The winners of Dronestagram’s annual aerial photography contest have been announced. The competition, run in conjunction with National Geographic, was split across three categories: Nature, Urban and People.
Prizes for the lucky few include three DJI Spark drones, virtual reality headesets and Kodak cameras from offered by sponsors Europ Assistance, Kodak Pixpro, StudioSPORT, Lowepro, Zeinberg & Homido.
In a statement, Dronstagram confirmed that the winning entries will be published in National Geographic:
Pride, that’s what we felt when we met National Geographic for the jury and reviewed the thousands of pictures submitted for this 4th edition in a row. Thank you all for participating! We were stunned by the great quality of the pictures submitted this year. What is most frustrating is that we would have liked reward more than three photos in each category.”
The competition was judged on creativity, photographic quality and respect to one of the three categories by a panel of experts including deputy director of photography at National Geographic Patrick Witty and Emanuela Ascoli, photo editor of National Geographic France.
The winning entries were as follows:
Shot by By jcourtial, this image depicts the summer harvest of the lavender in Provence, France. After winning, he said:
“I went to Valensole hoping to get an original picture rather than the classic view of the sunset in the background. I knew this was the beginning of the harvest season so I hunted down tractors and waited patiently until some started to harvest in a pattern that would create a pleasing composition from above. I just had to start the drone engine and capture the photo against a really strong wind. I thought I would have had a nice picture in the day, but I had no idea this one, in particular, would be so well received. My girlfriend was with me and I must thank her for her patience as we waited quite a long time to find the perfect spot. It has now become my favourite picture ever taken.”
The Last Minute Category: Creativity
The team at Dronestagram was so overwhelmed by entries that it decided to award aerial photographers in a new category: Creativity. Some of the winners were…
This image from macareuxprod, announcing the impending arrival of a new child with this unique image.
And this photo of two cows taking a drink in South Africa, by LukeMaximoBell.
Our Personal Favorite
Infinite Road to Transylvania, bBy Calin Stan, which came 2nd in the Nature category.