Aerial shots capture best of British countryside for drone competition

Britain from the air… by DRONE: Stunning aerial images capture beauty of the UK from above for competition celebrating the best of drone photography

  • A series of stunning aerial images have captured the best of British countryside for a drone photo competition
  • The drones show everything from agricultural views of Somerset to the jaw-dropping beauty of rural Scotland
  • There are more than 300,000 people in the UK who fly drones but many are unaware of rules regulating it 
  • The competition, run by the Civil Aviation Authority, is open until January 31, 2022 and can be entered online 
  • Every one of these incredible photographs of Britain was taken from the air using a drone.

    They show the Great British countryside in all its glory, from the spectacular agricultural views of Somerset to the jaw-dropping beauty of rural Scotland.

    The photographs are all entries into a competition called Shot On My Drone run by the Civila Aviation Authority (CAA).

    More than 300,000 Britons fly drones and model aircraft, although research by the CAA found 20 per cent of them and half of the general public are unaware that the organisation’s approval is usually needed to fly one in a town or city.

    Jonathan Nicholson, the CAA’s assistant communications chief said: ‘The launch of #ShotOnMyDrone aims to showcase some of the stunning images that UK drone users take while also reminding everyone that whether they’re flying in a town, city, or the countryside, they must comply with our Dronecode and stay safe when flying a drone.’   

    The winners in each category will have their images placed on display at the prestigious London headquarters of the UK Royal Aeronautical Society.

    The competition is open until January 31, 2022 and can be entered at caa-dronecomp.uk.

    Glen Cova is one of five such narrow vallies in Angus, Scotland, and proffers jaw-dropping views of the glaciated landscape

    Glen Cova is one of five such narrow vallies in Angus, Scotland, and proffers jaw-dropping views of the glaciated landscape

    A set of four merged structures in the Aust Viaduct, the Severn Bridge, the Beachley Viaduct and the Wye Bridge, the Severn Bridge connects England and Wales and was built in the 1960s

    A set of four merged structures in the Aust Viaduct, the Severn Bridge, the Beachley Viaduct and the Wye Bridge, the Severn Bridge connects England and Wales and was built in the 1960s

    Photographer Steve Valentine captured this gorgeous shot of sunlight bursting through the clouds above an ochre field of hay bales in Somerset

    Photographer Steve Valentine captured this gorgeous shot of sunlight bursting through the clouds above an ochre field of hay bales in Somerset

    Burrow Mump and its eighteenth century ruined church of St Michael watches over Southlake Moor in the village of Burrowbridge within the English county of Somerset, as it rises above atmospheric mist

    Burrow Mump and its eighteenth century ruined church of St Michael watches over Southlake Moor in the village of Burrowbridge within the English county of Somerset, as it rises above atmospheric mist

    The advantage of a drone's agility meant this vantage point could be acheived, producing a fine image of the bridge over the River Wear in Bishop Aukland, County Durham

    The advantage of a drone’s agility meant this vantage point could be acheived, producing a fine image of the bridge over the River Wear in Bishop Aukland, County Durham

    This mysterious crop circle was first spotted in 2018 near Sixpenny Handley in Dorset and has become a regular feature of the surrounding area

    This mysterious crop circle was first spotted in 2018 near Sixpenny Handley in Dorset and has become a regular feature of the surrounding area

    A rather wonderful winter shot of rust-coloured bushes on an emerald and yellow hill along the Ridgeway path in Oxfordshire

    A rather wonderful winter shot of rust-coloured bushes on an emerald and yellow hill along the Ridgeway path in Oxfordshire

    The Clifton Suspension Bridge has perhaps never looked more beautiful as it does from more than 340 ft in the air, which is within the CAA's Dronecode regulation cap of 400ft

    The Clifton Suspension Bridge has perhaps never looked more beautiful as it does from more than 340 ft in the air, which is within the CAA’s Dronecode regulation cap of 400ft 

    Glen Doll sits at the top of Glen Cova in the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland, with this low-flying drone shot offering a view of the mountains from just above the top of surrounding trees

    Glen Doll sits at the top of Glen Cova in the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland, with this low-flying drone shot offering a view of the mountains from just above the top of surrounding trees

    The Mendip Hills of Somerset rise up, bathed in golden light as the sun beats down from the heavens above the south west of England

    The Mendip Hills of Somerset rise up, bathed in golden light as the sun beats down from the heavens above the south west of England

    There is unlikely a more peaceful sight in Britain than the serene scene of snow-crested hilltops and fields in the ancient pathway of the Ridgeway

    There is unlikely a more peaceful sight in Britain than the serene scene of snow-crested hilltops and fields in the ancient pathway of the Ridgeway

    Drones don't only allow for amazing photoraphs of nature but feats of human engineering too. Here, rows of solar panels soak up the sun's energy and convert it into electricity in Somerset

    Drones don’t only allow for amazing photoraphs of nature but feats of human engineering too. Here, rows of solar panels soak up the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity in Somerset

    Sunset over the Lake District's Derwent Water in Cumbria was pictured offering its last throws of warmth on a set of boats for hire on the beach and piers of north west England

    Sunset over the Lake District’s Derwent Water in Cumbria was pictured offering its last throws of warmth on a set of boats for hire on the beach and piers of north west England

    This rocky beach formation on the coast of Scotland has the uncanny trait of looking like a slightly speckled azure eye from above

    This rocky beach formation on the coast of Scotland has the uncanny trait of looking like a slightly speckled azure eye from above

    The hooked curl of the River Tweed in Melrose on the Scottish Borders may one day become an oxbow lake if it's wide meander is ever cut off by years of erosion

    The hooked curl of the River Tweed in Melrose on the Scottish Borders may one day become an oxbow lake if it’s wide meander is ever cut off by years of erosion

    Brookwood Military Cemetery (pictured) is the largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission war cemetery in the United Kingdom with more than 5,800 graves

    Brookwood Military Cemetery (pictured) is the largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission war cemetery in the United Kingdom with more than 5,800 graves

    The Mendip Hills (pictured) separate the Somerset Levels from the north Somerset Levels, which are a set of marine clay "levels" at the coast and inland peat-based "moors"

    The Mendip Hills (pictured) separate the Somerset Levels from the north Somerset Levels, which are a set of marine clay ‘levels’ at the coast and inland peat-based ‘moors’

    The rolling countryside will always be instilled in the veins of most British people but this drone managed to capture a differnt sort of landscape in the humming buzz of Belfast, looking down towards the River Lagan

    The rolling countryside will always be instilled in the veins of most British people but this drone managed to capture a differnt sort of landscape in the humming buzz of Belfast, looking down towards the River Lagan

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