Britain.. from the Air.. by Drone: These stunning aerial photos capture the beauty of Britain from above. This competition celebrates the best drone photography

  • For a competition of drone photos, a series of breathtaking aerial photographs have been captured of the most beautiful British countryside.
  • These drones can show you everything from Somerset’s agricultural landscapes to rural Scotland’s breathtaking beauty.
  •  There are more than 300,000 people in the UK who fly drones but many are unaware of rules regulating it 
  • This competition is run by Civil Aviation Authority and you can participate online until January 31, 2022 


Each one of these amazing photographs of Britain were taken using a drone.

The stunning countryside of Great Britain is shown in these photos, from Somerset’s breathtaking agricultural scenes to rural Scotland’s jaw-dropping beauty.

These photos are entries to a competition entitled Shot On My Drone, which is run by Civila Aviation Authority (CAA).

There are more than 300,000. Britons who fly model and drone aircraft. However, research from the CAA has shown that 20 percent of those surveyed and half the public don’t know that approval of an organisation is required to fly one in a city or town.

Jonathan Nicholson is the assistant communications chief at the CAA. He said that #ShotOnMyDrone will showcase the amazing images taken by UK drone users. It also reminds everyone to follow our Dronecode, and be safe while flying drones.   

Each category’s winners will see their photos displayed at the London headquarters of UK Royal Aeronautical Society.

This competition will be open through January 31, 2022. You can register at

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

Glen Cova, one of five narrow vallies found in Angus (Scotland), offers jaw-dropping views over 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

An amalgamation of four separate structures, including the Aust Viaduct (the Severn Bridge), the Beachley Viaduct (the Wye Bridge) and the Beachley Viaduct (the Wye Bridge). The Severn Bridge links England and Wales.

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

Steve Valentine, a photographer in Somerset captured this stunning shot of sun shining through clouds over an ochre field hay bales.

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 with its 18th century ruin church of St Michael looks out on Southlake Moor, Burrowbridge in Somerset. As it rises above the misty atmosphere,

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

A drone’s agility allowed for this view point, which produced an excellent image of the bridge crossing the River Wear in 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

It was first discovered in Dorset in 2018.

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

This is a wonderful shot taken in winter of the rust-coloured shrubs on an emerald-yellow hill, along the Ridgeway path.

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

Clifton Suspension Bridge, with its 340 feet in the air view of the bridge from above is undoubtedly the best. This distance falls within the CAA 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 can be found at Glen Cova’s top in Scotland’s Cairngorms national park. The drone shot below offers a low-flying view of Glen Cova and the surrounding mountains just above the 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

Somerset’s Mendip Hills rise high, bathed with golden light from the sun as it beats down over the south west.

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

It is hard to imagine a peacefuler sight than that of the Ridgeway’s ancient path.

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

Amazing photories of nature and human engineering are possible with drones. These solar panels absorb the sunlight’s energy, and then convert it to 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 on Derwent Water, Lake District in Cumbria. This was taken as the water offers its final warmth to a fleet of boats that can be hired on the beaches and piers north of England.

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

The uncanny quality of this rocky rock formation off the Scottish coast looks like an azure-colored eye when viewed from the top

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

If the River Tweed’s meander becomes too wide due to years of erosion, then the hook curl at Melrose on Scotland Borders might one day turn into an oxbow Lake

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 biggest Commonwealth War Graves Commission War Cemetery in the United Kingdom. It has more than 5,800 burials

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"

Mendip Hills are seen separating the Somerset Levels (pictured) from the north Somerset Levels. They consist of a collection of marine clay “levels” at the coast, and peat-based inland’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

British folk will forever be drawn to the rolling countryside, but the drone captured something different in Belfast. The drone was looking down at the River Lagan.