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During the past few years, drones have dramatically changed the landscape of photography. So much so that numerous awards, dedicated specifically to aerial photography have emerged. One of them - probably the most prestigious - is Dronestagram (previously here and here), and it has just announced the winners of its 4th annual International Drone Photography Contest.

"Drones are becoming an increasingly accessible way to get a new perspective on the world," Eric Dupin, CEO of Dronestagram said. "There literally are no physical limits as to where a shot can take place anymore."

The competition was judged on creativity and photographic quality by a panel of experts, including some from Dronestagram's partner National Geographic. Scroll down to enjoy the best of 2017 aerial photography, selected from thousands of entries from around the world.

More info: dronestagr.am

#1

Waterlily, Vietnam (People - 2nd Place)

Waterlily, Vietnam (People - 2nd Place)

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#2

Two Moo, South Africa (Creativity - Finalist)

Two Moo, South Africa (Creativity - Finalist)

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#3

The Great Sirigiya, Sri Lanka (Nature - Finalist)

The Great Sirigiya, Sri Lanka (Nature - Finalist)

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#4

Infinite Road To Transylvania, Romania (Nature - 2nd Place)

Infinite Road To Transylvania, Romania (Nature - 2nd Place)

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#5

Provence, Summer Trim, France (Nature - 1st Place)

Provence, Summer Trim, France (Nature - 1st Place)

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#6

Motorbike Bridge Over River In Thailand (People - Finalist)

Motorbike Bridge Over River In Thailand (People - Finalist)

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#9

End Of The Line, U.s. (People - 1st Place)

End Of The Line, U.s. (People - 1st Place)

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#12

Infinite Road To Transylvania, Romania (Nature - Finalist)

Infinite Road To Transylvania, Romania (Nature - Finalist)

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#13

Tatacoa Desert, Colombia (People - Finalist)

Tatacoa Desert, Colombia (People - Finalist)

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#14

Ugo Le Marin, France (Creativity - Finalist)

Ugo Le Marin, France (Creativity - Finalist)

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh! this is drawn in the sand and then an Ariel pic was taken, wow that took me way too long to realize that!

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#15

Sunrise At The Iguazu Falls Balcony, Argentina (Nature - Finalist)

Sunrise At The Iguazu Falls Balcony, Argentina (Nature - Finalist)

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Im from Argentina and was lucky enough to be there at that balcony. I saw many rainbows that day. It was AMAZING. Truly amazing ♥

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#16

Portuguese Surfer, Portugal (Nature - Finalist)

Portuguese Surfer, Portugal (Nature - Finalist)

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#17

Concrete Jungle, United Arab Emirates (Urban - 1st Place)

Concrete Jungle, United Arab Emirates (Urban - 1st Place)

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Really, this is first place? It looks like every other aerial photo of a city =/

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#20

Put Your Sports Shoes On, Laos (People - Finalist)

Put Your Sports Shoes On, Laos (People - Finalist)

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#21

Great Wall In Sunset, Covered With Snow, China (Nature - Finalist)

Great Wall In Sunset, Covered With Snow, China (Nature - Finalist)

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#22

Goal, Spain (People - Finalist)

Goal, Spain (People - Finalist)

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