Drone photography and videography are on the rise, thanks to the futuristic gadgets becoming more commercially available. To highlight some of the amazing work produced this year, Dronestagram teamed up with National Geographic, GoPro and more to host the 2015 Drone Aerial Photography Contest.
Professional photographers and amateur drone photo enthusiasts submitted more than 5000 entries from around the world. The competition was judged on creativity and photographic quality by a panel of experts, including Nat Geo photographer Ken Geiger and Jean-Pierre Vrignaud, Editor in Chief of National Geographic France and Dronestagram.
The winners are beautiful, inspiring and a touch vertigo-inducing. See the stunning shots that took the top prizes above.
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1st Prize Winner – Category Places / 1st Prize Winner – Popular Prizes (most liked picture): 'Above the mist' by Ricardo Matiello
1st Prize Winner – Category Nature: 'Snorkeling with sharks' by Tahitiflyshoot
2nd Prize Winner – Category places: 'Mont-Saint-Michel' by Wanaiifilms
2nd Prize Winner – Category Nature: 'La Jolla' by kdilliard
3rd Prize Winner – Category Nature: Lost island, Tahaa, French Polynesia, by Marama Photo Video
1st Prize Winner – Category Dronies: Where’s Wally, Limassol Carnaval, Cyprus by FlyovermediaCy
2nd Prize Winner – Popular Prizes (most liked picture): 'Plovidv by night,' Bulgaria by Ice Fire
3rd Prize Winner – Popular Prizes (most liked picture): Glorieto Rodolfo Sanchez Taboada, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico by Wootsor