Rising Above the Competition

From a fog-shrouded city to nail-biting mountaineering, the spectacular winning entries for this year’s ‘Dronestagram’ contest

When it comes to photography, they truly are high-flyers.

Drone-operating photographers submitted over 6,000 images to the third Dronestagram contest – and the winning entries, as you can see from this MailOnline article, truly are on another level.

The drone’s-eye-view shots were submitted to three categories – travel, nature and wildlife, and sports and adventure – and include a stunning image of the Basilica of Saint Francis in Italy surrounded by fog, a mesmerising overhead shot of a camel tour in Australia and a breath-taking snap of a fiery volcano in the Indian Ocean produced by the photographer pointing the lens right into the cone.

Claiming the top spot in the sports and adventure category is a nail-biting image of a rock climber 400ft high in Moab, Utah, shot by photographer Max Seigal.

He said: ‘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. Using the drone, I was able to capture images that would have never been possible before!’

Dronestagram, supported by National Geographic, was one of the first social networks dedicated to aerial photography and boasts tens of thousands of followers. All winners in the competition will be published in the National Geographic magazine. 

First place, travel: Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi in  Italy was captured in this mesmerising shot on a foggy day just after Christmas by Francesco Cattuto. The photographer had gone on a walk with his girlfriend and was astonished when he saw the results of this drone shot

First place, travel: Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi in Italy was captured in this mesmerising shot on a foggy day just after Christmas by Francesco Cattuto. The photographer had gone on a walk with his girlfriend and was astonished when he saw the results of this drone shot

Second place, travel: This spectacular camel tour was snapped at sunset by honeymooner Todd Kennedy in Cable Beach, Australia

Second place, travel: This spectacular camel tour was snapped at sunset by honeymooner Todd Kennedy in Cable Beach, Australia

Third place, travel: While on a visit to Gran Canaria Island, aerial photographer Karolis Janulis captured a shot of the colourful Playa de Amadores

Third place, travel: While on a visit to Gran Canaria Island, aerial photographer Karolis Janulis captured a shot of the colourful Playa de Amadores

First place, nature and wildlife: Aerial photographer Michael Bernholdt took this photo of Demark’s Kalbyris Forest with his Phantom 3 

First place, nature and wildlife: Aerial photographer Michael Bernholdt took this photo of Demark’s Kalbyris Forest with his Phantom 3

Second place, nature and wildlife: Szabolcs Ignacz captured  a flock of sheep on the move  in Marpod, Romania

Second place, nature and wildlife: Szabolcs Ignacz captured a flock of sheep on the move in Marpod, Romania

Third place, nature and wildlife: Photographer  Jonathan Payet needed a mask to take this image above the Piton de la Fournaise volcano on Réunion island in the Indian Ocean, due to the sulfur present

Third place, nature and wildlife: Photographer Jonathan Payet needed a mask to take this image above the Piton de la Fournaise volcano on Réunion island in the Indian Ocean, due to the sulfur present

First place, sports and adventure: Claiming the top spot of the category was a nail-biting image of a rock climber 400ft high in Moab, Utah, shot by photographer Max Seigal

First place, sports and adventure: Claiming the top spot of the category was a nail-biting image of a rock climber 400ft high in Moab, Utah, shot by photographer Max Seigal

Second place, sports and adventure: Juan Pablo Bayona was covering a competition in Cúcuta, Colombia, when he decided to try something different and photograph the swimmers from above. The result was spellbinding

Second place, sports and adventure: Juan Pablo Bayona was covering a competition in Cúcuta, Colombia, when he decided to try something different and photograph the swimmers from above. The result was spellbinding

Third place, sports and adventure: This incredible image shows photographer Tj Balon's friend as he snowboarded through powder in Cordova, Alaska

Third place, sports and adventure: This incredible image shows photographer Tj Balon’s friend as he snowboarded through powder in Cordova, Alaska

 

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