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Colourful boats in Bangladesh
Photograph: Md Tanveer Hassan Rohan / Drone Photo Awards 2021

These epic aerial shots have won the Drone Photo Awards 2021

From bathing hippos to dramatic cityscapes, these are some of the best drone photographs of the year

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Sophie Dickinson
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Ever wanted to fly among thousands of pink-footed geese? Technology hasn’t taken us (quite) there yet, but these photos are the next best thing. The winners of the Drone Photo Awards 2021 have been announced, with Terje Kolaas’s shot of the birds above snow-covered ground taking the top prize. 

The aerial photographs don’t just take in natural wonders, though. Md Tanveer Hassan Rohan’s image shows a colourful harbour in Bangladesh from above. During the pandemic, people used the boats to travel on the River Buriganga – creating a mismatched pattern of water and transport. It’s lovely stuff. Here are some of our other favourites:

Like this cloud of geese.

A drone photo of geese
Photograph: Terje Kolaas / Drone Photo Awards 2021

This turtle heading back to the sea.

A turtle makes its way across the sand
Photograph: Qasim Al Farsi / Drone Photo Awards 2021

This atmospheric ocean scene.

Trees in a blue sea
Photograph: Reza Bagheri / Drone Photo Awards 2021

This dramatic Moscow cityscape.

Moscow monastery and power plant
Photograph: Sergei Poletaev / Drone Photo Awards 2021

These bathing hippos.

A cropped photo of hippos
Photograph: Talib Almarri / Drone Photo Awards 2021

This magma flowing from an Icelandic volcano.

Molten lava from a volcano
Photograph: Oleg Rest / Drone Photo Awards 2021

This rugged Utah canyon.

A canyon in Utah
Photograph: Laura Bennett / Drone Photo Awards 2021

Check out some more of our fave photos of 2021 at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards.

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