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International Drone Photography Contest winners

Drone photography is becoming more and more popular each passing year, and so are the photo contests dedicated exclusively to this very modern and very recent medium. Dronestagram, a French-based community where drone enthusiasts can post their photos and share comments and opinions, has just announced the winners of one of such contests, its fifth International Drone Photography Contest.

The organisers of the contest declare themselves very proud of their community, and Dronestagram’s founder Eric Dupin said that “the unique worldview allowed by drones continues to make us dream”.

If you’d like to have a look at the world from a drone’s vantage point of view, you can find the winning photos and some more of the entries in the gallery down below, while you can find more drone content at Dronestagram’s Instagram page here.

This shot titled “Hungry Hippos”, capturing a group of hippos bathing around Sirare, in Tanzania, was the winner of the first prize. Its author, who goes by the username zekedrone, said that this “giant hippo party was the highlight of [his] trip”. Image by zekedrone/Dronestagram
This shot titled “Hungry Hippos”, capturing a group of hippos bathing around Sirare, in Tanzania, was the winner of the first prize. Its author, who goes by the username zekedrone, said that this “giant hippo party was the highlight of [his] trip”. Image by zekedrone/Dronestagram
Second place went to “Fishing Net in Vietnam” by Trung Pham. From an aerial point of view, the net spreading out under the boat looks like something unique and almost alien. Image by Trung Pham/Dronestagram
Second place went to “Fishing Net in Vietnam” by Trung Pham. From an aerial point of view, the net spreading out under the boat looks like something unique and almost alien. Image by Trung Pham/Dronestagram
“2 People, 2 Dogs & 4 Shadows” was the image that won third place, clicked by user qliebin on the shores of the Black Sea, in Odessa, Ukraine. Image by qliebin/Dronestagram
“2 People, 2 Dogs & 4 Shadows” was the image that won third place, clicked by user qliebin on the shores of the Black Sea, in Odessa, Ukraine. Image by qliebin/Dronestagram
Photographer Maksim Tarasov took the picture of this “Sunset” painting just the top of this mountain a bright orange in Iceland. Image by Maksim Tarasov/Dronestagram
Photographer Maksim Tarasov took the picture of this “Sunset” painting just the top of this mountain a bright orange in Iceland. Image by Maksim Tarasov/Dronestagram
“Where the muddy river meets the ocean” was taken by user JGalamba in Dili, the capital of Timor Est. “The first rains of the year make the rivers start flowing again, bringing to the ocean the mud from the mountains,” he explained. “The water is then clearly separated in two, the brownish muddy river water on one side and the deep blue ocean water on the other”. Image by JGalamba/Dronestagram
“Where the muddy river meets the ocean” was taken by user JGalamba in Dili, the capital of Timor Est. “The first rains of the year make the rivers start flowing again, bringing to the ocean the mud from the mountains,” he explained. “The water is then clearly separated in two, the brownish muddy river water on one side and the deep blue ocean water on the other”. Image by JGalamba/Dronestagram
User mackbookboy captured this particular camouflage roof, aptly named “Camo Top”, in the MacRitchie Reservoir Park of Singapore. Image by macbookboy/Dronestagram
User mackbookboy captured this particular camouflage roof, aptly named “Camo Top”, in the MacRitchie Reservoir Park of Singapore. Image by macbookboy/Dronestagram
These “Mother and Baby” Southern Right whales were photographed by LukeMaximoBell off the shore of Cape Town in South Africa. Image by LukeMaximoBell/Dronestagram
These “Mother and Baby” Southern Right whales were photographed by LukeMaximoBell off the shore of Cape Town in South Africa. Image by LukeMaximoBell/Dronestagram
Florian Ledoux took this shot of a “Climate Refugee”, a polar bear, off the shore of Baffin Island in Canada. “Polar bears are among the first refugees of climate change,” he said. Image by Florian Ledoux/Dronestagram
Florian Ledoux took this shot of a “Climate Refugee”, a polar bear, off the shore of Baffin Island in Canada. “Polar bears are among the first refugees of climate change,” he said. Image by Florian Ledoux/Dronestagram