An Italian photographer has won Dronestagram's International Drone Photography Contest, held in partnership with National Geographic.

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Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, Umbria, Italy ©Francesco Cattuto

This year www.Dronestagr.am, the first social network dedicated to aerial photography, set out to find the best aerial photographs out there. The competition received 6000 entries, which illustrated the vast diversity of the genre, but one image of Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi (above) jumped out.

The competition was broken down into categories that included Travel, Sports adventure and Nature wildlife: three genres that until recently have been traditionally captured on a DSLR, proving that as technology advances, exciting new things are happening in the photographic world.

The winner, project manager and avid photographer Francesco Cattuto, travels in his spare time capturing ‘fleeting moments of human experience’. His image, of the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, at sunset, immersed in fog, was particularly special and won 1st place in the travel category.

With many major cities banning the use of drones, it is becoming increasingly challenging to document places from above, nethertheless, Francesco has documented locations in Italy, Sardinia and the Maldives, stating that he aims to take his drone around the world.

A few more images that stood out were as follows:

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Volcano ©Jonathan Payet

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Cable Beach ©Todd Kennedy

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Moab Rock Climbing ©Max Seigal

The use of drones as a contemporary photographic practice has revolutionised the sort of images that we’re seeing on a mass scale; this new approach that photographer’s are taking has unlocked the capability to document the world from a new angle, with relative ease.