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Dronestagram's stunning photo collection places nature firmly in focus

Dronestagram's stunning photo ...
The towering skyscrapers of Dubai
The towering skyscrapers of Dubai
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This shot shows Melissani Cave on the Greek island of Kefalonia from above
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This shot shows Melissani Cave on the Greek island of Kefalonia from above
Water lily harvesting in Vietnam's Mekong Delta
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Water lily harvesting in Vietnam's Mekong Delta
The towering skyscrapers of Dubai
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The towering skyscrapers of Dubai
Workers tend to the Mercury Tower in Moscow
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Workers tend to the Mercury Tower in Moscow
Workers ply their trade on the salt fields of Bac Lieu in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam
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Workers ply their trade on the salt fields of Bac Lieu in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Surfer heads for the swell off the coast of Portugal
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Surfer heads for the swell off the coast of Portugal
Small Island home in Alexandra Bay, New York State, US
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Small Island home in Alexandra Bay, New York State, US
Gardeners pick marigolds on a golden morning in Thailand
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Gardeners pick marigolds on a golden morning in Thailand
Walkway down to the beach of Algarve, Portugal
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Walkway down to the beach of Algarve, Portugal
Quad bikes tear through the sand of the Namibian desert
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Quad bikes tear through the sand of the Namibian desert
Scooters pass along a bike bridge in Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Scooters pass along a bike bridge in Chiang Mai, Thailand
A pair of stingrays approach a pair of beachgoers in French Polynesia
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A pair of stingrays approach a pair of beachgoers in French Polynesia
A Ford Mustang carries a couple down Route 66 in the US
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A Ford Mustang carries a couple down Route 66 in the US
A polar bear crosses between two pieces of sea ice in Canada
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A polar bear crosses between two pieces of sea ice in Canada
Perfect symmetry at the beach in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil
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Perfect symmetry at the beach in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil
A swimmer gets (kinda) up close and personal with a whale
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A swimmer gets (kinda) up close and personal with a whale
Tropical beach in the Dominican Republic
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Tropical beach in the Dominican Republic
Hippos move through the waters of Tanzania
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Hippos move through the waters of Tanzania
Some clever editing makes it look like this family is boating on a lake of cracking mud
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Some clever editing makes it look like this family is boating on a lake of cracking mud
Aerial shot of Sveti Stefan hotel in Montenegro
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Aerial shot of Sveti Stefan hotel in Montenegro
Iceland famous Gullfoss waterfall
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Iceland famous Gullfoss waterfall
Secluded beach house in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Secluded beach house in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Drones have put powerful new tools in the hands of photographers, and the results are only getting more spectacular. The gear is getting cheaper, the folks flying it are getting more skillful, and one of the best places to track the progress is dedicated drone photography platform Dronestagram. Here are its best snaps of 2017.

Thousands of photos are shared on Dronestagram each year by pilots from all around the world, and at the end of each year its hand-picked photo collection makes for some serious eye candy. Camera drones have made it possible to see the world in ways we haven't seen it before, and the 2017 selection certainly does its bit to drive this point home.

There's a polar bear skipping between icebergs, hippos doing their thing in a Tanzanian river and spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. The collection puts nature firmly in the spotlight, but also includes some incredibly serendipitous encounters between it and people, like this pair of stingrays approaching a pair of beachgoers in French Polynesia.

A pair of stingrays approach a pair of beachgoers in French Polynesia
A pair of stingrays approach a pair of beachgoers in French Polynesia

That's not to say there aren't photos where the landscape is left to do the talking, like this shot of a coastal stairway in Portugal.

Walkway down to the beach of Algarve, Portugal
Walkway down to the beach of Algarve, Portugal

Midway through each year Dronestagram runs a photography competition in conjunction with National Geographic, and a few prizewinners from the 2017 event are also featured here (naturally), so some will seem familiar to close observers. But for the most part, the set features fresh, spectacular perspectives on our planet and its inhabitants.

Check them out in the gallery.

Source: Dronestagram

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2 comments
ljaques
Out.Freakin'.Standing
bwana
Great group of aerial photos!