In 2019, you don't need a cell phone or fancy camera to take great photos. Instead, you can send a drone up in the air to capture them for you.
One website that embraces that change is Dronestagram, an online platform which allows users to upload their best aerial photography shots. Each year, the website celebrates its users' best photos with its International Drone Photography Contest. Among the thousands of entries received, only three photographers are chosen as winners.
Take a look at this year's prize-winning photos below.
The award-winning image captures two people walking with dogs alongside a beach. While the photo would likely look great if taken on land, the overhead angle is what makes this image really stand out.
From above, viewers are able to see everything from the shadows of the four subjects to the change in landscape from ocean to sand.
Taken from the sky in Vietnam, photographer Trung Pham captured the moment when a fishing net was sunk deep into a large body of water. The bright colors of the net contrast strongly with the ocean, creating a stark image that likely wouldn't have been possible to achieve from the boat.
Coming in first place, this aerial shot of hippos taken by photographer Zekedrone is truly unique, and beautifully captures a group of wild animals in their natural habitat.
To learn more about the International Drone Photography Contest, visit Dronestagram's website.
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