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The Dronestagram 2016 Winners
It is undeniable that drones have added a totally cool extra dimension to photography. Whereas in the past you'd have to get into a chopper or a plane to take a bird's eye view photo, now all you need to do is have a drone, a plan and a good eye.
These are the winners of the 2016 Dronestagram competitio.
All credits go to the photographers mentioned.
First Place, Nature-WildlifeWielding his Phantom 3 drone, Michael Bernholdt took this photo of Demark’s Kalbyris Forest. “To my luck it had snowed all day so that the pine wood really stood out,” he says.MICHAEL B. RASMUSSEN
Second Place, Nature-WildlifeSzabolcs Ignacz spotted this swarm of sheep while traveling down the road in Marpod, Romania. He quickly set up his drone and captured this winning image.SZABOLCS IGNACZ
Third Place, Nature-Wildlife“This picture was very difficult to catch because of ascending hot-air and 50Km/h wind,” writes Jonathan Payet of his photo, taken above the Piton de la Fournaise volcano on Réunion island. “There was also sulfur next to the volcano so I need to have a mask while piloting.”JONATHAN PAYET
First Place, Sports AdventureWhen Max Seigal spied this crack in Moab, Utah, he knew he had to get a shot of it. “Two years ago I started flying drones, and I quickly realized their potential to capture stunning, never before seen views,” he writes. “I've been hooked ever since!”MAX SEIGAL
Second Place, Sports AdventureWhile covering a competition in Cúcuta, Colombia, Juan Pablo Bayona took this photo of swimmers. “Instead of taking the same photo as always, it occurred to me to fly my drone to try to achieve something different,” he says.LOS MANES DEL DRONE
Third Place, Sports AdventureTj Balon took this picture of his friend outside of Cordova, Alaska. “My fingers always get cold while I fly up there but the results are ALWAYS worth it,” he writes.HIGH ANGLE SHOT
First Place, TravelIt was a foggy day after Christmas when Francesco Cattuto went for a walk near the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi in Assisi, Italy. But when he sent his drone above the clouds, “the view was spectacular.”FRANCESCO CATTUTO
Second Place, TravelTodd Kennedy took this photo on his honeymoon in Cable Beach, Australia. When he and his spouse went on a sunset camel tour, he brought his drone and captured it from above.TODD KENNEDY
Third Place, TravelOn a trip to Gran Canaria Island, Karolis Janulis captured a shot “of one of the most amazing beaches in the world—Playa de Amadores.”KAROLIS JANULIS