Paris-based photo sharing site Dronestagram has unveiled the year’s best photos captured by flying robots. A showcase of the earth’s breath-taking symmetry, the contest highlights the best images taken by intrepid hobbyist and professional photographers experimenting with drones around the world. A new “creativity” category features ambitious selfies and playful outdoor pictures.
Chosen by National Geographic’s photo editors from thousands of entries, follow the link below for 2017’s best drone photos, with descriptions from the photographers.
After about two years of doing aerial photography, I have decided that I will share one of my little secrets for finding a location to shoot. A lot of people tell me that my aerials are really cool, but not too many ask how I find these places. It is funny to answer and say I use Google Maps, but honestly that is the truth and it’s the one and only thing I really use when looking for something new to photograph with my drone.
It all started in the summer of 2016. I had my drone and wanted to create more content with it after being so inspired from all the great aerial work I was seeing on Instagram. I would think day after day about where I could go to shoot interesting aerials and I couldn’t think of anything. I’d tell myself that this state is boring and there is nothing of interest to shoot near or around me.