The winners of the first international drone photography contest, organized by social network Dronestagram, have been revealed!
Launched May 15 in a partnership with National Geographic, it is a successful first edition with over 1500 photos published and a global participation. Winning authors come from Indonesia, Singapore, Mexico, Bulgaria and France.
According to the members of the jury composed by Dronestagram and National Geographic France team, “picking winners was a very difficult task especially because of the great quality of the photos that have been submitted. We tried to reward the photos that show the best the fantastic potential offered by drones in terms of image. “
The “most amazing aerial view” price was won by an Indonesian drone pilot who managed the feat of shooting an eagle in flight. Very pleased to have won the first prize, the author told us the story of this great performance :
“The photo was taken on 2012, we were working on aerial photos for eco-tourism spot at Bali Barat National Park (west Bali, Indonesia) . We were taking vertical aerial photos using autopilot. Suddenly the eagle came and chasing our drones, so I decided to take over and switch to manual control. After few minutes we discovered that the eagle did not attack the drone but chasing and playing with it. So we decided to do manual fliying (with fpv) and make the eagle chase the drone and do maneuver so the eagle positioned just in front our camera. So it just a huge luck and a perfect moment combination.”
This staggering shot – the winner of the competition – was taken over Bali Barat National Park in Indonesia
The arrival of cheap drone technology – and small, light high-quality cameras – has given rise to a new genre of beautiful aerial photography and film-making.
A new competition, sponsored by National Geographic, has highlighted some stunning examples of drone photographs taken in the past year.
The winner of the competition was a stunning view of an eagle soaring high above a national park in Indonesia.
Below are the other winners, as selected by a panel of judges.
More photographs can be seen on Dronestagram, a site dedicated to the images taken in mid-air.
“I was flying in the park one Sunday morning when suddenly people had become really interested with my drone,” says the photographer of this shot which was taken in Manila
The sun setting over the picturesque town of Annecy, south-eastern France
Awards of the most liked photos
As well as the judges’ prizes, awards were also given out for the most popular photographs among visitors to Dronestagram.
The Tamul waterfall in Mexico is famous for not only being enormous – 105m (344 ft) tall – but also for the beautiful crystal-clear water found below it.
South-eastern France again proving to be a popular location for drone photography – this is a shot of the Paroisse Catholique Saint Nazaire, in the small town of Sanary-sur-Mer
A firework display to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of two of Bulgaria’s biggest football teams.