A league of their drone: photography contest celebrates spectacular images shot in drones

These stunning photographs are in a league of their DRONE – crowned as some of the best drone photographs in the world.

First prize in Nature category - Snorkelling with Sharks, by Tahitiflyshoot

First prize in Nature category – Snorkelling with Sharks

The second ‘International Drone Photography Contest’ saw entrants submit pictures of high dives, individuals swimming with sharks, mass gatherings and spectacular architecture.

Organised by Dronestagram, a social network for drone photography, with the help of National Geographic, the contest saw more than 5,000 pictures submitted across three categories: Places, Nature and Dronies (selfies taken with a drone).

First Prize Winner in the Dronies category - Wheres Wally, Limassol Carnava

First Prize Winner in the Dronies category – Wheres Wally, Limassol Carnava

The overall winner – which won the Places category and was voted most popular – was a shot entitled ‘Above the Mist’ showing the tip of a cathedral, poking through the mist below.

That shot was taken by Ricardo Matiello, who was one of many winners from countries such as Brazil, France, USA, Mexico, Bulgaria and The Netherlands.

Third prize in the Nature category - Lost Island, Tahaa, French Polynesia

Third prize in the Nature category – Lost Island, Tahaa, French Polynesia

The contest was judged on creativity, photographic quality and respect of the theme.

Eric Dupin, founder and CEO of Dronestagram, said: “I was really amazed by the quality and the originality of most of the pictures we received from the participants of the 2015 edition of our great contest.

Notable mention - Xiwei Reservoir, Zoucheng, Shandong, China

Notable mention – Xiwei Reservoir, Zoucheng, Shandong, China

“Last year we had to make a choice among 2000 pictures, but this year we had to review more than 5000 pictures in three categories.

“Drone photography depicts a new vision of the world, with stunning images taken from low altitude, near field.

Notable mention - Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Notable mention – Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

“It is a new photographic language and a new way of discovering things and landscapes that we know, or that we thought we knew.”