Have you ever read National Geographic and marvelled at the almost abstract beauty of a landscape photographed from the air? Well, in 2014 National Geographic sponsored the first ever drone photography competition in association with Dronestagram, a site dedicated to this unique style of aerial photography.
The photographs submitted cover scenes from around the world. Drone images offer a more intimate perspective on familiar and new sites, different from those taken from satellites, planes and helicopters.
The winning image is of a beautiful eagle, soaring majestically above a national park in Indonesia.
These are a few of my favourite images from a selection of the most stunning drone pictures from 2014 – including a very cool selfie:
Advances in drone technology coupled with affordable, light, compact, high-resolution cameras, has brought us a whole new genre of beautiful aerial photography and video. However, as the number of drones filling our skies is increasing, so are concerns over privacy and safety. 2015 may well see stricter regulations imposed by regulatory bodies across the globe.
A drone was recently found on the Whitehouse lawn, leading to a lockdown – read the news article here.
Let’s hope this doesn’t limit drone photography to professionals only. In my opinion these images, taken mainly by drone hobbyists, are truly stunning!