In a competition by Civil Aviation Authority, hundreds of pilots of drones from across the UK entered photos featuring breathtaking winter scenes, city centres, and coastal views.

Some images were shot in the morning, while others featured snowy backgrounds. Other images focused on landmarks, such as Menai’s suspension bridge and Glenfinnan’s railway viaduct. 

CAA (the regulators of the sky) wants to encourage drone owners to use their planes sensibly and not endanger civil or commercial aviation. 

An expert panel selected four winning images from more than 800 to show what it is possible to do while adhering with the rules. 

Photographs were judged on four criteria: urban day and night, countryside, Christmas, and christmas. 

Andy Wells took the overall winning photo. He flew his drone high above Poole’s roundabout at night. Because of the slow shutter speed, the photo created special effects. The cars left a trail of light as they used the roundabout. The contrast was striking in comparison to the area surrounding it, which had no movement. 

Andy Wells took this photograph of a roundabout in Poole, Dorset at night, showing the dramatic contrast between light and dark areas

Andy Wells captured this photo of the roundabout at Poole in Dorset, night. It shows the stark contrast between dark and light areas.

Normally flying a drone at the end of a runway is prohibited, but Manston Airport in Kent was being used as a massive lorry park. Andy Betts captured this image of the trucks being held before they can make their way to Dover

Normally, a drone is not allowed to fly at the runway’s end. But Manston Airport in Kent was used as an enormous lorry parking lot. Andy Betts captured the image of these trucks as they were being held up before making their way to Dover.

Glen Cairns was in position with his drone when a steam train crossed over the Glenfinnan railway viaduct. He placed his drone far enough away from the viaduct so it was captured in its entirety and with enough elevation to see Loch Shiel in the background. This image won the best rural photograph

Glen Cairns had his drone in place when the steam train crossed Glenfinnan Railway Viduct. His drone was placed far enough from the viaduct to capture the entire scene. He also had enough elevation so that you could see Loch Shiel behind him. This photo won the award for best rural image

Steve Banner's image of Little Haywood, Staffordshire from December whos a train contrasting against the snowy background. It won the best festive photograph

Steve Banner captured Little Haywood in Staffordshire, December 2010. The train contrasts against the snowy background. It was awarded the Best Christmas Photograph

Matt Hoyland flew his drone over the  Menai Strait, North Wales, looking west over the Menai Suspension Bridge over to Anglesea and the Irish Sea showing some menacing looking clouds in the background. This image was selected by members of the NATS, the UK's main air traffic control provider. It will be displayed at several of their key locations

Matt Hoyland flew his drone over the  Menai Strait, North Wales, looking west over the Menai Suspension Bridge over to Anglesea and the Irish Sea showing some menacing looking clouds in the background. Members of the NATS (the UK’s principal air traffic control service provider) selected this image. The image will be placed at key points in the UK’s air traffic control system.

A panel of judges included Sir Stephen Hillier, CAA Chair; Anna Henly (a professional photographer who is also a drone pilot) and Tim Robinson, editor at the Royal Aeronautical Society Aerospace magazine. 

Images were taken from an altitude of below 400 feet. This is the highest limit drones are allowed to fly, without the need for permission from CAA. 

Sir Stephen Hillier, Civil Aviation Authority Chair, said: ‘We’ve had over 800 entries and I’ve been absolutely amazed at the high standards that we have seen. We are proud of what this amazing technology can do. Sponsoring a competition such as this is important because it promotes responsible drone usage and helps ensure drones are fully integrated within our airspace.

Jonathan Nicholson, Assistant Director of Communications at the UK Civil Aviation Authority, said: ‘We’ve been really impressed by the stunning images submitted to the #ShotOnMyDrone competition. This shows how engaged and enthusiastic the community is. We know drones will be a popular way to explore and take photos in the UK. Of course, as this community grows, it’s key is that we continue to make sure that users comply with our Dronecode, wherever they may be flying, to share our airspace safely.’ 

This image was captured by Steve Banner, who won the prize for the best festive photograph

Steve Banner captured this image and won the award for best festive photo 

All of the images were taken at altitudes of below 400ft as that is the maximum limit for a drone without seeking prior permission from the CAA

The images were all taken below 400ft, as this is the highest altitude a drone can fly without permission from CAA.

The CAA want the competition to help promote the responsible use of drones with flyers adhering to the Drone Code

CAA wants the competition to promote responsible drone use with flyers adhering the Drone Code

This image shows the magnificent evening sky above the snowy fields. It was taken by Yasnin Mills and was one of the 800 images submitted for the competition

The image depicts the amazing evening sky over the snowy hills. Yasnin Millers took it and it was among the 800 submitted images for the competition.

Sam Clark took this photograph of an unusual marking in some crops.

Sam Clark snapped this image of an unusual mark in some crops. 

Paul Smith, pictured, placed his drone above the jetty and captured the long shadows from the low sun

Paul Smith captured long shadows of the sun from his drone by placing it above the jetty.

Bill Nicoll captured the image of this valley which had dappled sunlight breaking its way through the clouds above

Bill Nicoll took the photo of the valley that had seen the sun breaking through the clouds. 

Seth Thomas decided to fly his drone above this wintry scene and shoot the photograph straight down through the bare trees

Seth Thomas decided that he would fly his drone over this winter scene, and then shoot the image straight down through the barren trees.

Steve Banner launched his drone above this large tree which appears black in contrast to the snowy ground

Steve Banner flew his drone high above the large tree, which is black in comparison to the white ground.