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Daniel Franc

Fine Art Drone Photography


I am a fine art and landscape aerial photographer, using my drone to create fine art photography that explores the connections between the internal and external worlds and the cracks between them. My drone photo journey began several years ago, but I have always been fascinated by the hidden possibilities in the world around us and my love for nature.

In 2016 when my son wanted a drone for Christmas. I initially thought it was an expensive and uninteresting toy, but after trying it out myself, I was hooked. This new perspective ignited my creativity and became a way for me to explore not just the outside worlds, but eventually my inner world s as well. 

I began taking photos just for myself and occasionally sharing them on Instagram. To my surprise, a curator of Trebon chateau discovered my work and offered me a solo exhibition there. This experience made me realize the powerful connection between my audience, my photos, and myself. As a result, I started taking and sharing more photos and going to all kinds of new directions of this visual expedition. 

Since then, I have participated in solo exhibitions in the Czech Republic and Greece and showcased my work in 14 other exhibitions worldwide. I have also won multiple awards, including placements in the Minimalist Photo Awards, International Photography Awards, Czech Nature photo, award by a Royal Geographical Society UK and scoring in the drone category by ND Awards.

Ultimately, aerial photography has become a vital creative outlet for me, helping me explore the inside and outside of my world. I can't imagine my life without it. Photography is my creative project. In my main job, I am connecting people globally around big themes in the digital technology. .


The Creative Statement

My photos are about capturing inner worlds and discovering new ways to see the world around me. Each photo starts with a unique perspective, and the main driving force is wonder. It's like going on an expedition to exotic landscapes that are actually all around us if we change our viewpoint. I also intentionally look for other themes in the world I see from above.

Inner Worlds


Taking photos of landscapes helps me understand my inner world. I don't usually think about it; it just happens. Important themes for me in this inner journey are:

Thrownness: The feeling of being "thrown" into the world and either struggling with it or flowing harmoniously.

Flow: Constant life movement, blending various chaotic and often contradictory energies.

Cycles: The beginning and end as connected aspects of existence.

I-Lands: Worlds where the surroundings don't matter—everything important happens within.

Cracks  Between Worlds

These photos focus on the hidden, unexpected, and undiscovered in the world. I'm drawn to things outside the usual perspective or places where different worlds intersect, creating various cracks and gaps. It's freeing for me to question standard labels and categorical meanings of what's beautiful or interesting.


Outer Worlds


Drone photography in nature is a way for me to connect with nature and landscapes. I've always been close to nature and even worked in the outdoor industry for a while. This part of my photography is more traditional landscape photography, capturing the beauty of places worldwide that bring me joy, but in a slightly different way.

In all my photos, I prefer minimalist or partially abstract expressions. I enjoy engaging viewers in a game of "what is this," taking them on an expedition through landscapes, but never being so abstract that you can't eventually understand the photo. In post-production, I focus on processing the images as I saw them, staying true to the scene's reality. I use standard photo edits and never change the location or shapes of elements, add elements, or create collages.


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)

  • 3rd place, Annual Photography Awards 2022, Special - Drone

  • 1st and 3rd place, International Photography Awards, Fineart - Nature, 2022

  • "Aerial photographer of the year" title and 1st and 2nd place in the Aerial category, Minimalist Photography Awards, 2022. 

  • Winner (category Places),Earth Photo by Royal Geographic Society UK, 2022

  • 1st and 2nd place in the category Landscape, Czech Nature Photo 2022,3rd place in the category Landscape, 2021

  • Gold (Aerial Nature), 2nd Place (All Nature Categories), Top 5 jury selection. Tokyo International Photo Awards, 2021

  • 2nd place in the category, Drone, ND Awards, 2021

  • Top 5 jury selection, IPA - International Photography Awards, October 2021

  • "50 Best BnW Minimalist Photographers" USA, 2021

Honorable mentions and nominations (selection)


Media, publications

  • 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)

Articles and interviews

  • The face of the Czech landscape in space and time, 2021

  • BNW Minimalist Photography Prize Annual Book, 2020, 2021

  • Minimalist Photography 2021 Annual Book

  • Czech Nature Photo 2022

  • Czech Nature Photo since 2020

  • 35Wards Top 100 Photographers

Book photo illustration

Selected catalogs

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