During the past few years, drones have dramatically changed the landscape of photography. So much so that numerous awards, dedicated specifically to aerial photography have emerged. One of them - probably the most prestigious - is Dronestagram (previously here and here), and it has just announced the winners of its 4th annual International Drone Photography Contest.

"Drones are becoming an increasingly accessible way to get a new perspective on the world," Eric Dupin, CEO of Dronestagram said. "There literally are no physical limits as to where a shot can take place anymore."

The competition was judged on creativity and photographic quality by a panel of experts, including some from Dronestagram's partner National Geographic. Scroll down to enjoy the best of 2017 aerial photography, selected from thousands of entries from around the world.

More info: dronestagr.am

#1

Waterlily, Vietnam (People - 2nd Place)

Waterlily, Vietnam (People - 2nd Place)

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Sheralyn 1 year ago

This is utterly gorgeous.

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#2

Two Moo, South Africa (Creativity - Finalist)

Two Moo, South Africa (Creativity - Finalist)

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Fasya Maudia 1 year ago

took me about few mins to realize where the moos are

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#3

The Great Sirigiya, Sri Lanka (Nature - Finalist)

The Great Sirigiya, Sri Lanka (Nature - Finalist)

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Lila Launehase 1 year ago

One of the best places I've ever been.

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#4

Infinite Road To Transylvania, Romania (Nature - 2nd Place)

Infinite Road To Transylvania, Romania (Nature - 2nd Place)

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Tyrone 1 year ago

Can someone explain why ?

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#5

Provence, Summer Trim, France (Nature - 1st Place)

Provence, Summer Trim, France (Nature - 1st Place)

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Nancy E 1 year ago

Again, I can smell the lavender from here !

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#6

Motorbike Bridge Over River In Thailand (People - Finalist)

Motorbike Bridge Over River In Thailand (People - Finalist)

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lindsayaotter 1 year ago

Amazing

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#7

Spanish Maze, Spain (Urban - Finalist)

Spanish Maze, Spain (Urban - Finalist)

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lindsayaotter 1 year ago

It looks like legos.

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#8

Ice Formation, Greenland (Nature - 3rd Place)

Ice Formation, Greenland (Nature - 3rd Place)

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Helena Morland 1 year ago

Beautiful

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#9

End Of The Line, U.s. (People - 1st Place)

End Of The Line, U.s. (People - 1st Place)

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Jay Raman 1 year ago

This is clever

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#10

Dawn On Mercury Tower, Russia (Urban - 2nd Place)

Dawn On Mercury Tower, Russia (Urban - 2nd Place)

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Tadzkirah Tamalaki 1 year ago

Where is the drone?

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#11

The Family, Tanzania (People - Finalist)

The Family, Tanzania (People - Finalist)

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Blue Cicada 1 year ago

Beautiful!

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#12

Infinite Road To Transylvania, Romania (Nature - Finalist)

Infinite Road To Transylvania, Romania (Nature - Finalist)

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Jim Kissaglis 1 year ago

so why does the road do that?

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#13

Tatacoa Desert, Colombia (People - Finalist)

Tatacoa Desert, Colombia (People - Finalist)

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Michalina Piotrowska 1 year ago

Awesome! Looks like huge 3D brain model!

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#14

Ugo Le Marin, France (Creativity - Finalist)

Ugo Le Marin, France (Creativity - Finalist)

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ILOVEMYBUB13 1 year ago

Oh! this is drawn in the sand and then an Ariel pic was taken, wow that took me way too long to realize that!

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#15

Sunrise At The Iguazu Falls Balcony, Argentina (Nature - Finalist)

Sunrise At The Iguazu Falls Balcony, Argentina (Nature - Finalist)

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Nikkie Armstrong 1 year ago

Im from Argentina and was lucky enough to be there at that balcony. I saw many rainbows that day. It was AMAZING. Truly amazing ♥

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#16

Portuguese Surfer, Portugal (Nature - Finalist)

Portuguese Surfer, Portugal (Nature - Finalist)

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Ella Grace 1 year ago

*Jaw music starts playing in the background*

#17

Concrete Jungle, United Arab Emirates (Urban - 1st Place)

Concrete Jungle, United Arab Emirates (Urban - 1st Place)

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Sheralyn 1 year ago

Really, this is first place? It looks like every other aerial photo of a city =/

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#18

Next Level, France (Creativity - Finalist)

Next Level, France (Creativity - Finalist)

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Beatrice Alighieri 1 year ago

Hadouken baby :)

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#19

Peace, Spain (Urban - 3rd Place)

Peace, Spain (Urban - 3rd Place)

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Ana T. 1 year ago

a town out of game of thrones

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#20

Put Your Sports Shoes On, Laos (People - Finalist)

Put Your Sports Shoes On, Laos (People - Finalist)

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PurpleUnicorn 1 year ago

Tai chi at dawn, nothing like it

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#21

Great Wall In Sunset, Covered With Snow, China (Nature - Finalist)

Great Wall In Sunset, Covered With Snow, China (Nature - Finalist)

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Varsha Chrislin 1 year ago

Amazing!

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#22

Goal, Spain (People - Finalist)

Goal, Spain (People - Finalist)

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Anna Sheridan 1 year ago

This is tripping me out

#23

La Vijanera, Spain (People - 3rd Place)

La Vijanera, Spain (People - 3rd Place)

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Serge Maandag 1 year ago

That poor Yeti...

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