Some people put drones to good use! The stunning entries to the annual international drone photography contest
- One drone image shows a southern right whale and her baby swimming off coast of Cape Town, South Africa
- Another stunning entry to the drone contest shows the sun setting on beautiful mountains in Iceland
- One drone user managed to capture an image of a polar bear stranded on a shrinking iceberg in Greenland
There are some people out there who put drones to good use – as these photographs show.
These incredible pictures were all taken by drone users and entered into the fifth annual International Drone Photography Contest, which is run by photography website Dronestagram.
This year’s winning image was snapped by the photographer known only as ‘zekedrone’ and it shows hippos in a muddy pool in Tanzania.
Second place was awarded to Trung Pham for his amazing shot of a fisherman throwing open his net in Vietnam, while finishing third was ‘Qliebin’ for their picture of a pair of dog walkers on a beach in Ukraine.
Eric Dupin, the founder of Donestagram, said: ‘Despite the regulations and constraints that increasingly weigh on recreational drones, creativity has not been curtailed and the unique worldview allowed by drones continues to make us dream.’
Scroll down to see some of the mesmerising winners and entries….
The winning image in the fifth annual International Drone Photography Contest was taken by drone user Zekedrone. It shows a group of hippos bathing in mud in Tanzania. The photographer said: ‘This by far was the highlight of my trip to Tanzania’
Last May, photographer Trung Pham captured this mesmerising image of a fisherman casting his large net out to sea in Vietnam. It scooped second prize in the contest
South African photographer Luke Maximo Bell managed to captured this incredible image using his drone off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa. It shows a mother southern right whale swimming alongside her baby
One of the most eye-catching drone pictures was captured by Russian Maksim Tarasov, while he was travelling in Iceland. It shows the sun setting on top of one of the country’s beautiful mountains
The shadows of two dogs and their owners are exaggerated in this fascinating shot snapped by drone user Qliebin. He captured the image above a beach in the coastal city of Odessa in Ukraine, which is on the Black Sea. It won third prize in the contest
Another entry that won the praise of the judges was another shot by Trung Pham. It shows lobster breeding cages spread out across the water in the coastal province of Phu Yen, Vietnam
Drone user J Galamba snapped this stunning aerial image of the river meeting the ocean in Timor Leste. He said: ‘The first rains of the year make the rivers start flowing again, bringing to the ocean the mud and trash from the mountains. The water is then clearly separated in two: the brownish muddy river water and the deep blue ocean water. The fishes are attracted and get closer to the shore. And where there is fish, there are fishermen’
The mind-boggling roof of an unusual building in Singapore was one of the entries praised by judges. The snap was taken by drone user Macbook Boy
A polar bear is stranded on a small piece of sea ice in a stunning image taken by photographer Florian Ledoux in Greenland. He said: ‘They are among the first refugees of climate change. Polar Bears do not only depend on the sea ice as a platform for hunting but also as a place where they can rest between the hunts and a place where they can reproduce’