The INSIDER Summary:
- The 2017 International Drone Photography Contest announced its winners.
- Categories include People, Nature, and Urban.
- There’s also a new “Creativity” category that isn’t ranked.
It’s no mystery why photographers around the world rely on drones to capture incredible shots of people, cities, and sweeping landscapes.
Drones take mind-bending photos from perspectives that would be impossible for humans to reach. They show broad, stunning patterns without sacrificing minute details. And they’re super fun to play around with.
Dronestagram, a drone photography sharing website and community, teamed up with National Geographic to pick the 12 best pictures out of thousands of entries.
Here are the best drone photographs of 2017.
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1st place, People: “End of the line” by Martin Sanchez
“Had the idea of shooting this particular performance a while back, but never found the time or place. This was perfect. After a few takes things got a little weird. Two people came by to play some tennis on the other court. Which no one can disagree, normal thing to do on a tennis court. As they got closer they had no idea what was happening on my end. They seemed very confused watching me just lay on the ground and make weird holding positions. They didn’t know whether to play or call for help. When I was all done, I showed them the somewhat final result and both of them said Ohhhh! I get it.” — Martin Sanchez
2nd place, People: “Waterlily” by helios1412
“A woman harvests water lilies in a pond in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.” — helios1412
3rd place, People: “La Vijanera” by feelingmovie
“La Vijanera is a winter carnival that takes place in the town of Silió, in Cantabria (Spain), the first Sunday of each year. This party consists of a group of hunters who want to capture a bear. […] This photo is the end of the party in which the bear is captured.” — feelingmovie