The National Geographic magazine and the Dronestagram website have organized the third drone photography awards. Drones are devices which are increasingly captivating users and lovers of photography
They have acquired great renown in recent years. What seemed like a simple toy for entertainment has since become a tool of vital importance for many companies. In fact, we can offer several examples of how drones can be used professionally, including for sending postal services, controlling light pollution and substituting satellites.
But apart from these more professional uses, drones can also serve as devices for capturing images from perspectives we would otherwise be unable to achieve, while also enabling us to control their flight to focus on the objective we wish to photograph. The professionals of the image have discovered new horizons in them as a result of the varied possibilities they provide, obtaining different works which highlight other photographic aspects.
All these developments and the fame these devices have generated have led to thousands of users searching for the best aerial images and, with the above in mind, National Geographic and Dronestagram recently organized the third annual drone photography competition. Users submitted hundreds of images which were judged by popular photography professionals within the corresponding categories. These are some of the results:
- Adventures and sports. The winning image is that of the user known as Maxseigal, with an image of the ascent to Moab Rock (Utah). In it we can appreciate how small human beings are in comparison with the size of the rock and the demands of reaching the peak.
- Nature. The prize-winning image in this category is an aerial view of the Kalbyris Forest in Denmark. The snow, the course of the river and the pine trees provide a beautiful winter view which evokes the Christmas season.
- Travel. The Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi in Umbria (Italy) wins the prize in this category. It is an image which will surprise any photography fan. In it we can see how the basilica appears to float in a dense sea of clouds which transport it through the sky of the Apennine Mountains. An impressive result.
In short, they are different and striking perspectives which provide images impossible for anyone keen on photography to achieve until just a few years ago.