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A Shoal of Colorful Fish

'Photo of the Year' winner: A Shoal of Colorful Fish by Jacek Deneka

About the photo: This top-down photo shows cross-country skiers during the Ski Racing Festival "Bieg Piastów" competition in Poland. From the sky, the skiers look like a shoal of colorful fish floating among coral reefs.

The second annual Drone Awards, hosted by the Art Photo Travel association, has announced the winners and finalists for their 2019 aerial photography contest. Over 4,500 submissions were received from 107 countries for seven categories including Wildlife, Urban, Abstract, and Nature.

The honor of "Drone Awards Photographer of the Year" 2019 was given to Polish photographer Jacek Deneka. He captured a top-down image of cross-country skiers racing in the main competition of the Bieg Piastow Skiing Festival in Jakuszyce, Poland.

Entries were judged by a group of internationally recognized photography professionals. Each image was submitted anonymously to the jury to prevent any bias. Prizes were awarded in seven categories to 44 photographers from 34 countries including Austria, Australia, China, France, Spain, the United States, and Vietnam.

The winning photographers in the seven categories are:

Abstract: Marc Le Cornu, United States
Nature: Jeremiasz Gadek, Poland
People: Khanh Phan, Vietnam
Sport: JoSon Lee, United States
Wildlife: Florian Ledoux, France
Urban: George Steinmetz, United States
Video: Alex Chacon, United States

The full gallery of winning, highly commended, and commended images can be viewed here.

Winning images will be on display at the 'Sky's the Limit' exhibition held in Siena, throughout November, during the 'Siena Awards' Photo Festival.