1st Prize, Category: Nature. Snorkeling with shark in French Polynesia. (Tahitiflyshoot)

1st Prize, Category: Places. Above the mist Maring. Paran, Brazil. (Ricardo Matiello)

Winners of Dronestagram‘s 2nd annual drone aerial photo competition were announced on July 6, with winners in three major categories–Nature, Place, and “Dronie” — taking home top prizes.

Over 5,000 entries from professional photographers and drone enthusiasts were submitted in the month-long open call, and winners took home rewards that included a feature in the National Geographic magazine French edition (U.S. edition to be confirmed), a drone, software from Adobe and a free subscription, a GoPro and more.

The competition was judged on “creativity, photographic quality and respect of the theme (show the beauty of your favorite places)” by a panel of experts including National Geographic photographer Ken Geiger (Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer), the Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic France Jean-Pierre Vrignaud, as well as Guillaume Jarret of Dronestagram, and the CEO and Founder of Dronestagram Eric Dupin.

“Some people want to change the world, at Dronestagram we want to change the way we see the world,” Dupin stated.

The owners of the “most liked” photos on the Web site were also awarded in the “popular prize” section.


2nd Prize Winner, Category: Nature. La Jolla (kdilliard)

2nd Prize Winner, Category: Places. Mont Saint Michel. (Wanaiifilms)

2nd prize, Popular Prize: Above the ancient city of Plovdiv at night, central Bulgaria. (Ice Fire)

3rd Prize Winner, Category: Places: Tulip fields (Anders)

3rd Prize, Popular Prize: A cliff diver jumps off the Plazuela Sanchez Taboada down in Mazatlan, Mexico. (w00tsor)

3rd Prize Winner, Category: Nature. Lost island, Tahaa, French Polynesia. (Marama)