Can you tell what this award-winning image from the Aerial Photographer of the Year contest shows?

Jimmy Nsubuga
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The image from Johan Vandenhecke shows a birdseye view of the Tatacoa desert in Colombia (Picture: Johan Vandenhecke)
The image from Johan Vandenhecke shows a bird's-eye view of the Tatacoa desert in Colombia. (Johan Vandenhecke)

Can you tell what this award-winning image from the Aerial Photographer of the Year 2020 contest shows?

The stunning picture was taken by Johan Vandenhecke and finished top of the abstract category.

It actually shows a bird’s-eye view of the Tatacoa desert in Colombia and is among several images that won a prize at this year’s awards following a jury vote.

Other winners include The Lady Of The Sea, taken by Vietnamese photographer Duy Sinh, which and shows a fishing net thrown from a boat that forms a woman's face.

It took home top prize in the daily life category.

Marc Le Cornu’s photo of the Jersey Airport Rescue & Firefighting Service training on a burning plane (Picture: Marc Le Cornu)
Marc Le Cornu’s photo of the Jersey Airport Rescue & Firefighting Service training on a burning plane. (Marc Le Cornu)
"The Lady of the Sea", a photo taken by Vietnamese photographer Duy Sinh (Picture: Duy Sinh)
The Lady Of The Sea by Vietnamese photographer Duy Sinh. (Duy Sinh)
A cargo ship shot by Russian photographer Alexander Sukharev (Picture: Alexander Sukharev)
A cargo ship shot by Russian photographer Alexander Sukharev. (Alexander Sukharev)

In the documentary category, photographer Marc Le Cornu too first place with a photo of the Jersey Airport Rescue and Firefighting Service training on a burning plane.

In the transportation category, first place went to a photo of a merchant ship navigating in the middle of the ice in the Gulf of Finland, shot by Russian photographer Alexander Sukharev.

But Belgian photographer Sebastien Nagy was crowned overall champion after sweeping three categories – architecture, cityscapes and hotels.

Nagy, from Brussels, whose shot of the colourful roofs of Gran Canaria Island won him the cityscape award, said: “To be named first in a contest where the theme is what we love most, our passion, is incredible and very satisfying!

“This award made me want to test myself in other things and why not, to be able to judge others in my turn one day ;-) .”

The colourful roofs of Gran Canaria Island shot by Sebastien Nagy won the cityscapes category (Picture: Sebastien Nagy)
This image of the colourful roofs of Gran Canaria Island, shot by Sebastien Nagy, won the cityscapes category. (Sebastien Nagy)
Winner of the architecture category photographer Sebastien Nagy portrays an almost abstract cityscape(Picture: Sebastien Nagy)
Sebastien Nagy also won the architecture category. (Sebastien Nagy)
A fishing boat on the Phu Yen coast in Vietnam captured by Thien Nguyen (Picture: Thien Nguyen)
A fishing boat on the Phu Yen coast in Vietnam, captured by Thien Nguyen. (Thien Nguyen)
A drone picture from Khanh Phan shows the harvest in Vietnam (Picture: Khanh Phan)
A drone picture from Khanh Phan shows a harvest in Vietnam. (Khanh Phan)

The awarded photos were selected in a 10-day vote by members of the jury.

The winner was selected on the average of their overall scores and the number of winning photos per photographer in different categories.

Founder of Aerial Photography Awards Christophe Martin added: "For a first edition, the quality and diversity of the awarded photos demonstrates the evolution of aerial photography and the standards it has reached today.

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“Aerial photographers prove their ability to amaze us. New visual writings are being built.

“Thanks to the participants and to the jury, the 22 categories create a panorama of the most exciting aerial photography currently being made.

“This is a unique source of inspiration for photographers, drone pilots, content creators who seek new perspectives.”

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