The Most Beautiful Drone Photos of 2016

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What Is a Drone, Anyway?

The answer turns out to be more complex than expected. Strictly speaking, a drone is an unmanned aircraft that can fly without a human in control.  Essentially, it is a flying robot. Usually, a drone is associated with the military. Now, we aren’t going to talk about that kind of drones. Nowadays, we have a wide range of drone usage. Among search and rescue, surveillance, traffic monitoring, weather monitoring, firefighting, videography, agriculture and even delivery services, we also use personal drones for drone photography.

Drone photography

Drone photography can definitely make you see the world from a different perspective. The drone photography community Dronestagram just released a collection of their favorite drone photography for 2016. Until recently they were exclusive to big companies and military, but now becoming mainstream. The drone photographers’ community grows rapidly. Therefore, it’s no surprise that they’ve decided to hold their own awards.

As you’ll see below, drone photography will show you some stunning shots in 2016.  Watch out, what you’ll see are magnificent natural landscape and everyday city scenes that will show you a completely new perspective when observed from above. Interesting patterns and dreamlike scenarios emerge in these unique shots and here are the best of them.

Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, Umbria, Italy (Fcatutto/Dronestagram)
Cable Beach, Australia (Todd Kennedy/Dronestagram)
Kalbyris Forest, Denmark
Summer camp of Gran Canaria, Spain
Vilnius, Lithuania
Piton De La Fournaise Volcano, Reunion Island
Moving water under the Venice Pier, Los Angeles
Chugach Mountain Range, Alaska
Moab Rock Climbing, Utah
Swarm of sheep, Romania

In the hands of photographers, drones can capture beautiful, unique images that would otherwise go unseen.

Guillaume Jarret, Dronestagram’s head of marketing and development says that the purpose of this contest is: “to celebrate the beauty of drone photography, a new photographic language.”