Behold, the beauty of a fresh perspective.

By Katie Holdefehr
July 11, 2017

Aerial photography that captures the world from a bird’s eye view is having a moment right now. This is in large part because this photography style that was once reserved for professional photographers who could afford a private helicopter ride is now open to amateur shutterbugs, thanks to the invention of personal drones. In celebration of this booming and increasingly accessible art trend, dronestagram, a social network dedicated to aerial photography, recently held its 4th annual international photo contest—and the results are absolutely jaw-dropping. The 12 finalists were selected from 8,000 entries in three categories—nature, people, and urban—but a fourth category called “creativity” was added in response to the many amazing submissions. “The selection process was far from easy, this contest has certainly surfaced the best drone images from around the world,” said Jeff Heimsath, a contest judge and photo editor at National Geographic Traveler. When you’re ready to take an armchair tour around the world, sit back and marvel at these seven stunning images.

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