The Drone Photo Awards 2021 \u2014 part of the Siena Awards festival of visual arts \u2014 has announced its winners of the international contest of aerial photography and videography. The Drone Photo Awards touts itself as the most important worldwide competition for aerial photography and video. The submissions are judged across nine categories \u2014 \u201cUrban,\u201d \u201cWildlife,\u201d \u201cSport,\u201d \u201cPeople,\u201d \u201cNature,\u201d \u201cAbstract,\u201d \u201cWedding,\u201d \u201cSeries,\u201d and \u201cVideo: General\u201d \u2014 and a single overall winner who receives \u201cPhoto of the Year\u201d title. All winning photographs for this award will also be showcased at the \u201cAbove Us Only Sky\u201d exhibition in Siena, Italy this November. This event is organized alongside the Siena Awards Festival, with an opening reception held for artists and invited media, photo editors, and other industry insiders. In addition to work being exhibited in print and online, each individual drone category winner will receive a \u201cPangea Prize\u201d crystal statuette, while the overall Drone Photographer of the Year will also be awarded photography equipment worth \u20ac500 (about $590). Drone Photographer of the Year The overall winner of the competition this year was awarded to Terje Kolaas, a Norwegian photographer. His photograph shown above, titled \u201cPink-footed Geese Meeting the Winter,\u201d took top honors and was selected from tens of thousands of images submitted by photographers from 102 countries. The winning photograph depicts a flock of thousands of Pink-footed geese \u2014 a migratory breed of geese with breeding grounds in Spitsbergen, Iceland, and Greenland \u2014 flying over snow-covered ground. Urban The first place in the \u201cUrban\u201d category was won by Russian aerial and architecture photographer Sergei Poletaev for his photo, titled \u201cMetaphorical Statement About City and Winter,\u201d which portrays an old monastery near Moscow with a large power plant in the background. Sport The \u201cSport\u201d category was won by Australian photographer Phil De Glanville, who captured a striking rainbow above surfer Ollie Henry who was struggling with a frightening wave. The image, titled \u201cGold at the End of the Rainbow,\u201d was shot off the coast of South West region in Australia. People \u201cFishing in Mangrove Forest,\u201d taken by Vietnamese photographer Trung Pham Huy, won in the \u201cPeople\u201d category. The winter image portrays a fisherman who begins his working day in the mangrove forest of the Tam Giang lagoon, Vietnam. Nature American photographer Martin Sanchez\u2019s inmate \u201cExtragalactic\u201d won in the \u201cNature\u201d category. The photograph was taken in Iceland and captures the extraordinary moments of a volcanic eruption from above, giving viewers a glimpse into the heart of the crater. Abstract The colorful image \u201cPoisoned River,\u201d taken by Romanian photographer Gheorghe Popa, won first place in the \u201cAbstract\u201d category. This photograph is a creative and personal way in which the photographer depicts the natural disaster produced by chemical waste generated by the mining of copper and gold in the Apuseni mountains in Transylvania, a region in central Romania. Wedding Italian photographer Matteo Original won in the \u201cWedding\u201d category with his photograph \u201cTowards the Infinite Together with You.\u201d It shows a married couple hand-in-hand during a late summer evening at sunset in Marina di Pisa, a seaside resort of Tuscany. Wildlife Photographer Qasim Al Farsi from Oman won the \u201cWildlife\u201d category for his aerial photo \u201cBack to Adventure,\u201d which depicts a green turtle ready to return to the water after laying its eggs on the coast of Oman. The photo was taken between Ras Al Jinz, the easternmost point of the Arabian Peninsula, and the Rashad turtle reserve. The final photographic category \u2014 \u201cSeries\u201d \u2014 was won by Pakistani-American photographer Adrees Latif with a sequence of images, titled \u201cBlanketed in Fire Retardant.\u201d That series can be viewed here. His collection of images documents the city of Talent, Oregon, covered in red flame retardant which was dropped by aerial firefighting efforts in hopes of saving the town from the fire. This disaster resulted in three fatalities, caused 3,000 residents to be displaced, and destroyed nearly 3,000 structures over a 9-mile area. The \u201cVideo: General\u201d category awarded first place to Greek photographer Nestoras Kechiagas who creates content under the brand name \u201cINVA+SLA\u201c. His short film \u201cIce Ballet\u201d captures midnight sun in Ilulissat, a coastal town in western Greenland. The full list of winning entries, including runners-up and highly commended submissions, can be viewed on the Drone Awards website. Image credits: All photos individually credited and provided courtesy of the Siena Awards. Header image image by Terje Kolaas.