Norway forest drone
The contrasting colors of a Norwegian winter forest are beautifully captured in this scene. (Photo: Atle Goutbeek/SkyPixel)

In celebration of its second anniversary, the aerial photography site SkyPixel has launched a year-end contest to collect and judge the best in drone photography. The campaign, which concludes at the end of December, has resulted in thousands of gorgeous photos from drone enthusiasts all around the world. Last year's grand prize winners were chosen from more than 11,000 entires from 146 countries.

The image above is just one example, showing off a frigid Norwegian forest. "With the evening sun giving a very low color temperature, I set the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced to 3500 Kelvin," explains aerial photographer Atle Goutbeek. "The snow went blue while the treetops were lit by the warm winter evening sun."

The full catalog of submitted entries is available for your viewing pleasure here. See below for some of the current favorites as chosen and captioned by the SkyPixel staff.

Snaking Road Drone
Dracula's castle is well-defended from speeding motorists thanks to this snaking road in Transylvania. (Photo: Calin Stan/SkyPixel)

The true beauty and winding nature of Cheia (DN1A), a road in Romania that leads into Transylvania, can only be shown through aerials as depicted here.

L'Agulhas shipwreck drone
A beautiful sunset shot of a shipwreck off the coast of L'Agulhas in South Africa. (Photo: Dirke Heydenrych/SkyPixel)

A dramatic sunset is the perfect backdrop for this shipwreck off the Cape L’Algulhas headland in South Africa.

Drone spillway
This aerial shot of a spillway in a dam has an otherworldly feel to it. (Photo: dixonltd)

The symmetry of dams is something that can only be appreciated from above.

drone crop triangle
This crop triangle was captured during a drone flight over a farm in South Africa. (Photo: Eddie Oosthuizen/SkyPixel)

Crop irrigation and agriculture can be fascinating visually, as shown here with a barren triangle forming between three crop types planted in a circular motion for efficient irrigation.

camels drone
The larger-than-life shadows of camels are captured in this drone shot above Torud, Iran. (Photo: ABBAS RASTEGAR/SkyPixel)

On a trek to find water, camels cast a long shadow in the sun of the desert.

yacht drone
The glow of a super yacht off the coast of Antalya, Turkey. (Photo: Jeff/SkyPixel)

A stunning private yacht stands out with its lights in the dark waters at night.

WWII aircraft drone
A WWII aircraft captured from above in Minsk, Belarus. (Photo: Salim Madjd/SkyPixel)

A World War II airplane at the outdoor display of the Belarusian Great Patriotic War Museum is caked in snow from a light snowstorm overnight, with a photo taken during "blue hour" in the early morning.

Tree Island
Drone pilot Tomasz Janusz Szeremeta took this photo of a small island in autumn on Czerwona Woda Lake. (Photo: Tomasz Janusz Szeremeta/SkyPixel)

A small island of trees on Czerwona Woda Lake in Zgorzelec, Poland.

Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.