The advancement and ease-of-access of today’s drone technology allows photographers to take to the skies to capture the world in ways never before seen, giving viewers and photographers alike the privilege to look upon the Earth as if they were soaring through the sky themselves.
In celebration of this technological freedom, National Geographic and Dronestagram have teamed up once again to bring us the 3rd annual International Drone Photography Contest. Drone enthusiasts and professional photographers from all over the world submitted over 6,000 stunning aerial images for the contest’s three categories: Travel, Nature/Wildlife, and Sports/Adventure. Dronestagram co-founder Guillaume Jarret offered an explanation of the criteria a photograph must meet to qualify for the contest:
“A good drone photo is a picture that you immediately identify as a drone photo,” he told International Business Times. “It is taken at a low altitude, near the target of the picture, and you must see on the picture that it is impossible it has been taken with another device than a drone. Drones can capture images in places that are impossible to reach with another flying device.”
Below is a collection of this year’s place winners, all of which are remarkably stunning and visually lyrical in their own right. Tree tops, cliffsides, cityscapes and tundras, all captured from a remarkable bird’s-eye perspective as a reminder of how small we are on this planet we call home.
H/T: modern met
3rd Prize Winner – Category Travel: Summer camp of Gran Canaria by Karolis Janulis
3rd Prize Winner – Category Nature Wildlife: Piton de la Fournaise, Volcano by Jonathan Payet
3rd Prize Winner – Category Sports Adventure: Chugach Mountain Range, Alaska by High Angle Shot
2nd Prize Winner – Category Travel: Cable Beach by Todd Kennedy
2nd Prize Winner – Category Nature Wildlife: Swarm of sheep by Szabolcs Ignacz
2nd Prize Winner – Category Sports Adventure: Complejo Acuático Norte de Santander by losmanesdeldrone
1st Prize Winner – Category Travel: Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, Umbria, Italy by fcattuto
1st Prize Winner – Category Nature Wildlife: Kalbyris Forest Denmark by Mbernholdt
1st Prize Winner – Category Sports Adventure: Moab Rock Climbing by Maxseigal