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06 July 2017

Dronestagram and National Geographic drone photo competition winners named

City life. The photo that won the “urban” category in Dronestagram’s contest, shot in Dubai by Bachirm Moukarzel. Picture: Bachirm Moukarzel/Dronestagram

TALK about seeing things from a different perspective.

Dronestagram, a social media platform dedicated to sharing aerial content, has announced the winners of its fourth annual drone photography contest, held in partnership with National Geographic.

It collected around 8000 photos — enough to prompt the judges to add a category dedicated to creativity.

The winners, including shots of a tennis court, Dubai skyscrapers and an ice formation all taken from above, are seriously stunning.

This shot, titled End of the Line, was taken in the USA by Martin Sanchez and won first prize in the ‘people’ category. Picture: Martin Sanchez/Dronestagram

This shot, titled End of the Line, was taken in the USA by Martin Sanchez and won first prize in the ‘people’ category. Picture: Martin Sanchez/DronestagramSource:Supplied

The contest, which fielded submissions from around the world, recognises “outstanding drone photos in this emerging field”, according to the social platform.

The categories were based around “nature”, “urban” and “people”, as well as “creativity”.

Martin Sanchez’s drone shot, titled End of the Line, took out the first prize in the “people” category.

“It was on a Saturday afternoon in April just before sunset,” Sanchez said in a statement, of his winning entry.

“Earlier in the day I had my batteries fully charged and decided to drive down the New Jersey coast. It was great because the beaches were empty and the coast was clear.

“It was time to finish up so I drove through town to get back on the main highway.

“While driving, I noticed an empty tennis court that just stood out.”

The third-placed shot in the “nature” category, taken by Florian Ledoux. Picture: Florian Ledoux/Dronestagram

The third-placed shot in the “nature” category, taken by Florian Ledoux. Picture: Florian Ledoux/DronestagramSource:Supplied

An aerial shot of Dubai skyscrapers, photographed by Bachirm Moukarzel, won first place in the “urban” short-list.

“This picture (was) shot at sunset time in Dubai at 6pm trying to capture an area which was a literally a desert 10 years back and now became a concrete jungle with the highest buildings in Dubai,” Moukarzel said.

Summer Trim, by Jerome Courtial, won the “nature” round. Picture: Jerome Courtial/Dronestagram

Summer Trim, by Jerome Courtial, won the “nature” round. Picture: Jerome Courtial/DronestagramSource:Supplied

Speaking about his stunning “nature” category-winning entry, Summer Trim, Jerome Courtial said: “I knew this was the beginning of the harvest season so I hunted down tractors and waited patiently until some started to harvest in a pattern that would create a pleasing composition from above”.

“I just had to start the drone engine and capture the photo against really strong wind.

“I thought I would have had a nice picture in the day, but I had no idea this one in particular would be so well received.”

The winners were judged by a panel including Patrick Witty, deputy director of photography at National Geographic, and Emanuela Ascoli, of Dronestagram and also a photo editor at National Geographic France.

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