A total solar eclipse crossed the United States on Monday, bringing people outside in full force to watch the historic event.
Also out in full force? The drones.
Many drone pilots put their drones in the skies to document the first total solar eclipse to cross the nation since 1918, which carved a “path of totality” from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina.
Dronestagram just announced the winners of its fourth annual drone photo contest in partnership with National Geographic, and the images are more stunning than ever.
There were three photo categories: nature, urban and people, and the contest received thousands of entries from professional and amateur photographers around the world. The contest also announced a bonus round of winners in what they dubbed the “creative category.”
SkyPixel, a drone photo-sharing community operated in partnership with DJI, has announced the winners of its latest drone photography contest. The contest drew in more than 27,000 entries from 131 countries.
Ge Zheng won the 2016 SkyPixel Photo of the Year with this photo titled, “Fishermen close the net,” which was shot in Fujian Province in China. Here’s that image:
The winning photos were selected by a jury of photographers, including photojournalists from Time and Conde Nast Traveler.
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.