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International Drone Photography Contest Winners Capture Incredible Aerial Shots

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International Drone Photography Contest Winners Capture Incredible Aerial Shots

The proliferation of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), better known as drones, has brought an array of issues. Originally designed for military use, drones are now easily accessible at moderate price points that enable just about anyone to become a drone owner.

That’s great because drones are pretty cool, but at the same time, they’re now being seen as toys – which they’re definitely not. Thanks to widespread misuse, drones have a reputation for being creepy, dangerous and annoying.

But here’s a great use for them: aerial photography. Dronestagram, a social network for drone photographers and enthusiasts, held its second annual International Drone Photography Contest. With backing from National Geographic, Kodak, GoPro and other big name sponsors, the contest drew more than 5,000 submissions from around the world; and the winning images are absolutely amazing.

The judges picked the winners in three categories – places, nature and “dronies,” or selfies taken with a drone. There was also a fan vote for a fourth category, “popular.” From hovering over a school of sharks in the clear blue waters of French Polynesia to cruising high above a picturesque patch of mist in Brazil, here are the winning images:



First prize: Ricardo-Matiello, “Above the mist” (Maringá, Paraná, Brazil)


Second prize: Wanaiifilms / Dronestagram (Mont Saint Michel in Normandie, France)


Third prize: / Dronestagram (Tulip Fields in the Netherlands)



First prize: Tahitiflyshoot / Dronestagram (French Polynesia)


Second prize: kdilliard1 / Dronestagram (La Jolla, California)


Third prize: Marama Photo Video / Dronestagram (Lost island, Tahaa, French Polynesia)



First prize: FlyovermediaCy / Dronestagram, “Where’s Wally?” (Limassol Carnaval, Cyprus)



Second prize: Svetlin Marinov / Dronestagram (Plovidv, Bulgaria)


Third prize: Alejandro Ochoa / Dronestagram (Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico)

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