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The Best Drone Photos of 2017


Dronestagram is the first social network dedicated to aerial photography, and it has just announced the winners of its 4th annual drone photography competition, the International Drone Photography Contest.

The competition is organised in partnership with National Geographic, and this year saw around 8,000 photos submitted from around the world. Both amateur and professional photographers were invited to compete over 3 categories: Nature, Urban, and People.

“I was blown away by the creativity of the photos,” says Jeff Heimsath, photo editor at National Geographic Traveler and one of the contest’s judges. “The contest has certainly surfaced the best drone images from around the world.”

Here are the winners this year representing the best drone photos of 2017:


1st Place. Photo by jcourtial.

2nd Place. Photo by Calin Stan.

3rd Place. Photo by Florian.


1st Place. Photo by bachirm.

2nd Place. Photo by alexeygo.

3rd Place. Photo by luckydron.


1st Place. Photo by Martin Sanchez.

2nd Place. Photo by helios1412.

3rd Place. Photo by feelingmovie.


This year there was a special category called “Creativity” to honor creative photos captured in the industry.

Two Moo by LukeMaximoBell

Ugo le marin by rga

Next Level By macareuxprod

All of the awarded entries, and more information about the competition, can be found on the Dronestagram website.