Best drone photos ever: Stunning images taken from the sky

Best drone photos ever: Stunning images taken from the sky

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Fields of colour

Another incredible drone photo from way up in the sky showing brilliantly colourful fields and a lone building at the edge of the river.

A globe with a view

Drones are packed with all sorts of clever camera tech these days. They include the ability to create images like this that turn a standard aerial photo into a globe-like view from above. This photo essentially makes a small island look like part of a new planet.

Ugo le marin by Rga

Romain Gaillard said this picture was taken early in the morning. “I had gone to the beach to take some pictures,” he explained. “As I watched my children playing on the beach… I had the idea of using the sand as a large sheet of paper. So my two sons and myself drew a scene related to the sea – on the image you can see my oldest son.”

Shadows from above

This image is from professional photographer and drone enthusiast Tomas Vam Houtryve who has a series of similarly awesome photos shot from the sky. Shadows seen from this angle appear larger than life and so much more impressive too.

A peaceful seaside view

It’s not often you see seaside views like this with empty beaches and peaceful waterways. This drones-eye view also adds an interesting angle to what is no doubt already an idyllic nature spot.

Santa Maddalena village, Italy

This incredible photo shows the beautiful green hills and surroundings of Santa Maddalena in Italy. A brilliantly colourful shot of nature made possible by a man-made drone.

Waterfalls and rainbows

Another fantastic aerial image shows the water cascading from a waterfall creating rainbows in the spray below.

Autumn fragrance

Taken in the skies of China, a number of magnificent photos were snapped by this professional photographer using a DJI Phantom 4 Pro. One of these images shows the rural villages and the hard work that goes into reaping the crop of fruit. This aerial view was chosen as the runner-up in the professional story category. We’d highly recommend checking out the rest of the images too.

The photographer commented:

“Autumn season is the season of harvest, full of golden fruit is the earth’s contribution to the hard work of mankind.”

Fun with boats

We’re not really sure what’s going on here. Whether it’s a boat race or some sort of organised display, but this drone photo certainly shows a spectacle as people on boards paddle their way around the urban riverways.

Steeples and sailboats

This brilliant aerial view captures the majesty of a seaside town including the local church tower and all the sailboats moored on the dock. These skyline views are so easy to capture thanks to modern drones and yet we’re not likely to see them regularly in our daily lives.

Two moo by Luke Bell

Luke Bell, a Cape Town-based videographer and photographer, said he took this photo on a cold, early morning in South Africa on a farm near Stellenbosch. “Two cows drinking from a nearby dam caught my eye when I saw their long shadows,” he explained. “I launched my drone to capture the scene in a way impossible with any other type of camera.”

Mountain biking with friends

If you’re going to do something insane like take a mountain bike up an actual mountain, then what better way to capture it than with a drone. Add a dash of black and white wonder and you’ve got a real winner.

Splashing in crystal clear waters

Another brilliant aerial view of some swimmers enjoying the calm crystal clear waters below. This simple, yet brilliant image was submitted to Dronestagram and we’re certainly jealous of the view.

The Angel of the North

The Angel of the North is most often seen by passing motorists and those who make the effort to stop to take a look. Captured from above using a drone though, it looks even more impressive.

Fortifications on the hill

There are many hidden gems like this scattered around the countryside. Castles, churches and medieval fortifications in hills and mountainsides designed to give the best view of the surroundings to keep the occupants safe. The original builders would never have seen them from this height though.

Night line

This image shows a Chinese fisherman working in the waters, plying their trade. This image was one of a series of similarly beautiful images captured above the waters.

Surfing for photos

Quite a number of these drone images feature photos captured above water of one kind or another. This one features an awesome shot of a surfer gliding over crystal clear waters leaving a calm wake as they go.

Santa Maddalena village, Italy

This incredible photo shows the beautiful green hills and surroundings of Santa Maddalena in Italy. A brilliantly colourful shot of nature made possible by a man-made drone.


This brilliantly simple image was captured on a DJI Mavic Pro and shows a dancer in the centre of an ancient courtyard in Shanghai, China.

Photographer Cocoanext commented:

“Shanghai’s only nearly 190-year-old courtyard house with northern features is rarely seen in the south, where dancers dance not only skirts but also old Shanghai memories”

Miles and miles of concrete

Another shot from high above the land shows houses and buildings stretching off as far as the eye can see. This drone photo shows the image man has on this world and just how insignificant we are.

Peace, Spain by luckydron

Luis Saguar Domingo, a 24-year-old, said he got his drone as a gift at Christmas and was in Madrid looking for a nice place to fly the new drone. He feels relaxed when flying simply because of all the beautiful landscapes he’s able to see, and when he took this picture, he thought it was “really cool and symmetrical”. From this point of view, Domingo said it is really “hard taking a pic like that”.

Serious swimmers

Sometimes drones are used for more serious undertakings. They’re great for sporting events too. This aerial view seems to show a triathlon in action with some hardcore swimmers wading into cold waters to race.

A bird’s eye view

Aerial views from drones are great, there’s no denying, but what about throwing a winged marvel into the mix too. This magnificent bird doesn’t seem even mildly put out by the drone buzzing around in its airspace.


This aerial image really plays tricks on the eye giving the impression of a cyclist mounting the side of a skyscraper. Nigel Kwan’s image was skillfully captured using a Mavic Pro.

Wonderfully winding rivers

A brilliant view of untouched nature at its finest. A winding river cuts through a thick wood in the middle of nowhere. A perfectly peaceful to relax or at least to disturb the silence with some drone photography.

An aerial selfie

We all love a good selfie, this chap has taken it to another level by sending his camera into the sky. This drones-eye view shows an urban jungle with the pilot and his friend standing on the nearby rooftop.

Baby lobsters breeding farm

Above the waters of Vietnam, Trung Pham captured this image of the lobster farms of the Phu Yen province. The striking colours and mix of man-made materials with nature make for an incredible photograph.

Calm waterways

A serene scene over calm waters as a long boat breaks the surface and paddles down the river. This colourful shot by Ric Netto is certainly something special.

Geometry of liquid gold

Javier del Cerro captured this brilliant aerial snap of the amazing symmetry of the olive tree groves of Castilla La Mancha, Spain.

An aerial view of history

A once magnificent building is captured by a drone as it tragically crumbles. A worn and weary structure, weathered by time and worn out without upkeep. A sad sight somehow made beautiful from above.


This aerial photograph was captured at 1,500 feet above the rivers of Iceland. The swooping lines show the beauty of nature and this image is part of a series of equally magnificent snaps with a similar theme.

Smokestacks and silt

Sometimes modern drones can be used for professional undertakings too. They’re commonly used to survey local landscapes, building works and industrial sites. This view certainly shows a lot of industrial activity, it might not be as marvellous as the others on our list, but it certainly shows the versatility of modern drones.

A steep fall

This aerial image shows a terrifying vertical drop down a cliff face. The climber is barely visible against the impressive backdrop, even with the bright green top.

Stadium sights

Another classic drone photo shows a packed football stadium with a sea of spectators watching the action unfold.

The sun is busy

This drone photo shows an aerial view of workers drying noodles on various racks. The photographer captioned the image:

“On October 5, 2017, villagers in Xiashi Town, Kaili City, Guizhou Province, were busy drying noodles.”

A blurry race track

We love this drone photo of a race track. Tyre marks on the corners show where all the fast action and quick turns happen. From up high, the track looks tiny too, but comparing to the local surroundings and buildings, it’s clearly larger than it first appears.

Greener than green

There are some brilliant images in this list – colourful and wonderful snaps of our world from above like you’re rarely likely to see in your daily lives.

Raising ducks by the river

In the skies above Vietnam, a drone captures ducks being raised by the local farmers. A mass of white ducks relax on the peaceful riverways while the farmer works.

Fun with fireworks

How often do you get to see fireworks from above? Not a common sight, yet utterly magnificent. Certainly a stadium with a view.