In its second edition, the 2015 Drone Aerial Photography Contest attracted more than 5,000 entries from around the world, with professional and amateur photographers submitting their drone photo shots.
The competition was organised by Dronestagram, a photo-sharing app for drone photographers, with different categories, including Nature, Places and Dronies. Submissions were judged based on creativity and photographic quality by a panel that included National Geographic and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Ken Geiger and Jean-Pierre Vrignaud, editor in chief of the magazine’s France edition.
The winner of the Places category was Ricardo Matiello, with ‘Above the Mist’. Matiello took a rare aerial shot of his hometown of Maringa in Brazil during a densely foggy morning. The town, usually sunny and hot all year round, was engulfed in heavy fog, allowing Matiello to fly the drone through the clouds and capture the area above Maringa Cathedral, a landmark of the city.
The second prize in this category went to Wanaiifilms for Mont-Saint-Michel. The magical photo was taken during high tide that resulted in a fairytale-like depiction of Mont Saint Michel and transformed it into an island.
In the Nature category, the top prize went to Tahitiflyshoot’s Snorkeling with Sharks. The vibrant image depicted a couple snorkeling with sharks in the clear blue water off the island of Moorea in French Polynesia.
Kdilliard’s La Jolla came second. The lively shot shows swimmers in action at the annual La Jolla pier to cove ocean race, in which the photographer’s fiancé was one of the participants. The image was taken moments after the beginning of the race when athletes ran into the water and started swimming the length of the pier.
As for the Dronies category, the top prize was awarded to FlyovermeidaCy for Where’s Wally, Limassol Carnaval, Cyprus. The photographer caught on camera the joyous celebrations of the festival that has been ongoing in Cyprus for over a hundred years.