The best drone photos out there just keep getting better and better.
Drone photography site Dronestagr.am announced the winners of its third annual International Drone Photography Contest.
Thousands of entries were submitted from everywhere in the world by both amateur and professional photographers.
The competition was judged on creativity and photographic quality by a panel of experts including National Geographic Deputy Director Patrick Witty as well as Emanuela Ascoli, Photo editor of National Geographic France and Dronestagram.
It’s crazy to see how much more intense the competition has gotten over the past few years. I love the shot “Moab Rock Climbing” by Maxseigal; I’m a rock climber myself and no how hard it is to master rock climbing photography, so it’s even more of a feat to do it with a drone.
Here are all the winners, and their winning drone photos:
Best Drone Travel Photography
1st Prize Winner – Category Travel: Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, Umbria, Italy by fcattuto
2016 was the year of the drone at the Bay Area Maker Faire.
From the moment you walked in there was a huge drone tent filled with Aerial Sports League’s drone racing. In the back, there was a huge caged stage surrounding by fans watching drone combat.
With drone combat, two drones fight head to head in an arena with a goal of knocking the opponent’s drone to the floor while avoiding your own drone hitting the floor. Drones are creative engineered for defense and offensive, with cages around them for protection, or air shooters to blast nets at opposing drones.
Pictured above is the year’s overall top photo, called “Surge,” and shot by Kirk Hille. Ken Geiger, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and a SkyPixel competition judge, said “Surge” offered “a unique viewpoint, lovely color and composition” and “made an emotional connection with me, making me wish to be part of the scene,” according to DJI.
Here are 5 stellar photos shot on a drone. This post’s theme? All the photos were taken by female pilots. They made some pretty bold images!
1. Bliss Dance
This photo by Stacy Garlington captures an aerial view of “Bliss Dance” a 40ft. tall sculpture by artist Marco Cochran that stands on Treasure Island’s Great Lawn in San Francisco, Ca. Garlington captured this photo from above using her DJI Phantom 2 Vision + drone.
2. Happy in the Air
3. Lightning over Trinity
ASGaerial‘s Jessika Farrar got the timing just write on this image of lighting striking in Trinity, Florida.
4. Corte Chica
This photo was taken by Loretta Alkalay in the Florida Keys. She claims to be “just a beginner,” but we beg to differ.
Snow overload? Ready for summer already? Hold off! These snow pictures will make you feel better about the winter weather. The best part? They were all shot with a drone! Here are my top pictures of the week, taken with a drone!
Below is my top pick for Drone Snow photo, taken by DroneFlyer. Check out their website for tons more exceptional photos!
Davis Hunt, owner of ViewPoint Aviation, sent over these pictures he took with his DJI Phantom, flying over Lake Cochituate. See the complete set of his photos on his blog here.
This fantastic photo came from Flickr member LizardOne.