Dronestagram Photo Contest 2015: Drone's eye view of Maringá Cathedral takes top prize

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1st Prize Winner – Category Places: Above the mist by Ricardo Matiello
1st Prize Winner – Category Places: Above the mist by Ricardo Matiello

The steeple of Maringá Cathedral pokes eerily out from the mist above the Brazilian city.

The bleak high-rise buildings contrast with the fog against the brilliant blue of the sky and the horizon feels unusually close.

This unique perspective (above) is neither bird’s eye view nor man’s, but is the mechanical and precise vantage point of a machine, a drone.

It is the winning photograph in this year’s International Drone Photography Contest which is organised by drone-only social networking site (yes, really) Dronestagram.

1st Prize Winner – Category Nature: Snorkeling with sharks by Tahitiflyshoot
2nd Prize Winner – Category places: Mont-Saint-Michel by Wanaiifilms

“Above the Mist” by Richardo Matiello was chosen as the winning image from among 5,000 entries across three categories: places, nature and dronies (selfies made with drones).

“Drone photography depicts a new vision of the world with stunning images taken from low altitude, near field,” says Eric Dupin from Dronestagram. “Only a drone allows [you] to discover and enjoy the cathedral from this point of view.

2nd Prize Winner – Category Nature: La Jolla by kdilliard

3rd Prize Winner – Category places: Tulip fileds by Anders@andersa.com
3rd Prize Winner – Category Nature: Lost island, Tahaa, French Polynesia by Marama Photo Video
1st Prize Winner – Category Dronies: Where’s Wally, Limassol Carnaval, Cyprus by FlyovermediaCy
2nd Prize Winner – Popular Prizes (most liked picture): Plovidv by night, Bulgaria by Ice Fire
3rd Prize Winner – Popular Prizes (most liked picture): Glorieto Rodolfo Sanchez Taboada, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico by Wootsor

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