Winners of Dronestagram photography contest lift drone photography to beautiful new heights


posted Friday, July 22, 2016 at 4:59 AM EST


Drones have been allowing photographers -- amateur and professional alike -- to capture brilliant, distinct images for years now and naturally there are drone-centric competitions that have been started. Dronestragram just recently announced the winners for their third annual International Drone Photography Contest.

The contest ran from May 30 through June 30 and drew many excellent entries from around the world for three different categories: travel, adventure (sports), and nature (wildlife). I've included a few of my favorite winning images below, but you can see the full gallery of winners by visiting Dronestagram.

In the nature category, the first prize winner was Michael Bernholdt for his image "Kalbyris Forest Denmark." The image, one of the first that Michael captured using his Phantom 3, won Bernholdt a new drone and a print of the winning image from Zeinberg.

"Kalbyris Forest Denmark" by Michael Bernholdt.

First place in the Adventure - Sports category went to Max Seigal for his image "Moab." This breathtaking image was taken from over 400 feet above the ground and is an excellent example of the type of photography that is made possible with drones. Like Bernholdt, Seigal used a DJI drone for the image and is the proud owner of a Phantom 4 (in addition to a Phantom 2 and 3). 

"Moab" by Max Seigal

Francisco Cattuto was crowned champion in the Travel category with an image of the Saint Francis Basilica in Italy rising through a blanket of fog. The image gives DJI a trifecta as it was taken with a Phantom 3.

To see the rest of the award-winning images, be sure to visit Dronestagram. If you have any photos or videos captured with a drone of your own, you should share them on the site and keep your eyes peeled for the fourth annual International Drone Photography Contest next year.

(Seen via Amateur Photographer