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.
That’s where the winners of this year’s Dronestagram’s 4th International Drone Photography Contest come in.
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.
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 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.
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.
Martin Sanchez took first place in the people category for an image he shot after noticing an empty tennis court in New Jersey.
When it comes to capturing urban environments, Bachir Moukarzel came in first place, with a stunning shot of the sky-scraping buildings of Dubai.