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High Art: The Best of Drone Photography

Drone Photography

In partnership with National Geographic, Dronestagram – the aptly titled version of Instagram for drone enthusiasts – organized its third International Drone Photography Contest, full of contestants with an entirely new standard of engineering their grams: Many location scout on Google Maps, and some monitor the weather – and even volcanic sulfur emissions – all in pursuit of the perfect shot. Six thousand such aerially minded individuals submitted their best images, and nine winners were ultimately selected in categories of nature, adventure, and travel photography, covering everything from Umbrian cloud forms to Australian camels to sunbathers on the coast of Spain. Hover over the highlights, here.

1

Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, Umbria, Italy. Photo by Francisco Cattuto.

2

The Emerald pinewoods in Denmark. Photo by Michael Bernholdt.

3

Climbing in Moab. Photo by Max Seigal.

4

Sheep herd in Romania. Photo by Szabolcs Ignacz.

5

Camels at Cable Beach, Western Australia. Photo by Todd Kennedy.

6

Complejo Acuático Norte de Santander in Colombia. Photo by Juan Pablo Bayona.

7

Piton de la Fournaise volcano in Reunion Island. Photo by Jonathan Payet.

8

Chugach Mountains outside of Cordova, Alaska. Photo by Tj Balon.

9

Playa de Amadores on Gran Canaria Island, Spain. Photo by Karolis Janulis.