Dronefest 2016 awards

The inaugural drone film and photography awards...
Dronefest 2016 awards

The changing face of cinematography

The inaugural Drone Film & Photography Festival will take place tonight in London, celebrating the best in cinematography and photography captured by drones.

Drones are small, remote-controlled flying machines, often with cameras mounted on them. The most common designs have four to eight propellers allowing them to move in different directions - not just up and down. They've quickly gained a lot of popularity in the world of cinema, with their ability to capture shots that would have required a fully piloted helicopter in previous years. Now, getting the perfect panorama is easier than ever, and much more affordable.

If you fancy getting started in the world on drone photography, the smartphone in your pocket could be the first step. Check out how we got on with the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0, which is controlled with a mobile phone, through the drone's inbuilt Wi-Fi network.

Of course the drones being considered for awards at Dronefest are a little more advanced.


We’ve picked our favourites from each category, but you can see the full shortlists at the official website.


Straight up, still images. Landscapes, people, places or just you and your drone.

Farmer by Dharanikumar Konatham. You can also see Virgin Beach, Eastern Bali by Luke Phillips at the top of this article.


Designed for the adventurers, to show off their most daring and breath-taking aerial shots.

Ben Nevis, Ledge Route by Rob Johnson

Wonders of the natural world

Dedicated to the sweeping panoramas of the natural world.

Wild Scotland by John Duncan


Showcasing a range of miscellaneous technical skill, both in drone operation and footage.

Aerial showreel by Janis Klinkenberg

The awards start this evening at 18:00 GMT, so make sure you check in for the results tomorrow. And, if you fancy looking at our range of drones, head of to our sister company's website, Currys PC World.

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