2017’s International Drone Photography Contest Winners by Kristen Amiet July 7, 2017 Kristen Amiet Kristen Amiet is a previous AWOL editor, bona fide travel… First place, Nature category: Jerome Courital Provence, France “I knew this was the beginning of the harvest season so I hunted down tractors and waited patiently until some started to harvest in a pattern that would create a pleasing composition from above…My girlfriend was with me and I must thank her for her patience as we waited quite a long time to find the perfect spot,” Courital says. Second place, Nature category: Calin Stan Cheia DN1A Road to Transylvania, Romania “As the legend says, this is the view that Count Dracular himself saw on his nocturnal flight,” Stan says. Third place, Nature category: Florian Ledoux Ice formation, Greenland “This photo was realised during winter in East Greenland, which is one of the most remote places on earth. During that period, it’s really hard to get there, depending on the weather conditions,” Ledoux says. First place, People category: Martin Sanchez “After a few takes, things got a little weird. Two people came by to play some tennis on the other court…They seemed very confused watching [me] just laying on the ground, holding weird positions. They didn’t know whether to play or call for help!” Sanchez says. Second place, People category: helios142 Third place, People category: Javier Bustamante First place, Urban category: Bachir Moukarzel Dubai, United Arab Emirates “This picture was shot at sunset in Dubai…trying to capture an area which was literally a desert 10 years back,” Moukarzel says. Second place, Urban category: Alexey Goncharov Moscow, Russia “I liked the way [the workers task] looked from that perspective: they seemed to wash the city itself, not just the building’s windows,” Goncharov says. Third place, Urban category: Luis Saguar Domingo Madrid, Spain First place, Creative category: ‘Next Level’, Thibault Beguet “We [were] looking forward to a happy event (a baby) and looked for a fun, original and unusual way to announce it to our loved ones,” Beguet says. econd place, Creative category: ‘Two Moo’, Luke Bell “It was 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. I launched my drone to capture the scene in a way impossible with any other type of camera,” Bell says. Third place, Creative category: ‘Ugo le Marin’, Romain Gaillard “As I watched my children playing on the beach and drawing in the sand, 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. In the image, you can see my oldest son,” Gaillard says. Every year, thousands of professional and amateur photographers from all over the world submit their snaps to Dronestagram’s International Drone Photography Contest, which is now in its fourth year. Here, fuel your wanderlust with this year’s winners, then plan your next adventure with Qantas. Tags aerial photography Photography Photography Awards Kristen Amiet Kristen Amiet is a previous AWOL editor, bona fide travel addict, sometimes whisky drinker and full-time breakfast food enthusiast.