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The winners in the third International Drone Photography Contest have been announced. Over 6,000 photos were submitted across the three categories of Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Adventure and Travel for social network Dronestagram’s third aerial photography competition. The winning pictures were selected by the judges, including National Geographic Deputy Director Patrick Witty and Emanuela Ascoli, photo editor of National Geographic, France.

Nature and Wildlife

1st Prize Winner: Kalbyris forest Denmark by Michael Bernholdt

Kalbyris forest Denmark by Michael Bernholdt

I search for patterns and lines created by nature like the creek that surrounds the pine forest in my winning image. But I also look for man-made patterns and lines like curvy roads and tracks from agricultural equipment.

– Michael Bernholdt

2nd Prize Winner: Swarm of sheep by Szabolcs Ignacz

Swarm of sheep by Szabolcs Ignacz

We wanted to present the traditional Romania in its full beauty. We were travelling by car and suddenly along the road from the distance I’ve spotted the sheep herd.

– Szabolcs Ignacz

3rd Prize Winner: Piton de la fournaise, Volcano by Jonathan Payet

Piton de la fournaise, Volcano by Jonathan Payet

To take the shot Jonathan Payet had to cope with the ascending hot air and wind. He took the shot just after sunrise and had to get permission from the authorities to fly.

Travel

1st Prize Winner: Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, Umbria, Italy by Francesco Cattuto

Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, Umbria, Italy by Francesco Cattuto

After the drone came out from the clouds, the view was spectacular and got me completely astonished and, without breathing, I had the time to take some shots before the sun went down and the cloud got higher hiding everything.

– Francesco Cattuto

2nd Prize Winner: Cable Beach by Todd Kennedy

Cable Beach by Todd Kennedy

When we arrived in Broome, we booked a sunset camel tour which was a beautiful experience and a great opportunity to get a new addition to a series of shadow images I have been collecting since entering into drone photography.

– Todd Kennedy

3rd Prize Winner: Summer camp of Gran Canaria by Karolis Janulis

Summer camp of Gran Canaria by Karolis Janulis
Karolis Janulis took third place in the Travel section with his picture of a beach in Gran Canaria.

Sports and Adventure

1st Prize Winner: Moab Rock Climbing by Max Seigal

Moab Rock Climbing by Max Seigal

We hiked for miles looking for the perfect line and then spotted this amazing crack that was about 400 feet off the ground. Using the drone, I was able to capture images that would have never been possible before.

– Max Seigal

2nd Prize Winner: Complejo Acuático Norte de Santander by Juan Pablo Bayona

Complejo Acuático Norte de Santander by Juan Pablo Bayona
Juan Pablo Bayona works as a photojournalist for the local newspaper, La Opinion, in Cucuta, Colombia in South America. His picture took second place in the Sport and Adventure section of the competition.

3rd Prize Winner: Chugach Mountain Range, Alaska by High Angle Shot

Chugach Mountain Range, Alaska by High Angle Shot

One of my big dreams would be to take the drones down to Antarctica and capture some of the magic that exists down there before the ice melts away and climate change changes everything forever.

– TJ Balon

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