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Meet Dronestagram, the Instagram of Drone Photography

Meet Dronestagram, the Instagram of Drone Photography
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With more than 30,000 users, Dronestagram is capitalizing on the growing popularity of aerial photography

Leigh Ann Renzulli
  • 22 july 2015

Drones may be controversial when it comes to military action, but it would be hard to argue that they aren’t revolutionizing photography in a beautiful way. To this end, Dronestagram partnered with National Geographic, GoPro, Adobe and other notable companies to hold the 2015 Drone Aerial Photography Contest. The results are pretty amazing.

The first prize winner in both the “places” category and the “most liked” category was “Above the Mist” by Richardo Matiello, who, according to his profile on Dronestagram, is based in Brazil. The photo is of Maringa Cathedral, which is located in downtown Maringa, Parana, Brazil.

“I had no idea how was up there, because the only thing I could see were clouds hiding the buildings,” reads the description of the photo, “By accessing the camera’s memory, I was amazed by the beautiful day above the clouds and to my surprise and delight, I was able to take the exactly picture I was looking for.”

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The first prize winner in the “nature” category was taken on an island called Moorea, which is a sister island to Tahiti.

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This picture was a magical moment…The conditions were perfect and we were fortunate that sharks arrive at the perfect time,” says the description.

Dronestagram really is the Instagram for drone photography and video. According to Eric Dupin, the founder of Dronestagram, “everybody who has a drone or can take stunning aerial pictures” is invited to post their work on the platform. Dronestagram has more than 30,000 registered users.

“We aim to build a community gathered around drone photography and video so as to show the beauty of the world with a new way of seeing it: from an aerial point of view,” said Dupin.

As for the future of drone photography, it seems like the sky’s the limit. Drones are disrupting aerial photography. Dupin calls it “a new photographic language.”

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“It is a kind of new layer between ground photography, google street view and traditional aerial photography shot from planes and helicopters,” said Dupin. ”With a drone you can make pictures that no other device can make, and that’s what makes drone photography so unique.”

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