There’s a hot – and slightly terrifying – new trend in the world of social media…
Selfies are so last year, don’t you know? The new kid in town is the ‘dronie’ – a picture or video taken with a camera on top of a drone. Often in some pretty heart-stopping locations.
While the Oxford English Dictionary gave the humble selfie its ‘Word of the Year’ accolade in 2013, the hi-tech dronie is muscling its way in as the latest craze – and there’s even a dedicated website called dronestgram showcasing them.
While we would of course advise any budding snappers to practice good safety and adhere to drone rules at all times, these award-winning shots from across the globe might just inspire you…
1. Eagle Eyes
Image by capungaero
This incredible photo takes the stunning natural beauty of one of Bali’s most treasured spots, Barat National Park – and captures it quite literally from a bird’s-eye view. Shot from a device hovering just feet away from an eagle with its wings splayed, this image demonstrates the amazing potential of the dronie to find fresh, exciting perspectives. The sky really is the limit.
2. Where’s Wally?
This stripy snap of a group of fun-loving carnival-goers in Limassol, Cyprus took first prize in National Geographic’s Best Drone Photography competition, this year. It proves you don’t have to have a natural wonder on your doorstep to grab yourself an award-winning shot – a bunch of guys and gals in fancy dress will do just fine. We think we can spot him, can you?
3. Above The Mist
Here, Ricardo Matiello shoots Maringa Cathedral, an iconic figure in his hometown of Maringá, Brazil, soaring triumphantly skywards through a thick blanket of fog. Apparently the cathedral’s conical design was inspired by Soviet sputnik satellites, so Matiello thought it appropriate to snap it with a flying object of his own. With over 43,000 views, this is one of the most viewed dronies on the web. And it’s only going to get more popular. Watch this space…
4. Say It With Flowers
This colour-rich marvel shows a group of men inspecting tulip fields in Holland to weed out virus-infected flowers. Multiple shades of green mingle with deep reds, purples and oranges to give a beautiful rainbow-style effect, while a murky-looking stream trickles through the middle, in contrast. Flower-bout that?
5. What A Dive
“Every day at Plazuela Sánchez Taboada, down in Mazatlán Mexico, a cliff diver risks his life for some pesos and the cheer of the crowd.” This was what the photographer of this death-defying daredevil had to say about this snap. Hair-raisingly brilliant, but completely bonkers – definitely don’t try this at home. Or even abroad.
Like what you see? Choose from one of our incredible destinations, and start shooting some awe-inspiring pics of your own.