When it comes to photography, no machine can compare to the impeccable eye of the artist. But for some pictures, drones — yes, the same automated flying gadgets known primarily for their use in
warfare — come out on top. Literally.
Drones are able to go where few humans can. They zoom over cities, landmarks and unfriendly terrain, giving us an unrivaled look at some of the most incredible places in the world. On
Dronestagr.am, an image- and video-based social platform for drone enthusiasts, the best of the best come out to play. "Share your best aerial pictures and let's build a world map of our Earth with a bird's-eye view," the site challenges.
What initially began as a Web platform has
since expanded to include an Instagram account, Facebook page, Twitter profile and an app. Last year, Dronestagr.am even partnered with National Geographic to hold a photo contest.
What the shots lack in the sparkling resolution of traditional digital photography they make up for in wild perspectives. Below, we've put together some of the best.
1. Annecy, France Source: drone-cs/Dronestagram 2. Alhambra, Spain Source: migueljavalos/Dronestagram 3. The Leaning Tower of Pisa Source: kolibik-foto/Dronestagram 4. Atrium of an apartment building, Singapore Source: jericsaniel/Dronestagram 5. The Eiffel Tower Source: romeoch/Dronestagram 6. Coco Palm Bodu Hithi, Maldives Source: Badruddeen/Dronestagram 7. Eagle flying over Bali Barat National Park, Indonesia Source: capungaero/Dronestagram
This photo was the winner of the Dronestagr.am/
National Geographic photo contest. 8. Heroes' Monument, Caraiman Mountains, Romania Source: Stefan Marinica/Dronestagram 9. Weeping Rock, Zion, Utah Source: romeoch/Dronestagram 10. Niagara Falls Source: kolibik-foto/Dronestagram 11. Big Sur, California Source: romeoch/Dronestagram 12. Sydney Harbor Bridge, Australia Source: nivong/Dronestagram 13. Lake Annecy, France Source: Wooloomooloo/Dronestagram 14. Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia Source: LudoVic/Dronestagram 15. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Source: PIKTair/Dronestagram 16. Lisya Gora, Russia Source: SNUFF FPV/Dronestagram 17. Florida Keys, Florida Source: amkeene/Dronestagram 18. Aigues-Mortes, France Source: Wooloomooloo/Dronestagram 19. Herrsching, Germany Source: Luftbild-One/Dronestagram 20. Strasbourg, France Source: rennestv/Dronestagram 21. Balneário Camboriú, Brazil Source: LoveMyJob/Dronestagram 22. Le Dézaley, Switzerland Source: looka/Dronestagram 23. Guaratuba, Brazil Source: diogoglovatski/Dronestagram 24. Teahupo'o, Tahiti Source: kalou974/Dronestagram 25. Iquitos, Peru Source: Moritz Ott/Dronestagram 26. Marseille, France Source: princehamlet/Dronestagram 27. Venice, Italy Source: Dronestagram 28. Voorhout, the Netherlands Source: firstname.lastname@example.org/Dronestagram 29. Chamonix, France Source: dronealps/Dronestagram 30. Auckland, New Zealand Source: Eclyps/Dronestagram 31. Prague Source: kobilik-foto/Dronestagram
Dronestagr.am even has you covered on video:
Tour New York City, peek over Niagara Falls, surf in Hawaii, get up close with a volcano, ride with whales or relax on a beach in the Maldives.