Drones allow photographers to capture images and video from perspectives that would be nearly impossible — or prohibitively expensive — otherwise. Some of the best examples of this type of photography can be found in Dronestagram’s annual contest, which recognizes the most stunning images captured from the skies.

 

<b>3rd Place—Sports</b> "picture was taken in the Chugach Mountain Range outside of Cordova Alaska. Its subject is myfriend and guide Jason Bilek Opening up some turns on a giant mountain face we called Buzzy's. Its about 45-50 degrees and a very fun run. My fingers always get cold while I fly up there but the results are ALWAYS worth it."

“picture was taken in the Chugach Mountain Range outside of Cordova Alaska. Its subject is my friend and guide Jason Bilek Opening up some turns on a giant mountain face we called Buzzy’s. Its about 45-50 degrees and a very fun run. My fingers always get cold while I fly up there but the results are ALWAYS worth it.”

<b>2nd Place—Sports</b> "I work as a photojournalist in the local newspaper, La Opinión, and I was assigned the taskof taking a picture of the swimming competitions , which were held in the city , but instead of taking the same photo as always, it occurred to me to fly my drone to try to achieve something different, the result, an overhead photo of athletes warming up to begin the competitions."

“I work as a photojournalist in the local newspaper, La Opinión, and I was assigned the task of taking a picture of the swimming competitions , which were held in the city , but instead of taking the same photo as always, it occurred to me to fly my drone to try to achieve something different, the result, an overhead photo of athletes warming up to begin the competitions.”

<b>1st Place—Sports</b> "We hiked for miles looking for the perfect line, and thenspotting this amazing crack that was about 400 feet off the ground. Using the drone, I was able to capture images that would have never been possible before!"

“We hiked for miles looking for the perfect line, and then spotting this amazing crack that was about 400 feet off the ground. Using the drone, I was able to capture images that would have never been possible before!”

<b>3rd Place—Nature</b> "This picture was very difficult to catch because off ascending hot-air and 50Km/h wind.There was also sulfur next to the volcano so I need to have a mask while piloting."

“This picture was very difficult to catch because off ascending hot-air and 50Km/h wind. There was also sulfur next to the volcano so I need to have a mask while piloting.”

<b>2nd Place—Nature</b> "We wanted to present the traditional Romania inits full beauty. We were travelling by car and suddenly along the road from the distance I've spotted the sheep herd. 99% of the time I'm travelling with my drone."

We wanted to present the traditional Romania in its full beauty. We were travelling by car and suddenly along the road from the distance I’ve spotted the sheep herd. 99% of the time I’m travelling with my drone.”

<b>1st Place—Nature</b> "I had been spending hours on Google maps, in satellite mode, trying to locate interestingpatterns and places. I all ready had a pretty good idea about what I should expect when I arrived at the location. To my luck it had snowed all day so that the pine wood really stood out."

“I had been spending hours on Google maps, in satellite mode, trying to locate interesting patterns and places. I all ready had a pretty good idea about what I should expect when I arrived at the location. To my luck it had snowed all day so that the pine wood really stood out.”

<b>3rd Place—Travel</b> "I was on a road trip in Gran Canaria Island in Spain where I captured someaerial shots of one of the most amazing beaches in the world - Playa de Amadores."

“I was on a road trip in Gran Canaria Island in Spain where I captured some aerial shots of one of the most amazing beaches in the world – Playa de Amadores.”

<b>2nd Place—Travel</b> "This image was captured while honeymooning at Cable Beach, Western Australia. We rented a 4WDand drove 8,000 klms around outback Australia. I like the 100% vertical downward point of view that is so well captured by camera equipped quadcopters."

“This image was captured while honeymooning at Cable Beach, Western Australia. We rented a 4WD and drove 8,000 klms around outback Australia. I like the 100% vertical downward point of view that is so well captured by camera equipped quadcopters.”

"...after thedrone came out from the clouds the view was spectacular and got me completely astonished and, without breathing, I had the time to take some shots before the sun went down and the cloud got higher hiding everything."

“…after the drone came out from the clouds the view was spectacular and got me completely astonished and, without breathing, I had the time to take some shots before the sun went down and the cloud got higher hiding everything.”