Lonely Planet Writer

These award-winning drone photographs are sure to fuel your wanderlust

Travel is all about hitting the pavement and exploring a new destination from the ground – but drone photography can show a different perspective of even the best-known destinations, and can be all it takes to inspire travellers to book that flight.

The 1st prize winner in the nature category shows machinery working in the fields in Provence, France.
The 1st prize winner in the nature category shows machinery working in the fields in Provence, France. Image by jcourtial

That’s where the winners of this year’s Dronestagram’s 4th International Drone Photography Contest come in.

The 2nd prize winner in the nature category, showing a road in Transylvania, Romania.
The 2nd prize winner in the nature category, showing a road in Transylvania, Romania. Image by Calin Stan

Dronestagram is an online social network where users can share their best aerial shots, and as the popularity of drones skyrockets among travellers and photographers, it’s become an amazing way to see images from around the world.

The 3rd place in the nature category shows an ice formation in East Greenland.
The 3rd place in the nature category shows an ice formation in East Greenland. Image by Florian

About 8000 images were submitted in this year’s contest, coming from both professional photographers and amateur drone enthusiasts. Images in the three categories – nature, urban and people – were judged on their creativity, quality and relation to the theme.

The 1st prize winner in the people category, shows a sports field in the USA.
The 1st prize winner in the people category, shows a sports field in the USA. Image by Martin Sanchez

The first prize winner in the nature category is Jerome Courtial, who managed to capture a different view of the easily recognizable lavender fields of Provence, France, showing a tractor carving its way through the fields.

The 2nd prize winner in the people category was taken in Vietnam.
The 2nd prize winner in the people category was taken in Vietnam. Image by helios1412

In second place was Calin Stan, a photographer who photographed a tree-lined road winding through Transylvania, Romania, and in third place was Florian Ledoux, who photographed an incredible ice formation in Greenland.

The 3rd place winner in the people category shows La Vijanera, Spain.
The 3rd place winner in the people category shows La Vijanera, Spain. Image by feelingmovie

Martin Sanchez took first place in the people category for an image he shot after noticing an empty tennis court in New Jersey.

The 1st prize winner in the urban category depicts Dubai from above.
The 1st prize winner in the urban category depicts Dubai from above. Image by Bachirm

The second place image depicts a person wading through the waterlilies in Vietnam, while the third shows the Spanish winter carnival of La Vijanera in Cantabria.

The 2nd prize winner in the urban category shows a tower in Russia.
The 2nd prize winner in the urban category shows a tower in Russia. Image by Alexeygo

When it comes to capturing urban environments, Bachir Moukarzel came in first place, with a stunning shot of the sky-scraping buildings of Dubai.

The 3rd prize winner in the urban category shows Madrid from above.
The 3rd prize winner in the urban category shows Madrid from above. Image by luckydron

The second place photo shows industrial climbers cleaning a building in Moscow, while the third place image shows off some symmetry in Madrid.