@borsch's photo 'Soccer in the woods' was voted best in the world of #Autumn2019, awarding the Russian photographer with a $1,000 cash prize: an occasion to look back on the photographer's profile and the story behind his magical winning picture.
#Autumn2019 Hero – Yura Borschev
My photography is all about aerial perspectives and although it started as just a hobby 3 years ago, today it is a big part of my life and has lead to me to work with big brands like Adidas and Nike. Drone photography is my passion, I love shooting both nature and cities from great heights.
#Autumn2019 Hero – Yura Borschev aka @borsch
@borsch's outstanding portfolio on Agora:
I was so happy when I found out the news that I had become the #Autumn2019 Hero, especially with this photo as it is one of my favorites! I would like to thank Agora for their platform for giving photographers the opportunity to win money and recognition for their work!”
#Autumn2019 Hero – Yura Borschev
'Soccer in the woods': #Autumn2019 winner
'Soccer in the woods' by @borsch, #Autumn2019 Hero
“I selected @borsch’s shot as it is such a creative and awesome photo of a such a curious place that could only be appreciated in this way from above. The colors are beautiful and the angle I believe reflects a very modern way of taking pictures which is rarely seen. Congratulations!”
@the.rolling.drone, #Autumn2019 Guest Judge
Discover the 49 other #Autumn2019 finalists:
'Golden Hour Shadows' by @_kennyc_ (UK)
Location: East Keswick, Leeds, UK
I was lucky enough to travel to a number of incredible places in 2018 - Nepal, Switzerland, and Corsica to name a few, but one of the main reasons I love this shot, is because it reminds me of home. I was back home for the weekend to escape the hustle and bustle of London life. Living in London also meant that I rarely had an opportunity to bust out the drone (which was still new to me at the time) so I was eager to get some practise with it. It was a cold, crisp November morning and I took my dog for the usual walk in the nearby fields. There was little to no wind, so I decided to send the Mavic up and get a different perspective to the one I’ve had the hundreds of other times I’ve walked that route. I’d love to say I had planned this shot, but it would be a complete lie. When it comes to drone photography, I find this hard to do seeing as everything looks so different when you’re high in the sky. Even now I’m surprised with what I can capture, part of why I love drones so much. I had however been experimenting with more top down photography at the time, and was absolutely astonished by the shapes and shadows the low morning sun was casting on the very field I was standing in. To me, the field somewhat resembles a canvas, where the houses and trees acting as a frame containing this beautiful piece of art the sun has produced…in other words, they’re some crazy shadows! Looking at this takes me back to that field - the peacefulness of the countryside, my dog, and the clean fresh air (something I wasn’t getting a lot of in London). It takes me back home.
'Untitled' by @anhtrungqng (Vietnam)
Location: Tuyen Lam Lake, Da Lat, Vietnam
When autumn comes, the trees on Tuyen Lam Lake turn yellow in color, creating a beautiful scenery. If I win, I will use some donate for the ferryman, and will take my family out for a nice meal.
'Autumn castle' by @anskar (Germany)
Location: Castle Neuschwanstein, Germany
'Reflection' by @brunocreates (Germany)
Location: a forest near Frankfurt, Germany
One day my niece visited me. I did not want to spend the whole day with her in the apartment, so we went for a walk in the woods. We were able to observe many wonderful works of nature. Among other things, we have discovered this small mushroom family between two tree trunks. I could not help but pull out my phone and take a picture.
'The Maze' by @donaldhyip (Australia)
Location: London, UK
I wanted to create an image that was intriguing, that made the viewer look twice. I found this maze in winter, but returned in autumn to capture the stunning colours. There is a shortcut to the maze - a straight line to the middle, if you’re lazy!
'Yellow leaves path' by @dreher.mj (Germany)
Location: Ammersee Bavaria, Germany
It’s a boat shelter or cabin with a wooden bridge leading to it. It’s quite unique because the beginning of the bridge is framed by bushes and it has a handrail on the right side. I want to transmit a calm state of mind with all the still objects and kind of curiosity what may be behind the door and inside the hut. I would love to have like a collection of all for seasons at this place from the same angle. I am going to follow this plan as soon as I get home again after travelling.
'Another side of autumn' by @drummer_vn (Ukraine)
Location: Vinnytsya, Ukraine
'Autumn split' by @emxpi (France)
'Untitled' by @evablanco (Spain)
Location: Aranjuez, Madrid, Spain
I love animals, happy people and sunsets, so I mixed everything in this picture, running is always a happy action. It was a very funny shooting, Roscón (the dog) was really happy running by the field and he made us smile all the time. If I win, I will invest in more photography equipment to be able to capture better pictures. The equipment doesn't make the photographer, but always helps!
'Slovakia mountains' by @fero.daniskaa (Slovakia)
'Divergent' by @frankseltmann (Germany)
Location: Mount Pfaffenstein, Saxon Switzerland
It looks as a beautiful warm morning, but it was so cold and windy. Round about 2° degrees and 40km/h wind speed made us freeze! I want to show the beauty of nature and how fragile it is. We all together need to protect our beautiful world.
'Fall' by @giza (Albania)
Location: Podujeva, Kosovo
I was enjoying a cup of tea outdoors after a long day taking photos, and after I left the cup for like an 1 minute to look at the photos I had taken that day. When I grabbed the cup back in my hand I saw the fallen leaf inside it, so I decided to take a picture, because it looks really impressive.
'Untitled' by @hardingmicha (Austria)
Location: Upper Austria
I wanted to show just happiness and the feeling of freedom while being outside in nature with all its beautiful autumn colors. We had to take the shot many times to get everything right (the jump and the leaves) and we were quiet in a hurry because the sun was nearly gone and exactly the last take turned out to be this photo, after that the sun already set behind the hills. The leaves are all real (no photoshop!): she had to throw the leaves and jump in a perfect timing.
The leaves are all real (no photoshop or something) she had to throw the leaves and jump in a perfect timing.
'Golden season' by @hoangquocvinh (Vietnam)
Location: Đăk Đoa - Gia Lai, Vietnamd
'Crystal mill at blue hour in fall' by @hugohealy (UK)
'Too cold for a swim, never too cold for a photo' by @iamdronegirl (Russia)
'The time for joy' by @jevgenij (Latvia)
Location: Sigulda, Latvia
I took this photo during a simple family adventure with my friends and their son who absolutely loved the autumn leaves! If I win, I will try to find some really good photoshop courses and buy my wife an ice-cream!
'Autumn' by @jm.boix (Spain)
'Snake Pass' by @jprphotos (UK)
Location: Snake Pass, Peak District , UK
Who doesn't love autumn? So taking the drone up over the misty Peak District was the perfect autumn shot for me!
'High above the trees' by @kveikjan (Germany)
Location: Harz mountain, Germany
Here you can see a small section of the Teufelsmauer, the so-called Hamburger Wappen. It is one of our favorite places in the Harz, because there are so many beautiful perspectives there. The view from the crest in the morning is phenomenal, just as the fog lifts over the fields. Corinna is in the picture on the Hamburg coat of arms, overlooking the valley and enjoys the first rays of sunshine, which rises above the elevation. Even if it looks like you have to climb a lot there: On the other side, small stone steps have hit the rock. In spite of all this, you need a bit of skill and fear of heights is not an advantage, but it is easier than it looks. This picture is for us the epitome of the autumnal morning mood. The warm sunbeams, which, however, meet the cool of the mist. Everything begins to change and you still take every ray of sunshine before it goes into winter.
'Pumpkin time' by @lul_photography (Czech Republic)
'San Francisco Nature!' by @maloptics1976 (USA)
'Morning' by @maungmaunghlaing (Myanmar)
Location: Bagan, Myanmar
The pagodas in Bagan are beautiful, they are the historical pride of Myanmar. If I win, I will donate for the maintenance and development of Bagan.
'Golden moments' by @mbphotography (USA)
Location: Savannah, Georgia, USA
It was very hard to get the shot without any kind of people of cars. And yes, many cars are driving on this dirt road!
'Lost umbrella' by @msubirats (Spain)
'Autumn spider web' by @naturebooth (Germany)
Location: Gütersloh, Germany
These days I go without expectation to certain places that are as unaffected as possible and let them surprise me. This morning it was especially the cobwebs that gathered my attention with their brilliance in the rising sun. The beauty of small things in the nature: a common meadow can be magical if you look closely!
'Autumn food' by @nodar (USA)
'Ave en otoño' by @pabloboguña (Spain)
'Wrong turn' by @panvelvet (USA)
'Great wall of China' by @patriciasoon (Malaysia)
Location: Great Wall of China, Beijing
As the weather cools, the leaves take on glorious gold and red colours that look especially beautiful alongside the Great Wall.
'Sunny autumn' by @phannguyen5285 (Vietnam)
'Mushrooms' by @pixsas (Germany)
Location: Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreis, Germany
I shot this picture in my garden. Autumn is such a beautiful season, there are so many interesting things to photograph!
'Silent morning' by @pokokemoto (Indonesia)
Location: Kingkong hill, East Java, Indonesia
I snapped the misty morning Bromo mountain with framing from santigi tree (phempis acidula). Some friends and I went there on a motorcycle. It was such a cold and crispy morning but it was fine because we got a beautiful scenery in the end!
'Autumn Melaleuca forest' by @ptkhanhhvnh (Vietnam)
'Autumn colors' by @quoclinhvinhnguyen (Vietnam)
Location: Gia lai, Vietnam
This is a picture of my nieces wearing an Ao Dai, Vietnam's iconic traditional dress. I organised this photoshoot to create great memories for my family, especially my grandchildren.
'A creature in autumn dress' by @rasa.vaituleviciene (Lithuania)
'Autumn paths' by @rockmagery (Italy)
Location: Gent, Belgium
One typical thing about autumn are the colours. With this drone shot, I can clearly see spatial pattern and distribution of some trees that have undergone the colour change. And this indications even tell you clearly it is Autumn, especially knowing that they're purely green during summer. I just felt it was one of the good weathers to go try out my drone!
'Autumn flowers' by @rodolfoclautier (El Salvador)
'Vendimia' by @silavario (Spain)
'Saint Petersburg Park' by @stavrosmichos (Germany)
Location: Saint Petersburg, Russia
'Back home' by @stillone (Italy)
Location: Val Brembana, Italy
This place is magical, having arrived at the top you have a beautiful landscape in front of you and the sun is very hot, below is the fog and above an amazing clear sky.
'Italian autumnal dream' by @thenorthernfeel (Spain)
'Sunrise of autumn' by @thetnaing82 (Myanmar)
'Leaf fall' by @tinozavrus (Russia)
Location: Voronezh, Russia
Here's a photo of my little daughter in autumn, expressing the beauty and sadness of the season. To me, my photo is the personification of autumn.
'Wales Road Trip' by @tom.bridges (UK)
'Spreewald Action' by @tommimatz (Germany)
Location: Burg, Spreewald, Germany
Spreewald is a way underrated destination in Germany for outdoor sports and travel. I want to express a feeling of adventure and the pleasure to be tightly connected to the nature. The colors and light in autumn are special: photography at this time of the year is a real pleasure.
'The season of ripe rice on the Mu Cang Chai terraced fields' by @Tuanngocphoto (Vietnam)
Location: Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam
The color of ripe rice, mingling with the colors of the sunset, creates a beautiful autumn color in the northern mountains of Vietnam. If I get to win the $1,000 prize, I will invest in photography equipment and donate some money for ethnic minority children in Northwest Vietnam.
'One step' by @valeriajacksonworld (Russia)
All seasons are beautiful and you can find something in each one. Just open your eyes and you will see the beauty around.
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