Winners of the first annual Aerial Photography Awards revealed
The winner of the first annual Aerial Photography Awards has been named as Sebastien Nagy, from Belgium, who took out the title of Aerial Photographer of the Year 2020. Nagy also won the Architecture category, as well as being recognised in a number of other categories. The focus of his winning images has been aerial photography of the rooftops of the city of Brussels. This is the first photographic competition that Nagy has entered.
Receiving thousands of entries from photographers from 65 countries, entrants were invited to submit their best images captured using drones, helicopters, kites, balloons, or airplanes, in the hope of taking sharing in the US$10,000 prize pool. The overall winner took home US$2,000. The jury awarded 106 photos in 22 categories and 11 photographers in the six master categories.
Australian photogapher Brad Walls won the Sport category and placed second in the People category.
The awarded photos were selected through a 10-day vote by the members of the Jury. In order to elect the "Aerial Photographer of the Year 2020", the photographer was selected on the average of the overall scores and the number of winning photos per photographer in different categories.
The Jury includes Jeffrey Milstein who has exhibited in many museums and galleries around the world, Daniel Beltrá, winner of numerous prestigious photography awards, Dirk Dallas, seen as an early leader of the drone movement, Alex MacLean, author/co-author of thirteen books, Benjamin Grant, creator of the popular Instagram feed Daily Overview, Peter Essick, named Named one of the 40 most influential nature photographers in the world, Florian Ledoux, whose work is recognized by international conservation organisms, Hulia Boz, Aussie photographer who has recently held an exhibition in New York, Abstract Aerial Art, two brothers dedicated to taking bizarre aerial images around the world, Noura Al Murr Al Neyadi, who started photography at the age of 11, Costas Spathis, a Greek aerial photographer widely followed on Instagram as well as Elena Buenrostro, pilot, trainer and leader of the Women Who Drone movement.
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