March 24, 2023
dronestagram 2nd place urban

The winners of Dronestagram’s annual aerial photography contest have been announced. The competition, run in conjunction with National Geographic, was split across three categories: Nature, Urban and People.

Prizes for the lucky few include three DJI Spark drones, virtual reality headesets and Kodak cameras from offered by sponsors Europ Assistance, Kodak Pixpro, StudioSPORT, Lowepro, Zeinberg & Homido.

In a statement, Dronstagram confirmed that the winning entries will be published in National Geographic:

Pride, that’s what we felt when we met National Geographic for the jury and reviewed the thousands of pictures submitted for this 4th edition in a row. Thank you all for participating! We were stunned by the great quality of the pictures submitted this year. What is most frustrating is that we would have liked reward more than three photos in each category.”

The competition was judged on creativity, photographic quality and respect to one of the three categories by a panel of experts including deputy director of photography at National Geographic Patrick Witty and Emanuela Ascoli, photo editor of National Geographic France.

The winning entries were as follows:


nature winner dronestagram

Shot by By jcourtial, this image depicts the summer harvest of the lavender in Provence, France. After winning, he said:


This image, Concrete Jungle by bachirm was taken above the skyscrapers in Dubai. He said:


The winning image in the People category was this, End of the line by Martin Sanchez. The image is a tennis court from above, offering a new perspective on the game just in time for Wimbledon.

The Last Minute Category: Creativity

The team at Dronestagram was so overwhelmed by entries that it decided to award aerial photographers in a new category: Creativity. Some of the winners were…

This image from macareuxprod, announcing the impending arrival of a new child with this unique image.

And this photo of two cows taking a drink in South Africa, by LukeMaximoBell.

Our Personal Favorite

Infinite Road to Transylvania, bBy Calin Stan, which came 2nd in the Nature category.

dronestagram 2nd place urban

Plenty of quality entries there! Head over to the Dronestagram website for more aerial photography inspiration.