When the drone rose above the clouds the view was spectacular

We reveal the photographers who are taking to the skies for the perfect shot

Dronestagram and National Geographic joined together to launch the 3rd International Drone photography contest. Here the winning photographers talk about how they managed to get that perfect shot.


Kalbyris Forest, Denmark

By Michael Bernholdt

‘Emerald’ is the very first series of pictures I took with my Phantom 3. Until then I hadn’t had been able to fly it that much due to Denmark’s terrible winter weather. However,  I had been spending hours on Google maps trying to locate interesting patterns and places. I already had a pretty good idea about what I should expect when I arrived at the location. To my luck it had snowed all day so the pine forest really stood out.


Targu Secuiesc, Romania

By Szabolcs Ignacz

I wanted to present traditional Romania in its full beauty. We were travelling by car and I spotted the herd of sheep. I did a quick setup and in under two minutes I was ready to fly. The sheep herd had a really unique formation, so I took the shot. There’s nothing more beautiful than Mother Nature!

2nd Prize Winner category Nature_Wildife Swarm by Szabolcs Ignacz


Piton De La Fournaise Volcano, Reunion Island

By Jonathan Payet

This picture was very difficult to catch because of ascending hot-air and 50km/h wind. There was also sulphur next to the volcano so I had to wear a mask while piloting the drone. The picture was taken after the sunrise, at five degrees and as it’s the most active volcano in the world, I made sure that I got all the authorisations I needed from the authorities.

3rd Prize Winner category Nature_Wildlife Piton de la fournaise, Volcano by Jonathan Payet


Moab, Utah, USA

By Max Seigal

I spent the day filming a couple friends of mine who were trying to put up a first ascent on some epic climbing routes in the desert. We hiked for miles looking for the perfect line, and then we spotted this amazing crack that was about 400 feet off the ground. Using the drone, I was able to capture images that would have never been possible before. I started flying drones two years ago and I quickly realised their potential to capture stunning views. I’ve been hooked ever since.

1st Prize Winner category Sport_ Adventure Moab by Maxseigal


Norte De Santander, Colombia

By Juan Pablo Bayona

I work as a photojournalist in the local newspaper, La Opinión and I was assigned the task of taking a picture of the swimming competition, which were held in the city. But instead of taking the same photo as always, it occurred to me to fly my drone to try to achieve something different. The result, was an overhead photo of the athletes warming up before the competition.

2nd Prize Winner category Sport_Adventure Complejo Acuático Norte de Santander by losmanesdeldrone


Chugach Mountain Range, Alaska

By TJ Balon

This picture was taken in the Chugach Mountain Range outside of Cordova, Alaska. Its subject is my friend and guide Jason Bilek. We had flown to the top of the run by helicopter. This shot was done with a Phantom because it the most convenient one to get out into the mountains in a back pack. I have travelled with the drones to Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia. They all have amazing sights to see from the air but Alaska truly holds my heart.

3rd Prize Winner category Sport_Adventure Chugach Mountain Range, Alaska by High Angle Shot


Basilica Of Saint Francis Of Assisi, Umbria, Italy

By Francisco Cattuto

My girlfriend and I decided to go for a walk in my home town of Assisi. It was a foggy day, but I decided to see what I could shoot with my drone. When the drone rose above the clouds the view was spectacular. I had the time to take some shots the cloud got higher hiding everything.

1st Prize Winner category Travel Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, Umbria, Italy by fcattuto


Cable Beach, Western Australia

By Todd Kennedy

This image was captured while honeymooning at Cable Beach, Western Australia. We rented a 4WD and drove 8,000 klms around outback Australia with a drone included in our luggage. When we arrived in Broome, we booked a sunset camel tour which was a beautiful experience, and a great opportunity to get a new addition to a series of shadow images I have been collecting since starting drone photography.

Drone photo of Camels on Cable Beach by Todd Kennedy


Playa De Amadores, Gran Canaria

By Karolis Janulis

In February I enjoyed a road trip around sunny Gran Canaria and I had the chance to capture some aerial shots of one of the most amazing beaches in the world – Playa de Amadores.  I enjoy flying in my homeland of Lithuania as we have all four, very well expressed, seasons of the year, which awards us with beautiful colours and shapes.

3rd Prize winner category Travel, Summer camp, Gran Canaria by Karolis Janulis



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