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12 best drone photos according to National Geographic

Dronestagram’s International Drone Photography Contest is in its fourth year

Shot of three men suspended from the side of a reflective, copper-colored side of a skyscraper with the cityscape reflected in the glass.
Mercury City Tower in Moscow.
Photo by Alexey Goncharov via Dronestagram

The popularity of drones has made it that much easier to capture breathtaking aerial photography (not to mention video) of cityscapes, nature, and everything in between that, in the past, would have required much more equipment, planning, and physical exertion (or a helicopter ride).

The International Drone Photography Contest, now in its fourth year, highlights some of the best shots made from high above, and the winning photographs are, predictably, gorgeous, surprising, and a little bit cheeky.

The selections are broken into three main categories—nature, people, and urban—and the submissions were judged by a panel of experts from National Geographic and Dronestagram, the drone photography sharing website based in France that runs the competition.

Below, a look at the finalists, from a lavender field in Provence to a view of skyscrapers in Dubai to a lily pond in Vietnam.

Nature

The lavender fields of Provence getting their summer trim.
Photo by Jcourtial via Dronestagram
Infinite road to Transylvania in Romania.
Photo by Calin Stan via Dronestagram
Sea ice foramtion in East Greenland in February 2017.
Photo by Florian Ledoux via Dronestagram

People

End of the line, by Martin Sanchez.
Photo by Martin Sanchez via Dronestagram
A woman harvests water lilies in a pond in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.
Photo by Helios1412 via Dronestagram
La Vijanera in Spain.
Photo by Feelingmovie via Dronestagram

Urban

Concrete Jungle, Dubai.
Photo by Bachirm via Dronestagram
The work of industrial climbers on the tower “Mercury” in Moscow City.
Photo by Alexeygo via Dronestagram
Peace, in Madrid.
Photo by Luckydron via Dronestagram

Via: Designboom