The fifth annual Dronestagram photo contest has recently taken place, with the winners just announced. Using drones to capture our planet from new and unique perspectives, the competition attracts thousands of entries from all over the world, showcasing the very best of drone photography.
This year’s first prize winner was Hungry Hippos by zekedrone, an atmospheric shot taken at a low altitude, showing a bloat of hippos hanging out happily together in some muddy water. With the quality of entries at an all-time high and covering a variety of categories including urban, nature, people and creative, the judges faced some difficult decisions. “We were 6 of us to work out the best photos,” Eric from Dronestagram told Apegeo. “It wasn’t easy because we received several thousand of them so you have to be very organized to choose the best ones.”
“A good drone picture must have a strong verticality and also show scenes close up, from a view that can only be taken by a drone. Then it must be artistic in its approach and style and if possible show life with humans or animals.”
If you are thinking of joining in on this flourishing new genre of photography, make sure to know the local rules and regulations about flying drones in the area, drones have gotten a fair bit of negative media coverage lately after they were used to cause havoc at British airports. Eric has some advice for novices to drone photography. “First learn to fly a drone and master it perfectly before moving on to shooting,” he told us. “You can learn and train with a small and robust $50 drone, then once you know how to fly it, invest in a good camera drone. Try to fly in the countryside, and respect the local rules and laws!”
Just like last year, we here at Apegeo have selected a list of our favorite finalists from the contest, which you can check out yourself below. Which one did you like best? Let us know in the comments!
#1 Second Place Winner. Fishing Boat In Vietnam By Trung Pham
The fishing net in the sea, viewed from aerial
#2 Third Place Winner. 2 Dogs, 2 People And 4 Shadows By Qliebin
People, dogs and shadows on Black sea beach
#3 Fall In Love By Zekedrone
This is my second annual exploration of the beautiful colors in the east coast USA
#4 Lion Vs Drone By Bachirm
#5 A Face In The Grain Field, Germany Photographersworld
#6 In The Middle Of The Winter Forest By Photographersworld
#7 Hon Khoi Salt Field, Vietnam By Trung Pham
#8 First Place Winner. Bathing Hippos In Tanzania By Zekedrone
This by far was the highlight of my trip to Tanzania. I giant hippo party which was super VIP. But I knew exactly how to get in. Something they couldn’t resist. A game of Hungry Hungry Hippos!
#9 Harvest Water Lilies By Tuan Nguyen
Water Lilies are picked early in the morning in rivers, lakes and washed. Then the flowers are brought to market. This is the main income occupation of people in Long An, Vietnam in the high season.
#10 Al Qudra Desert, United Arab Emirates By Whosane