Along with Chinese technology company DJI, aerial photography community SkyPixel held a two-month long global competition, receiving over 27,000 entries from 131 countries around the world.
A judging panel, made up of photojournalists from TIME and Condé Nast Traveler as well as prize-winning photographers, selected the winning photo as well as first, second, and third place winners in three different categories — "beauty," "360," and "drones in use."
It also awarded prizes for the most popular photos, judged by the most "likes" they received on SkyPixel.
Photo of the Year was awarded to "Fishermen close to the net," taken by Ge Zheng in Fujian Province in China. "Reflections, colours, and the unique aerial perspective create a startling composition from netting, poles, and water," according to SkyPixel.
Scroll down to see the 19 drone photos that have been named the most incredible in the world.