Drone photography has taken its own course defining the method photography recently. Every now and then we see quality images soaring in numbers with many of the breathtaking photos taken from the skies. There come so many new photos in this domain that they have now an official award program named after it.
On the other hand, the companies manufacturing drones have been equipping them with latest cameras to capture high quality drone pics for quality viewing. May be we see these drone pics as if they are piece of the cake but the truth is that is just icing on the cake. Snapping a quality drone photo requires professionalism, practice, patience and potential at the same time.
We have round up some of the coolest drone pics taken from the skies available in plenty at Dronestagram and the Skypixel published by msn to show you how stunning drone photos can be at times.
#1 A vibrant forest
Drone photography master Micheal L B. Rasmussen took this image when he was on a walk in the woods. A brilliantly vibrant and colourful view of the forest below is just breathtaking.
#2 A colourful sunset
It makes an absolute sense to use drones for snapping amazing sunsets. We certainly get a better view of the horizon and the way up in the sky. This photo is the perfect epitome that summarizes with the colours of the falling sun casting brilliant hues across the clouds and the view is just unbelievable.
#3 Beauty in the coastlines
Island coastlines are a undisputed favourites with the drone photographers and with snaps like this, it’s easy to see understand why.
#4 A sun-drenched forest
One more beautiful drone picture featuring copious amounts of trees. This sunshine drenched peninsula makes for a brilliant aerial photography.
#5 Landing not recommended
This aerial pic depicting a magnificent building with its own landing pad is beautifully captured in drone camera. While seeing it from the distance it makes us assume that attempting to land a drone on it would not be a good idea though.
#6 It’s quite foggy leagues below
We very often see scenery like this from the window of an aeroplane only while traveling. Whether it’s low cloud cover or thick fog in either case, the ground below is shrouded in thick mist.
#7 Central Park in the winter freezes
New York City is one of the places that see regular snowfall. The city’s park looks stunning from this angle – even more so when sprinkled in wintry snow.
#8 A bird’s eye view of Lombard Street, San Francisco, USA
Some people can easily identify this image as the famous Lombard Street – reportedly “the crookedest street in the world”. This windy road is certainly iconic and this drone photo is a rare visual treat.
#9 Tatahatso Point
This brilliant drone photos shows Tatahatso Point at the Grand Canyon. A popular photography spot, but not often seen from the sky like this.
#10 Novo Mesto, Slovenia
This unbelievable scenic beauty is seen in the town of Novo Mesto, by the border of Croatia. An absolutely green landscape, winding river and close-knit community can be easily seen from the sky and it is one of the beautiful pictures you’ll ever see.
The aerial view of a lighthouse on the coast of Yalta is featured in this drone image. The waters are actually the Black Sea and all that makes this a high photo of which the lighthouse appears a tiny part.
#12 A Stylish Symmetry
This unique photo has not been snapped as high from the sky as some of the others on this list, but that’s doesn’t make it less great. However, the aerial view of rows and of vines stretching off so far as the eyes can see gives fantastic vibes.
#13 A lonesome home
In the red dusty plains, a lonely house sitting surrounded by nothing but the only red dust, brush and the occasional very distant tree. The buildings casting magnificent shadows across the land which makes this photo one of the beautiful ones.
#14 Where we’re going we don’t need roads
Roads, roads, so many roads and only roads everywhere. But who needs roads when you can fly? Certainly not this drone.
#15 The long ride
This photo is actually the result of a number of different several photos stitched together to create the magnificent final result. This stitching is giving the impersonation of a bending world just like the popular movie “Inception 2006” that stretches off into infinity.
#16 Night line
This above photo shows a Chinese fisherman engrossed in the waters, plying their trade. This image was one of a series of similarly beautiful images captured above the waters.
#17 Autumn fragrance
This image was taken in the skies of China, one of the series of a number of magnificent images which were snapped by this professional photographer using a DJI Phantom 4 Pro. One of these images is depicting the rural villages in a conglomerate and the hard labor that goes into reaping the crop of fruit. This aerial scenery was chosen as the runner-up in the professional story category. We’d recommend you to check out the rest of the images too.
The photographer commented:
“Autumn season is the season of harvest, full of golden fruit is the earth’s contribution to the hard work of mankind.”
#18 The land of the Earth
This drone photo is a part of a series of photos featuring the damage industrial waste has done to the landscape. Although showing waves of beautiful colour that appeal our eyes for the moment, these aerial photographs are actually highlighting the damage mankind has done to the world.
The photographer commented:
“The rapid development of human civilization has brought a series of negative effects. The environment is polluted and the ecology is destroyed. At present, the status quo of pollution in the earth is very harsh, forming a staggering “earth 殇”! Mankind must reflect on the triumphant industry development model, truly implement the policy of transforming the development mode and achieve sustainable social and economic development. Face the devastation of the earth, forever scars. Environmental pollution must be managed, otherwise, there will be no complete earth. Without protection of the environment, mankind will perish. Abstract images can instead better express the environmental impact of industrial pollution. Although these industrial pollution-related environments, details and colours can produce an attractive charm, the appearance does not represent the essence of spectacular colourful pictures may be very ugly nature, it is dirty, very evil. Human beings are rich in invention and creativity. They can also create a distinctive visual beauty in the process of industrial pollution and destruction of nature. The author recorded the destroyed land in aerial photography. This group of photos (18) 2017 shot in a mine tailings.”
#19 Woman in the wash
This image hails from the shores of Taiwan, this drone image shows the photographer laying by the edge of the water, the whitewash of the waves blending and some of it disappearing with her white dress or vice versa. This amazing image was nominated as a professional image in the portrait category.
The photographer, Bobo, commented about this image:
“This is my Taiwan film, Hualien’s coastline is steep cliffs and secluded sea, steep terrain, step by step is the deep sea. I’ve always wanted a special perspective, so try my best to try that as Mavic flies over the coastline, I find the waves on the coast flashes beautifully between dark grey gravel and turquoise water, dark and light. The contrast was very strong. When the waves fell toward the shore and retreated, they showed a vast and euphemistic shape, reminding me of the tail end of the whale, and finished the work. I pressed the shutter when the spray and the skirt were handed over to make the skirt and the sea wave blend together and have a sense of extension, leaving the work with an attachment and a similar space. With this idea, I shot a series of compositions in different forms continuously. The whole process was very exciting. Unfortunately, it was a cloudy day. If it is sunny, the overall color of the works will be even more gorgeous.”
This drone image was captured from the 1,500 feet above the rivers of Iceland. The swooping lines represent the sublime beauty of nature and this photo is a part of the series of equally impressive photos with a similar theme.
#21 Anchang town more goods
This aerial picture presents an old town around the twisting waterways. This town used to be known only for its produce decades ago, but now it is also known for its views.
Zeng Xinmin commented about this image:
“Anchang Ancient Town is one of the four famous ancient towns in Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province is the first batch of published historical and cultural towns. Was built in the Northern Song Dynasty, after the war, repeatedly burned, and rebuilt in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the architectural style inherits the typical characteristics of Jiangnan Water Village, a water, simple and elegant, its speciality Anchang sausage, or “sauce” The poultry meat, etc. Only you can not think of, there is no Anchang “wax”, “sauce” can not. It is the hometown of Shaoxing Master.”
#22 Inle Lake fishing show
This image is showing the fishermen put on for a small show for the tourists on the Inle Lake in Burma, but in real they represent their traditional fishing methods in action. The photographer commented:
“Myanmar’s Inu River, the ancient and unique fishing methods, attracting countless tourists to watch, and now has become a show.”
#23 Beautiful Yantian
This aerial image is captured with a DJI Phantom 4 and is showing the beautiful docks of the Yantian District, China and is a part of the series of beautiful images of workers caring for the docks and maintaining the surfaces.
#24 Balmoral Ball
This aerial photo of the basketball courts of Auckland manifest amazingly contrasting colours and brilliant symmetry from the skies. This image by Petra Leary, won first prize in the professional portrait category in 2017’s Skypixel awards.
Saksun is a very small village hibernating in the northwestern part of the Faroese island of Streymoy and is surrounded by supreme landscapes with beautiful views of the nature. This amazing aerial image of the local church was captured by Ian Montgomery with his Mavic Pro and was later submitted to the Sky Pixel contest.
#26 Waterfall hero
A lone man is featured in this aerial image diving over the waterfall. This perfectly timed drone image shows a Guinness World Record holder carrying out his passion.
The photographer gave a little more insight into it:
“He is over sixty, he is the world record holder for the Guinness waterfall diving. In China’s famous spout of the Yellow River and the great falls of the water tower in Heilongjiang province, he surprised the world with his leap. In the air, his action stretches the beautiful. Freeze the moment of the shock, take this leap into eternity.”
An other lone man on this list is seen in this aerial image wading through the desert sands in the depths of China. The image was submitted to the Skypixel awards with the caption:
“It was shot in the Tengger Desert, an outdoor sportsman walking hard in the desert on foot, with the footsteps of deeper and deeper, will not be caught?”
#28 Santa Maddalena village, Italy
This breath-taking aerial image shows the incredible lush green hills surrounding the Santa Maddalena in Italy. A brilliantly colourful green sheet of nature captured with a man-made drone.
#29 Grab the fall’s tail
Another very beautiful aerial photograph taken with the Phantom 4 Pro shows the wonderful reds of the Autumn trees.
This brilliantly simple image is captured with a DJI Mavic Pro and is showing a dancer in the centre of an ancient courtyard in Shanghai, China.
Photographer Cocoanext commented:
“Shanghai’s only nearly 190-year-old courtyard house with northern features is rarely seen in the south, where dancers dance not only skirts but also old Shanghai memories”
#31 Comet into darkness
This aerial image was taken during the early hours of the morning, in Newfoundland Canada, a professional drone photographer sent his drone up to see what he could see on the waters. A fishing boat approaching the shore is flocked by seagulls, no doubt trying to snag an easy catch of their own.
“One of my favourite shots. An early morning in Newfoundland, I was hiking on the East Coast Trail when I heard a bunch of seagulls. I quickly launched my drone to find-out what was causing the mayhem. It was a small cod fishing boat steaming towards the harbour, a truly magical moment.”
#32 Sun’s Up, Nets Out
This beautiful picture features a fisherman who is on his boat on the waters of Inle Lake. This talented master is not only rowing with his leg, but has also been managing to catch fish at the same time. A brilliant photograph that deserved the prize.
“An Intha fisherman sets up his net to fish as he paddles his boat with a unique leg-rowing technique in Mayanmar’s Inle Lake”
#33 Basilica del Voto Nacional
A beautiful sun-soaked view of the Basilica del Voto Nacional, a Roman Catholic church which dominates the horizon of Quito, Ecuador. The magnificent church was blessed by the Pope in 1985 and is considered one of the biggest attractions of the vicinity. It also makes this for an impressive drone photo as Alex Javier proved with this snap using his Phantom 4 Pro.
#34 Drying The Noodles When ‘The sun is busy’
This drone image shows an aerial view of workers drying noodles on various racks. The photographer captioned the image:
“On October 5, 2017, villagers in Xiashi Town, Kaili City, Guizhou Province, were busy drying noodles.”
#35 Above the polar bear
The Grand Prize winner of 2017’s Skypixel awards, was captured with a Phantom 4 Pro, features a lone polar bear leaping across the icy landscapes. Photographer Florian Ledoux, captioned his image:
“Dear future generation, I hope we will still be able to see the Arctic wildlife as we do now. It is threatened as the environment is changing. I was able to witness many scenes of wildlife and I can guarantee you this is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. Incredible and unique shot above a polar bear in Nunavut, Baffin area during wildlife reportage in Nunavut and Greenland.”
This aerial picture is really tricky for the naked eye giving the impression of a cyclist mounting the side of a skyscraper. Nigel Kwan’s image was professionally captured with a Mavic Pro.
#37 Geometry of liquid gold
Javier del Cerro captured this brilliant aerial snap of the amazing symmetry of the olive tree groves of Castilla La Mancha, Spain and it shows how unique many common things appear from the sky.
This highly incredible aerial photo of the landscapes of Iceland is actually 12 separate images stitched into one. It is an amazing panoramic shot of the surroundings with the cloud-covered mountaintops which is cut through by the landscape of flowing rivers.
#39 Baby lobsters breeding farm
This aerial image was snapped atop the waters of Vietnam, Trung Pham captured this image of the lobster farms of the Phu Yen province. The striking colours and mix of man-made materials with natural imagery makes ground for an incredible aerial image and it is very well captured. Is n’t it?
#40 Raising ducks by the river
This was was taken from the skies above Vietnam with drone showing ducks being raised by the local farmers there. The swarms of ducks look so thick like a white mass of ducks relax on the peaceful riverways while the farmer works.
#41 The path of camels across the sands
This image by Abdullah Alnassar was captured using a Phantom 4 Advanced and shows camels crossing through the sand dunes of Saudi Arabia which are commonpalce there and the beaming shadows of the animals stretch out across the dunes as they make the trek to bemuse the photographer.
#42 Always have a fancy finish
This intelligent picture shows an absolutely new perspective and makes perfect use of the Mavic Pro’s photography capabilities.
#43 End of the line, USA by Martin Sanchez
The drone photographer Martin Sanchez said he took this image on a Saturday afternoon in April moments before the sunset in New Jersey. He observed an empty tennis court that “just stood out like a treasured story in a book of empty words”. When he had taken a few takes two players dropped by to play some tennis and seemed confused watching him lay on the ground. When he was done, he showed them his photo and they said, “Ohhhh! I get it!”
#44 La Vijanera, Spain by feelingmovie
The photographer Javier Bustamante is a 32-year-old designer, said he took this aerial image while at La Vijanera, a winter carnival that takes place in the town of Silió in Cantabria Spain on the first Sunday of each year. “This party consists on a group of hunters who want to capture a bear,” he explained. “(Sic) Tour the village showing the capturing of the bear… This image is actually the end of the party where the bear has been actually captured.”
#45 Ice formation By Florian
The photographer Florian Ledoux is 27-year-old and has moved to Reykjavik recently to be closer to the Arctic, started to photograph in Greenland in 2014 to “report changes in Inuit culture and to witness the beauty of this huge land”. This drone image was snapped during winter in East Greenland – one of the most remote place on Earth. According to him he had attempted to fly around this place several times, and his drone was attacked by two Gyrfalcon as well.
#46 Waterlily, Vietnam
A breath-taking view from above the waterways of Vietnam featuring a lone worker wading through the deep water.
#47 Infinite Road by Calin Stan
The photographer of this aerial image Calin Stan is 30-year-old who has worked pro photographer for more than a decade and owns his own photography business, said his drone image is of the Cheia DN1A road that leads us to Transylvania in Romania. Or, as the legend says, this is the view that “Count Dracula himself saw on his nocturnal flight”, Stan explained.
#48 Summer trim, France by jcourtial
This photographer of this image Jerome Courtial is 39-year-old Frenchman based in London, went to Valensole to get “an original picture rather than the classic view with the sunset in the background”. His girlfriend remained with him, during an interview when his image was chosen as the No. 1 winner of Dronestagram’s 2017 awards, he cordially thanked her for her patience, as they “waited quite a long time to find the perfect spot”. The photo ended up to be his favourite picture ever taken.
#49 Dawn on mercury tower, Russia by Alexeygo
The photographer of this image Alexey Goncharov is 36-years-old physicist who works at Moscow State University, said he wanders about the places to take drone images before heading to his office. One fine morning, while in search of a beautiful reflection in mirror windows of Mercury tower, he spotted industrial climbers: “I liked the way their work looked from that perspective. They seemed to wash the city itself, not just the building’s windows.”
#50 Peace, Spain by luckydron
The photographer of this aerial image Luis Saguar Domingo is 24-year-old who says he got his drone as a Christmas present and was in Madrid looking for a suitable place to fly the new drone. He feels amazed after seeing the beautiful scenery and feels relaxed when flying simply because of all the beautiful landscapes he can see, and when he took this picture, he thought it was “really cool and symmetrical”.
#51 Two moo by Luke Bell
This aerial image was snapped by Luke Bell who is based in Cape Town and is a videographer and photographer. For this particular photo he says that took it on a cold, early morning in South Africa on a farm near Stellenbosch. “Two cows drinking from a nearby dam caught my eye when I saw their long shadows,” he explained. “I launched my drone to capture the scene in a way impossible with any other type of camera.”
#52 Next Level by Macareuxprod
The photographer of this drone is image Thibault Beguet is 34-year-old a pro photographer by profession based in Rennes, Brittany, always flies drones to take aerial images and makes films for companies, agencies, TV, etc. This featured image he snapped with his girlfriend, Manon, while looking for a fun, unique, and unusual way to announce they’re expecting to loved ones and friends: “We love Normandy, the sea, and outdoor activities, so we choose naturally to shoot on the beach.”
#53 Ugo le marin by Rga
This aerial image was taken by Romain Gaillard who says this picture was taken early in the morning. “I had gone to the beach to take some pictures,” he explained. “As I watched my children playing on the beach… I had the idea of using the sand as a large sheet of paper. So my two sons and myself drew a scene related to the sea – on the image you can see my oldest son.”
#54 Concrete jungle, Dubai, EAA by Bachirm
This aerial image was snapped by Bachir Moukarzel who is 33-year-old Lebanese based in Dubai, is a cluster Financial controller in Rotana Hotels. This drone image was snapped at sunset time in Dubai at 6pm, while trying to capture an area which was a desert 10 years back but is now “a concrete jungle with the highest buildings in Dubai”. He said every flight is a new adventure, even though he has been flying for ages, as each flight “has its own taste”
#55 When in Rome
The featured Roman Colosseum is a phenomenally magnificent site from the ground and from most angles. It’s not less than a marvel of architecture being a crucial wonder and gives a fantastic view of the history. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any more impressive than that, along came this drone image by Mauri Pagliai showing it in full nighttime splendor from the sky.
This image was selected for one of the People’s Choice Prizes in the Sky Pixel contest.
#56 Not a small Hong Kong island
Like we said before it looks like the same just like an other scene out of Inception, this drone image snapped with a Phantom 4 Pro depicts a dream-like view of Hong Kong. A compendium of 43 images used just to create this amazing view and it’s certainly marvelous.
#57 Icelandic waterfall
A beautiful Mavic Pro aerial image of the Icelandic landscapes and one of the many ice-encrusted waterfalls visible across those landscapes. Simply splendid.
#58 Fire and ice
One more brilliantly snapped image with Mavic Pro. This time from Yellowstone National Park in the US. The icy surface below shows magnificent colours flowing as hot sulfur water finds its way through the thick crusty snow.
#59 Eggs by the lake
A compellingly interesting scenic view from the side of the water and roadways in East Lake, Wuhan, China shows sculptures near the lake of eggs just like kissing.
Absolutely an unusual beautiful view from the sky.
#60 The red train
This incredibly contrasting aerial photo from the sky features a fantastic red train passing through the white snowy mountains of Switzerland.
A mishap of an unhappy accident gives view for a pretty cool drone image. A lorry has tipped down over and split the load on the side of the road. Ilya Martyanov noticed the tipping of it and quickly dashed out to send his drone up for a cheesy aerial image. The result of which is an awesome image about the pitfalls of modern day life.
#62 Sunrise in Bagan
This cutely captured drone image was snapped in Bagan, Myanmar by Witold Ziomek. He used a Mavic Pro drone to take the finest image of the ancient architecture backdropped by hot air balloons.
#63 The eye of the Earth
An amazing view of the eye shot from Iceland presents what it looks like a colourful eye of Mother Nature shedding a river of colorful misty tears. This brilliant aerial photo of the geyser Strokkur was captured with a Mavic Pro drone and submitted to the Sky Pixel contest.
#64 Bathing Hippos
This aerial photo of a cluster of bathing hippos won the first prize in Dronestagram’s 2018 drone photography awards and why not it looks well deserved. The photographer, Martin Sanchez, said:
“This by far was the highlight of my trip to Tanzania. I giant hippo party which was super VIP. But I knew exactly how to get in. Something they couldn’t resist. A game of Hungry Hungry Hippos!”
#65 Mont Saint Michel in the fog
This awesome aerial image features the popular French monastery Mont Saint Michel surrounded in the stunning morning fog. This photo was selected as the winner of grand prize in 2018’s Skypixel contest.
#66 Lotus Temple
This is undoubtedly a beautiful aerial image of the awe-inspiring temple. This Lotus Temple is located in Delhi, India and is famed for its flowerlike shape.
#67 A deserted college
This drone image features the beautiful view of the countryside of the Republic of Abkhazia. It depicts an astoundingly beautiful landscape with a tragic history as this is part of the region where ethnic cleansings occurred in the 1990s. People were forcefully thrown out from their forever homes, brutally mutilated, murdered and persecuted. Now remains a forsaken college and a site as a sign of grief and a homage to this hard times of history.
#68 Savior on the Spilled Blood
This is a remarkably wonderful image of the Church of Saint Petersburg, Russia. The image features the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. The construction of this incredible building began back in 1893 originally, and is an epitome of a romantic nationalism architectural style by Alfred Alexandrovich Parland and Archimandrite Ignaty.
#69 The star fort at Bourtange
This featured sight of Fort Bourtange was originally constructed in 1593 in the Netherlands as a defense to control the road between Germany and the city of Groningen. It has truly stood the test of good and bad times alot in the history. The decades and centuries have passed and now it has been converted into a historical museum.
From above, Fort Bourtange is certainly beautiful, surrounded by defensive moats and brilliant countryside.
#70 This lion has a plan for the drone
One of the beautifully captured drone images. It features the lion quite not impressed by the drone flying the wild arena.