I found this article from Design You Trust while surfing photo contests. Drone photography used to be grainy images or super expensive machines, and now they are commonplace enough we have whole photo awards for them!
Most people don’t know but we have drone photography classes at ARC. A drone photographer has to have passed a certification test and have a license to shoot in California, but the class helps with that. It’s taught through the Design Hub. I suggest everyone take Artph 305 first, and practice on exposures and camera functions, but I always have a day where students play with them in Artph 360 Studio Lighting and introduce those students to the Design hub at ARC, which has a series of internships for photographers working with various other projects; 3d printing, animation, engineering, etc. Take a look at some of the amazing work out there!
Protests, Nature and A World in Lockdown Are Captured from Above in Drone Photo Awards 2020
‘Sunrise Surfing’ by Jim Picôt was commended in the sport category.
Jim Picôt/Drone Photo Awards
Animals, landscapes, protests and empty streets, all caught by photographers from hundreds of feet above, have been highlighted by judges of the 2020 Drone Photo Awards. The annual competition dedicated an entire category to pictures that showed the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, with several haunting images of empty cities honored by the judges.
But shots of roads packed with protesters also featured, along with scenes from nature as seen by an eye in the sky.
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This beach volleyball shot by Kenny Beele was also highlighted.
Kenny Beele/Drone Photo Awards
‘Hot Attack’ by Marc Le Cornu was commended by judges.
Marc Le Cornu/Drone Photo Awards
A photo of thousands of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong was the runner-up in the People category.
Tugo Cheng/Drone Photo Awards
‘Colored Watermix’ by Ignacio Medem, highlighted in the nature category.
Ignacio Medem/Drone Photo Awards
Greece’s Kleanthis Vikelidis stadium was captured in flames by Dimitris Tosidis.
Dimitris Tosidis/Drone Photo Awards
Indian rhinos look for new grazing grounds, captured by Rajarshi Banerji.
Rajarshi Banerji/Drone Photo Awards
Images showing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, like this one by Ingrid Hendriksen, were given their own category.
Ingrid Hendriksen/Drone Photo Awards
A photo from South India by Rakesh Pulapa shows how densely-packed human communities co-exist with natural landscapes.
Rakesh Pulapa/Drone Photo Awards
Stefan Emanuel’s “Time is the only witness” shows a slow pace to life in the Italian countryside.
Stefan Emanuel/Drone Photo Awards
Fabio Muzzi caught pictures of an empty Italy during the coronavirus pandemic.
Fabio Muzzi/Drone Photo Awards
Carmine Chiriacò’s image of a marina in Dubai caught the judges’ eyes.
Carmine Chiriacò/Drone Photo Awards
“Boats Of Buriganga” by Md Ali Asraf Bhuiyan was honored in the urban category.
Md Ali Asraf Bhuiyan/Drone Photo Awards
Thomas Vijayan’s shot of hundreds of flamingos was also picked.
Thomas Vijayan/Drone Photo Awards
An image by Azim Khan Ronnie shows Eid prayers.
Azim Khan Ronnie/Drone Photo Awards
A picture of a Shangai skyscraper in the early morning light.
Rex Zou/Drone Photo Awards
A buffalo herd moves to shelter, in this picture by Mehmet Aslan.
Mehmet Aslan/Drone Photo Awards
“Forest Path” by Mehmet Aslan.
Mehmet Aslan/Drone Photo Awards
Dubai in lockdown, captured by Bachir Moukarzel.
Bachir Moukarzel/Drone Photo Awards
Sheep shelter from the sun, in a shot by Marek Biegalski.
Marek Biegalski/Drone Photo Awards