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Dronestagram's top 20 drone photos 2016

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Vernazza, cinque terre, Italy by jcourtial
Vernazza, cinque terre, Italy by jcourtial
Summer Camp, Amadores, Gran Canaria, Spain by Karolis Janulis
Miedzyzdroje plaża, Poland by Drone Expert
Cable Beach, Australia by Todd Kennedy
Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, Umbria, Italy by Fcatutto. 1st Prize of 2016 National Geographic Drone Photography Contest, category Travel
A snorkeller follows a Manta Ray, Yasawa Islands, Fiji by Captain Salty
Swarm of sheep, Romania by Thedon
Niagara Falls by Ryanjones
Ski race, Adzhigardak, Asha, Russia by Maksim Tarasov
Stirling, Alberta, Canada by Aero Retina Optics
Bogata Forest, Romania by Calin Stan
Big standing Buddha in Ushika, Japan by cliechti
Copacabana, Rio de janeiro, Brazil by Ulysees Padihla
Bird attack in French Polynesia by Actua Drone
Fields of Lavender in Valensole, Provence, France by jcourtial
Red Chili Farmer, Guntur, India by Aurobird
Piton de la Fournaise Volcano by DroneCopters
Rock Climbing, Moab, USA by Max Seigal. 1st Prize of 2016 National Geographic Drone Photography Contest, category Adventure
Wedding in Huahine, French Polynesia by Helene Havard
Huia dam New Zealand by Brendon Dixon

Social network Dronestagram has named its top 20 pictures published on its platform this year.

The stunning images show include themes of adventure, wildlife, landscapes, harvest, cultural heritage and romantic moments.

"This year again, we were all amazed by the great quality of the submitted pictures" says Guillaume Jarret, head of Dronestagram's community.

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And what makes good drone photography?

"A good drone photo is a picture that you immediately identify as a drone photo: it is taken at a low altitude, near the target of the picture, and you must see on the picture that it is impossible it has been taken with another device than a drone" said Mr Jarret.

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Dronestagram organises the annual International Drone Photography Contest with the support of National Geographic. You can find all the winning pictures here.

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