In a feat of photographic excellence, amateur and professional drone nerds have proven a point they have been trying to make for years: drones can shoot.
Photographs, that is — and stunning ones at that.
A panel of experts, including Ken Geiger, a National Geographic photographer and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, and Jean-Pierre Vrignaud, editor in chief of National Geographic France and Dronestagram, selected nine of the best photographs from more than 5,000 entries.
We refer to the photographers here by their Dronestagram handles, not their full names.
The winning images are breathtaking. Check them out:
Photographer Ricardo Matiello took this incredible snap high above the clouds in Maringá, Paraná, Brazil on a rare, foggy day by flying his drone as high as he could before it disappeared into the fog.
Kdilliard took this image moments after the start of the annual La Jolla Pier-To-Cove Swim in San Diego at 9 a.m. on June 20, 2015. The photographer's fiance competed in the 1 ½ mile swim during low tide in the comfortable 70-degree water.
Dronestagram user Tahitiflyshoot captured the sparkling waters near Mo'orea island in French Polynesia at the moment a group of sharks happened to swim by.
Photographer Wanaiifilms snapped the tide rolling in and surrounding the Mont Saint-Michel, an island commune in Normandy, France at around 5 a.m., just after the sun peeked through the clouds after a stormy week.
Marama Photo Video shot this magical photograph while drinking Hinano, the beer of Tahiti, in the warm, clear waters of an island in Tahiti. A rain shower complete with a rainbow can be seen behind the island.
Dronestagram user [email protected] took this snap between Sassenheim and Voorhout in The Netherlands. The image showcases the multicolored, geometric tulip fields with men at the right of the image scanning for and removing tulips that have been infected by viruses.
This death-defying image by Wootsor captures the moment a cliff diver risked his life for a few pesos and accolades from the crowd in Plazuela Sanchez Taboada in Mazatlan Mexico.
IceFire took this shot above the ancient city of Plovdiv in central Bulgaria, Eastern Europe. Plovdiv is believed to be one of the oldest inhabited cities in Europe. The giant question mark is outlined by the newly re-built musical fountains in King Simeon's Park.
User FlyoverMediaCy snapped this photograph during a carnival in Limassol, Cyprus where groups of 'Waldos' gathered for a photo-op.
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