 2022 / Marek Biegalski

These dizzying shots triumphed at the Drone Photo Awards 2022

From erupting volcanoes to mesmerising architecture, these photographs showcase the best drone photography

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham
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Drones have been around for a while now, but there’s still something magical about drone photography. That’s why we love the annual Drone Photography Awards: unless you’re a pilot, it’s the closest as you’ll get to travelling the world as a bird.

The above pic, which was one of the winners at this year’s awards, was taken by Marek Biegalski and captures two volcanic craters in Iceland that are filled with turquoise lakes. It’ll be exhibited alongside several other winning shots at an exhibition in Siena, Italy, from October 1 to November 20.

You can have a look at the whole winners’ gallery of this year’s Drone Photo Awards here, but here are a few of our favourite dreamy drone shots from the competition.

‘Perfect Chaos’ by Sara Zanini

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Photograph: Drone Photography Awards 2022 / Sara Zanini

‘Big Bang’ by Armand Sarlangue

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Photograph: Drone Photography Awards 2022 / Armand Sarlangue

‘All Roads Lead to Death, Enjoy the Journey’ by Themistocles Kaltsidis

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Photograph: Drone Photography Awards 2022 / Themistocles Kaltsidis

‘Solidarity’ by Mehdi Mohebipour

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Photograph: Drone Photography Awards 2022 / Mehdi Mohebipour

‘Finned Nets to Catch Squid’ by Tuan Nguyen Tan

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Photograph: Drone Photography Awards 2022 / Tuan Nguyen Tan

‘Sup Festival’ by Sergey Anufriev

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Photograph: Drone Photography Awards 2022 / Sergey Anufriev

‘Fertility’ by Christian Trustrup

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Photograph: Drone Photography Awards 2022 / Christian Trustrup

‘Vessels of Eid Passengers’ by Christian Trustrup

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Photograph: Drone Photography Awards 2022 / Azim Khan Ronnie

‘Red Zone’ by Marcin Giba

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Photograph: Drone Photography Awards 2022 / Marcin Giba

‘Five-leaf flower Hall’ by Ying Zhang

Drone Photography Awards 2022
Photograph: Drone Photography Awards 2022 / Ying Zhang

Did see these award-winning photos, all taken on a phone?

Plus: here are the awe-inspiring winners of the Nature TTL Photographer of the Year competition.

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