Winners and finalists for the 2021 Siena Drone Photo Awards

The Siena Awards recently announced the winners and finalists for its 2021 Drone Photo Awards. Tens of thousands of aerial images were submitted from 102 countries. The overall winning image, featuring thousands of pink-footed geese flying towards the Arctic, belongs to Norwegian photographer Terje Kolaas.

Photographers submitted work from categories including Abstract, Sport, Urban, People, and 'Extragalactic.' 'I’m so thrilled to win the award, it's such a huge honor to be recognized on an International stage among so many talented photographers and amazing photos,' Sport category winner Phil de Glanville tells DPReview.

His award-winning image was a result of planning mixed in with some trial-and-error. 'Getting the timing of the waves and finding the right positions to shoot from takes practice. I like to shoot waves from low down and up close, so I’ve been fairly close to losing my drone on a few occasions! With this shot, I was able to capture the beauty of the wave barreling over with the power of it crashing.'

A gallery of all Drone Photo Awards 2021 winners and finalists can be found on their site.

Photo of the Year: 'Pink-Footed Geese Meeting the Winter' by Terje Kolaas

About this Image: Thousands of Pink-footed Geese roost in central Norway in spring, on their way to the breeding grounds on Svalbard in the Arctics. Probably because of climate change, they arrive earlier every year and often the ground and the fields where they feed are covered by snow when they arrive. The geese tend to use the same paths, so when waiting for them in the air with a drone, photos like this one are possible.

1st Classified, Sport: 'Gold at the End of the Rainbow' by Phil De Glanville

About this Image: I found gold at the end of this rainbow as surfer, Ollie Henry, escapes a monster wave off the coast of South West Western Australia.

Commended, Sport: 'Light Athletics' by Zdeněk Vošický

About this Image: It took me several attempts to make this image. The first element was the black-and-white shot, which makes the lines of the tracks stand out and suppresses any distractions, up to the final image.

1st Classified, Urban: 'Metaphorical Statement About City and Winter' by Sergei Poletaev

About this Image: A 500-year-old monastery in the Moscow region and a large power plant in the background. The steam from the cooling towers is particularly dense due to severe frost.

Runner Up, Urban: 'The Kingdom Centre' by George Steinmetz

About this Image: Standing 992 feet high, the Kingdom Centre was the tallest skyscraper in Saudi Arabia when completed in 2002—and is considered only the second to have been built in the country—but is now 5th on the list.

Highly Commended, Wildlife: 'Polar Bear Hunting' by Florian Ledoux

About this Image: Polar bear hunting seal from an iceberg in Svalbard during the summer while the sea ice is gone all the way north to 83°N.

Commended, People: 'Red Chillies Harvesting' by Md Tanveer Hassan Rohan

About this Image: Women were shorting dry red chillies in a red chili pepper dry factory to preserve them . They get nearly $2 ( 160 BDT) after 10 hours of work and in some places they get less than this amount. Bogura's chillies are famous around the country.

Commended, People: 'Basket Crops on the Cliff' by Minqiang Lu

About this Image: Every autumn the red hawthorns are harvested. The villagers put the sliced hawthorn to dry on the cliff, which becomes a unique scenery in South Taihang. The ripe hawthorn not only brings the joy of harvest to the villagers, but also brings the gorgeous colors of Taihang Mountain.

1st Classified, Nature: 'Extragalactic' by Martin Sanchez

About this Image: The intense and glorious moments during an erupting volcano with an exclusive view from the inside. Captured in Iceland.

Highly Commended, Nature: 'Camel Shadows at Sunset' by Jim Picôt

About this Image: Flying the drone over the ocean, I spotted the approaching Camels, with human guests on board, and noticed the beautiful light, and shadows, and also the eloquent wave patterns on the shoreline.

Highly Commended, Abstract: 'Duoyishu Terraces' by Ran Tian

About this Image: A spectacular aerial view of the famous Duoyishu terraces where rice is grown. The shades of colors of the different levels of the rice fields create a unique effect.

Commended, Abstract: 'No Stress' by Zsolt Ódor

About this Image: Lonely dog sleeping on the beach under the sun shades. It is very typical situation on this beach. It was beautiful from above.

Commended, Wedding: 'First Meet' by Shinichi Shimomiya

About this Image: The wedding in Corona is over. The two fought without losing. I vowed to love each other. The moment I saw it for the first time. The sound of loud waves celebrated them.