Winners of the 2017 Drone Photography Contest

An esteemed panel of judges took charge of the 2017 Drone Photography Contest and picked out four pretty amazing, category-specific winners.

The 4th annual Drone Photography Contest attracted “thousands of entries” which were submitted from around the globe by a host of  talented professional photographers and amateur drone photo enthusiasts.

In 2017 it shouldn’t be a surprise that the entries of amateur enthusiast were indistinguishable from the pro’s . And I’ts probably something to do with the affordability and ever-increasing accessibility of drone hardware that explains how great pretty much every entry was this year – though prevalence alone does nothing to alleviate the instinctive “how did they do that?!” double take that occurs on photo-to-photo basis. Which is why dronestagr.am were understandably excited to showcase their winners, each neatly presented by category; people, nature, urban and creativity.

Alongside its host, calling the winners of this years competition, which is judged on “creativity and photographic quality” was a panel of experts that included National Geographic’s own Deputy Director Patrick Witty and Photo editor Jeff Heimsath as well as Emanuela Ascoli, Photo editor for National Geographic France.

Check out the winners below and the runners up at dronestagr.am.

Drone Photography Contest 2017 Winner - People by Martin Sanchez

1st Prize Winner – Category People: End of the line by Martin Sanchez

Drone Photography Contest 2017 Winner - Nature by jcourtial

1st Prize Winner – Nature: by jcourtial

Drone Photography Contest 2017 Winner - Urban by bachirm

1st Prize Winner – Category Urban: Concrete Jungle by bachirm

Drone Photography Contest 2017 Winner - Creativity by rga

1st Prize Winner – Creativity: Ugo le marin by rga

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