50 Best Drone Pictures Of Last Year Have Been Announced By Dronestagram, And Theyre Breathtaking

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 Bored Panda. “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 Bored Panda 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 Lion Vs Drone By Bachirm

#4 A Face In The Grain Field, Germany Photographersworld

#5 Fall In Love By Zekedrone

This is my second annual exploration of the beautiful colors in the east coast USA

#6 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!

#7 In The Middle Of The Winter Forest By Photographersworld

#8 A Collapsed Truck In Russia By Drone Nest

Saw this truck resting in such way near my house and hurried for my drone to capture this moment

#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 Hon Khoi Salt Field, Vietnam By Trung Pham

#11 On The Nhu Y River By Tuan Nguyen

On the Nhu Y river in Hue City, Vietnam. The girls in Ao Dai dresses (traditional dresses) were releasing the floating candles on the river to pray for peace and happiness. This is the spiritual culture longstanding in Vietnam

#12 Al Qudra Desert, United Arab Emirates By Whosane

#13 Cote Rocheuse By Dronecopters

#14 Lightning Over Kuala Lumpur By Pete Demarco

#15 Harvesting Grass By Tuan Nguyen

Farmers are harvesting grass in the big water season

#16 Fish shaped island in Croatia By Milan Photo

Fish shaped island is the inspiration for the logo of Brijuni National park, which was formerly Tito’s holyday playground. Gaz island, Brijuni NP, Adriatic Sea, Croatia

#17 The Red Umbrella By Caesarpmr

#18 Les 3 Volcans By Dronecopters

#19 Shot Over The Infamous Half Desert Road In Dubai By Whosane

#20 Reynisdrangar By Balazs3

Iceland’s South Coast

#21 Sheep Herding By Photographersworld

#22 Brighton Pier By Lukemaximobell

#23 Laguna De Cotacotani By Alex Mimo

Parinacota and Pomerape volcanoes in the coming sunset light. Vertical drone pano. Lauca National Park, Chile

#24 Between Two Worlds By Thedon

#25 Black Sand Beach By Balazs3

Waves crashing at Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

#26 Winter Ice By Photographersworld

#27 Fairy Forest By Thedon

#28 The Outskirts Of A Town Called Dorothy In Alberta, Canada By Justen Soule

#29 Harvesting Shrimp On The Sea By Tuan Nguyen

Harvesting shrimp on the sea in Phu Yen, Vietnam. These shrimp are mainly used in processing shrimp paste. A delicious and traditional Vietnamese food

#30 A New Bridge In Ukraine By Maxwebb

#31 Three Figures In The Jordan Desert Near Wadi Rum By Kolibik-Foto

#32 A Football Pitch In The Middle Of The Jabal Mountains In Oman By Kolibik-Foto

#33 Rural Ice Hockey In Russia By Maksim Tarasov

#34 Sai Gon By Night By Tuan Nguyen

A corner of Saigon at night. This is the largest and most dynamic city in Vietnam

#35 Harvesting Tea Leaves By Tuan Nguyen

Harvesting tea leaves in Bao Loc, Vietnam. The leaves are harvested early in the morning when the dew still remains on the leaves. It is then put into the factory for processing into tea

#36 Immaculate Landscape By Balazs3

Iceland is a land of beauty as portrayed by this drone shot

#37 Leme Beach, Close To Copacabana Beach, Rio De Janeiro By Americo Vermelho

#38 A Routine Day In Dubai On Sheikh Zayed Road By Bachirm

#39 The Color Changes As A Farmer Prepares A Berry Farm In Early Spring Outside Of Peterborough, Ontario By Justen Soule

#40 Horseshoe Bay Beach By Arnaud

somewhere along the most beautiful beach in Bermuda

#41 One Morning Peacefully By Tuan Nguyen

A family in the ancient imperial city of Hue catch fish in the Ru Cha mangrove forest. This is the picture close, happy common in villages

#42 The Projects In Brooklyn By Sanllacer

#43 Cast A Net By Tuan Nguyen

I saw some fishermen casting their net into a river. This is a profession in longstanding Hue, Vietnam. In the afternoon, if we stroll on the Vy Da bridge, we will see fishermen casting their net on the Nhu Y river

#44 Blue Lagoon By Balazs3

On the way to the Blue Lagoon we stopped, flew the drone, and were rewarded with this unreal view.

#45 An Abandoned Water Park In Dubai By Dxbdrone

#46 Marine Langevin By Dronecopters

#47 The Green Island Of Karadag By Alex Mimo

Drone pano. Koktebel, Crimea

#48 The Best Camping Spot By Balazs3

An aerial perspective of camping in the winter

#49 Creta’s Beach By Matayo

Long exposure done during the sun set

#50 Canoes In The Singapore Reservoirs By John Wong

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