The standard is sky high at the Drone Awards 2020, one of the world’s foremost aerial photography contests. This year a photo entitled ‘Love Heart of Nature’ scooped the overall prize, depicting a shoal of salmon in the shape of a heart, with a solitary shark swimming in its midst.

Organisers received submissions from 126 countries, but only 45 photos earned awards and commendations across the nine categories, which include Nature, Cities, and Life during Covid-19.

For modern photography the sky’s the limit, as these winning images show…

‘Love Heart of Nature’ by Jim Picot – Avoca Beach, Australia

(Jim Picot/2020 Drone Photo Awards/PA)

‘Alien Structure on Earth’ by Tomasz Kowalski – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

(Tomasz Kowalski/2020 Drone Photo Awards/PA)

‘Where Herons Live’ by Dmitrii Viliunov – Russia

(Dmitrii Viliunov/2020 Drone Photo Awards/PA)

‘Gray Whale Plays Pushing Tourists’ by Joseph Cheires – Baja California, Mexico

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‘Panecillo’ by Victor Vargas – Quito, Ecuador

(Victor Vargas/2020 Drone Photo Awards/PA)

‘Homecoming’ by Mehmet Aslan – Turkey

(Mehmet Aslan/2020 Drone Photo Awards/PA)

‘Polar Plunge’ by Jenny Wong – Baffin Island, Canada

(Jenny Wong/2020 Drone Photo Awards/PA)

‘Heart of Warsaw’ by Rafal Ganowski – Warsaw, Poland 

(Rafal Ganowski/2020 Drone Photo Awards/PA)

‘Bouncing Waves’ by Ignacio Medem – Asturias, Spain

(Ignacio Medem/2020 Drone Photo Awards/PA)

‘Ring of Crocodiles’ by Adnan Asif – Bangladesh

(Adnan Asif/2020 Drone Photo Awards/PA)

‘Lonely Guardian’ by Mauro Pagliai – Siena, Italy

(Mauro Pagliai/2020 Drone Photo Awards/PA)

‘Lonely Road’ by Hong Jen Chiang – Iceland

(Hong Jen Chiang/2020 Drone Photo Awards/PA)

‘Forest Path’ by Mehmet Aslan – Turkey

(Mehmet Aslan/2020 Drone Photo Awards/PA)

‘Dubai Marina’ by Carmine Chiriaco – Dubai, UAE

(Carmine Chiriaco/2020 Drone Photo Awards/PA)

‘Grafarkirkja’ by Deryk Baumgartner – Grof, Iceland

(Deryk Baumgartner/2020 Drone Photo Awards/PA)

‘Angry Seagull’ by Alvise Bagagiolo – Chioggia, Italy

(Alvise Bagagiolo/2020 Drone Photo Awards/PA)

‘Circling’ by Philip Gunkel – Brandenburg, Germany

(Philip Gunkel/2020 Drone Photo Awards/PA)

‘Whale In Distress’ by Tony Hewitt – Shark Bay, Australia

(Tony Hewitt/2020 Drone Photo Awards/PA)

‘Corona’ by Levent Ates – Konya, Turkey

(Levent Ates/2020 Drone Photo Awards/PA)

‘The Island’ by Pawel Zygmunt – The Faroe Islands

(Pawel Zygmunt/2020 Drone Photo Awards/PA)