Camera-wielding drones are something of a controversial topic of late, given the ease with which drones can be used for ill purposes in the wrong hands. However, drones and other types of remote-controlled and wireless devices also consistently enable photographers document incredible new viewpoints of our world and its creatures.
The following image, which recently won the first international drone photography contest in the world, was created by one such photographer:
While photographer Capungaero was capturing images for an eco-tourism project on the beaches of Indonesia’s Bali Barat National Park, a golden eagle reportedly began “chasing” and “playing with” Capungaero’s Bixler UAV, which was equipped with a GoPro.
“We taking vertical aerial photos using autopilot,” Capungaero told Dronestagram, the competition’s host. “Suddenly, the eagle [started] chasing our drones, so I decided to take over and switch to manual control… [I did] a maneuver so that the eagle was positioned just in front of our camera. [It was] huge luck and a perfect moment combination.”
For winning the Dronestagram Photo Contest, Capungaero gained a few shiny new toys and honors: a DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter, a GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition, money toward a spiffy professional print, a National Geographic web feature, and publication in National Geographic Magazine’s French edition.
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