See the breathtaking winners of the third annual international Dronestagram Competition.


For the third year in a row, the international Dronestagram contest, in collaboration with National Geographic, have recognized outstanding drone photos in this emerging field.

“A great drone picture is a picture that you immediately identify as a drone photo,” says Guillaume Jarret, Dronestagram’s head of marketing and development. “It is taken at a low altitude, near the target of the picture.” If you know what to look for, you can figure out that these pictures couldn’t have “been taken with a device other than a drone.”

Thousands of entries were submitted from everywhere in the world by talented professional photographers and amateur drone photo enthusiasts. The competition was judged on creativity and photographic quality by a panel of experts including National Geographic Deputy Director Patrick Witty as well as Emanuela Ascoli, Photo editor of National Geographic France and Dronestagram. Just 9 photos get selected as winners, the three top images in each category: Travel, Sports and Adventure, and Nature and Wildlife.

These are the winners for this year…

Travel Category

1st Prize Winner – Category Travel: Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, Umbria, Italy by fcattuto


2nd Prize Winner – Category Travel: Cable Beach by Todd Kennedy


3rd Prize Winner – Category Travel: Summer camp of Gran Canaria by Karolis Janulis


Sport Category

1st Prize Winner – Category Sports Adventure: Moab Rock Climbing by Maxseigal


2nd Prize Winner – Category Sports Adventure: Complejo Acuático Norte de Santander by losmanesdeldrone


3rd Prize Winner – Category Sports Adventure: Chugach Mountain Range, Alaska by High Angle Shot


Nature Category

1st Prize Winner – Category Nature Wildlife: Kalbyris forest Denmark by Mbernholdt

A patch of pines in the middle of the forest

2nd Prize Winner – Category Nature Wildlife: Swarm of sheep by Szabolcs Ignacz


3rd Prize Winner – Category Nature Wildlife: Piton de la fournaise, Volcano by Jonathan Payet


[Shared via Dronestagram + National Geographic]