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Daniel Franc

Fine Art Drone Photography


Daniel Franc creates fine art photographs with a drone, offering a new perspective on both external and internal worlds. He acquired his first drone more or less by chance in 2017 and since then has visited places in the most common parts of the world around us, as well as more exotic destinations. He has always been fascinated by the hidden possibilities in the world around him and was an innovator in areas that were new or off the beaten path. He has also always been close to nature, spending some time as an instructor of outdoor experiential activities in South Africa, Australia, and then in the Czech Republic.

 He has been published by National Geographic and British Royal Geographical Society, had 2 solo exhibitions and has participated in many group ones, and he is a multiple recipient of various international and Czech awards.

Photography is his creative project. In his other work, he focuses on globally connecting people around big technological topics.


Featured in National Geographic Czech Republic, January 2024


The Creative Statement

My photos are always about the wonder of discovering something hidden in an otherwise ordinary or seemingly familiar world. About the perspective that allows us to see beauty or tension where we wouldn't expect it. About mapping inner worlds through visions of the external ones. But also about admiring the landscape from a new perspective.

We only know a fraction of the world – and not just in the sense that we are unfamiliar with many foreign countries. Even in the most accessible environment around us, a change in perspective can reveal that the everyday world offers endless opportunities for exploratory expeditions. Part of my work took place in more exotic places and countries, but what really fulfills me is seeking the richness of the world where we live here and now. To find new things here by distancing from the usual perception of reality - literally rising above it. To marvel at unexpected rhythms, meanings, stories.

Looking at the world from this perspective, I often find myself questioning standard labels and categorical evaluations of what is beautiful and what is not, what is interesting and what is not. In the liberating chaos of a new view of reality, I see inspiration for relaxing stereotypes everywhere in everyday life.

This way of looking at the world also opens up new perspectives on inner worlds as a reflection of the external ones. A photo of the world around us is then a way for me to map the regions within. A way to use a photo of a landscape to visually describe emotions and the play between them that takes place inside.

Finally, drone photography for me is also a way to simply connect with nature. Part of my work is about a straightforward view of the landscape from a new perspective. I have always been close to nature, once even working in the outdoor industry for a while. Drone photography brings me back to nature, even though it's no longer about multi-day expeditions and living in the bush.


People often joyfully comment that it takes them a while to "figure out" what they are looking at, that they have to navigate through the image themselves... Yes, this is a way for me to take others on an expedition through a new world. I enjoy engaging viewers in a collective game of "what is this", to go through that exploratory path together - and often each person ends up going through it by themselves. For this reason, I do not give titles to all photos, sometimes I want the journey to be very much about the viewer and do not want to influence it too much.

I often get asked how the photos are edited. In short: they undergo regular developing and post-production but what you see in the photo was in the photographed world. I use standard photographic adjustments including work with contrasts and color saturation, cleaning, and sharpening, but I never change the location or shapes of elements, do not add other elements to the photos, nor create collages or compositions from different shots. It is crucial for me that the photo is a reflection of reality, and its processing emphasizes what I see in it - and to offer that to others.


I offer all my photos as prints. I am pleased to open these new views of the old world to anyone who is interested, so most photos are offered in an affordable open series, meaning with an unlimited number of prints and with a wide selection of sizes and media. At the same time, some of my photos are offered in a limited edition of 42 pieces. These are usually photos that are special to me in some way, and where it is important to me that they are only available in a limited number of prints.


Interview for CEWE Fotolab about drone photography, especially for beginners. (Czech only) 


Solo Exhibitions

  • "Invisible Worlds", Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece, September 2022

  • "With a Perspective", Třeboň, Czech Republic, 2019

Group exhibitions


  • Czech Nature Photo,  Prague, May-Sept, Czech Republic

  • Glasgow Gallery of Photography,  Glasgow, June, UK

  • Royal Geographical Society,  London, June-Sept, UK

  • indoor exhibition at Dalby Forest,  Sept 2022-Jan 2023 North Yorkshire, UK

  • Outdoor exhibition at Haldon Forest,  Oct 2022-Jan 2023, Devon, UK

  • Outdoor exhibition at Fineshade Wood,  Nov 2022-Mar 2023, UK

  • Indoor exhibition at Grizedale Forest,  Dec 2022- Apr 2023, Lake District, UK

  • " Silence ", Budapest, Hungary, April 

  • " Quiet Landscape" , Vermont, USA, April 

  • Chania Int'l Photo Festival,  Crete, Greece, June 

  • "Of the Earth ", Online, April

  • "Keep it Green" , Los Angeles., USA, April

  • " Purely Abstract ", California, USA, June 

  • "Czech Nature Photo" , Czech Republic, Prague and elsewhere

  • " Color ", Vermont, USA, August, 2021

  • " Contrasts ", Rome, Italy, August, 2021

  • "Abandoned", Los Angeles, USA, September 2021

  • " Van Gogh Photo Award ", Utrecht, Holland, September 2021


Competition placement (selection)

  • 1st place, ND Awards (Fine Art Landscape), 2023

  • 1st place, Czech Nature Photo (Landscape), 2022

  • 1st place, International Photography Awards (Fine Art - Nature), 2022

  • 1st place and Title "Aerial Photographer of the Year", Minimalist Photography Awards (Aerial Photography), 2022.

  • 1st place, Earth Photo by Royal Geographic Society UK (category Places), 2022

  • 1st place, Tokyo International Photo Awards (Nature Aerially), 2021

  • 2nd place, Minimalist Photography Awards 2022, Abstract

  • 2nd place, ND Awards (Water Bodies), 2023

  • 2nd place, Minimalist Photography Awards (Aerial Photography), 2022.

  • 2nd place, Czech Nature Photo (Landscape), 2022

  • 2nd place, Czech Nature Photo (Landscape), 2022

  • 2nd place, Tokyo International Photo Awards (Nature), 2021

  • 2nd place, ND Awards (Drone), 2021

  • 3rd place, Czech Nature Photo, 2022 (Landscape)

  • 3rd place, Annual Photography Awards (Drone), 2022

  • 3rd place, International Photography Awards (Oneshot - Color), 2022

  • 3rd place, IPA - International Photo Awards (Abstract), 2022

  • 3rd place, Minimalist Photo Awards (Abstract), 2023

  • Top 5 Jury Selection, IPA - International Photography Awards, 2021

  • "50 Best BnW Minimalist Photographers", 2021

  • Top 5 Jury Selection, Tokyo International Photo Awards, 2021

Honorable mentions and nominations (selection)


Media, publications

  • National Geographic Czech, Jan 2024

  • Geographical (Royal Geographic Magazine), 2022 

  • Interview, Athens's Voice, 2022 (Google translation)

  • Edge of Humanity, July 2021

  • Daily, November 2021

  •,November 2021

(and dozens of articles based on releases from exhibitions and competitions in UK, Czech Republic, Greece and globally)

Magazines and Journals

  • BNW Minimalist Photography Prize Annual Book, 2020, 2021, 2022

  • Minimalist Photography 2021 Annual Book

  • Czech Nature Photo 2022

  • Czech Nature Photo since 2020

  • 35Wards Top 100 Photographers

Selected Books and Catalogs

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