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The Top Drone Photos and Video Shorts of 2018

The following is a guest post by talented Part 107 Pilot and author, Kara Murphy.

As 2018 draws to a close, it’s time to reflect back on another year of growth and ingenuity in the drone world. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and taste is certainly objective. However, it is difficult to argue that the photos and video clips presented in this article are anything less than astounding.

As technology continues to improve, and it becomes easier to access a high-quality cameras, creativity has flourished. Remote pilots, including myself, have started to capitalize on their years of capturing aerial imagery by selling prints. DJI has even launched a site for professional filmmakers and photographers.

If you’re wondering how you can hone your skills and improve your own work, the good news is that there are affordable resources available to help you level up. DJI Aerial Photo Academy has extended their tour well into the New Year, Emily Kaszton offers in-person courses on how to capture whales and dolphins in their element, From Where I Drone’s Dirk Dallas recently recorded an accessible class for CreativeLive, Drone U’s Vic Moss teaches best practices for mastering film and photography, of and Justin Odisho still offers the best Adobe Premiere Pro tutorials around.

Without further ado, here are my picks for the best drone photos and video clips created this year.


Petra Leary








Florian Ledoux

Stacy Garlington

Charlie (@deftony83)

Kristina Makeeva

Tyler Leipprandt

Jessica Loiterton

Gavin George

Emily Kaszton

iGoal Journey

Camilla Dellion

Jonas Furstone

Jude Allen

Jordan Hammond

Malthe Zimakoff


Video Clips

Fabio Knoll, Kirill Umrikhin, Florian Ledoux, Elnaz Mansouri, Alan Lemasson

Johnny Schaer

Ceebz Gerard

Toby Harriman

Happy Holidays, and have a wonderful New Year. I hope this article has encouraged you to get out and fly more.

Kara Murphy is a Part 107-certified commercial remote pilot and freelance writer residing in Michigan. Follow her aerial imagery on Instagram and learn more, here.

Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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