#Dronestagram: The Search for Instagram Accounts Run by Female Pilots


The gap between the presence of men and women in the realm of technology can be overwhelming. Women Who Drone seeks to encourage more women and girls to join the drone community. Nowadays, communities rely on social media and Instagram is a significant platform for pilots of all levels to share their work. Capturing amazing photographs and videos, drones thrive on Instagram. For this article, I explored Instagram to find accounts dedicated to drone photography by female pilots.

As a newbie to the world of drones, I wanted to explore the #dronestagram tag and find accounts by female drone photographers. Under the tag, I searched through the top posts. Looking through the tag was much more time consuming than I expected as a myriad of the tag’s top posts were either by men, collectives, or profiles with no person’s name attached. I was able to find the profiles of

Then, I began looking through the #dronegirls tag. This tag was full of work by women all over the world. A few of my favorite accounts include:

Clare Neilson

Clare Neilson is based in Australia, and her work mainly consists of aerial shots of water and the beach. My favourite post of hers is this sunset photo at Merewether beach. I like how the peach sunlight reflects on the dark indigo of the waves.

Cathy Waite: The Sea Diaries

Cathy Waite is also a seascape photographer. Her profile abounds with surfers and crashing waves. My favorite of her posts is her first sea drone photo taken back in February. The tiny forms of the surfers and how the water transitions from lighter in the center to darker at the edges creates a massive impression.

Emily Kaszton

Emily Kaszton is also a photographer who’s profile contains posts of seascapes. She usually posts photos of the beaches of California, and posts come with nice little descriptions of the locations, piloting/editing tips, and the Song of the Day. This post of two whales is my favorite. It's always a treat to see animals in their habitat and the way the waves curl in this shot is reminiscent of teal fabric.

There were all sorts of beautiful images found on Instagram by men and women, but it’s always nice to support women in their endeavors. Creating a community where women feel welcome to explore their interest is important. Of course, if you are also looking for more female pilots to follow you can’t go wrong with the #WomenWhoDrone tag, and check out the official Women Who Drone Instagram account.

I am a writer and an artist based in Georgia. Specializing in illustration, graphic design, and video art, I love to explore the new ways technology intersects with art. I think drones have done amazing things for photography and video art, making what would previously be costly and difficult more accessible. As a complete novice, it was only recently that I saw what independent artists could do with their drones, and I continue to be impressed by the sights that drones are able to explore and the images they can capture.

Instagram: @tyesha.ferron


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