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 drone-cs/Dronestagram 2. Alhambra, Spain migueljavalos/Dronestagram 3. The Leaning Tower of Pisa kolibik-foto/Dronestagram 4. Atrium of an apartment building, Singapore jericsaniel/Dronestagram 5. The Eiffel Tower romeoch/Dronestagram 6. Coco Palm Bodu Hithi, Maldives Badruddeen/Dronestagram 7. Eagle flying over Bali Barat National Park, Indonesia capungaero/Dronestagram
This photo was the winner of the Dronestagr.am/
National Geographic photo contest. 8. Heroes' Monument, Caraiman Mountains, Romania Stefan Marinica/Dronestagram 9. Weeping Rock, Zion, Utah romeoch/Dronestagram 10. Niagara Falls kolibik-foto/Dronestagram 11. Big Sur, California romeoch/Dronestagram 12. Sydney Harbor Bridge, Australia nivong/Dronestagram 13. Lake Annecy, France Wooloomooloo/Dronestagram 14. Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia LudoVic/Dronestagram 15. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates PIKTair/Dronestagram 16. Lisya Gora, Russia SNUFF FPV/Dronestagram 17. Florida Keys, Florida amkeene/Dronestagram 18. Aigues-Mortes, France Wooloomooloo/Dronestagram 19. Herrsching, Germany Luftbild-One/Dronestagram 20. Strasbourg, France rennestv/Dronestagram 21. Balneário Camboriú, Brazil LoveMyJob/Dronestagram 22. Le Dézaley, Switzerland looka/Dronestagram 23. Guaratuba, Brazil diogoglovatski/Dronestagram 24. Teahupo'o, Tahiti kalou974/Dronestagram 25. Iquitos, Peru Moritz Ott/Dronestagram 26. Marseille, France princehamlet/Dronestagram 27. Venice, Italy Dronestagram 28. Voorhout, the Netherlands email@example.com/Dronestagram 29. Chamonix, France dronealps/Dronestagram 30. Auckland, New Zealand Eclyps/Dronestagram 31. Prague 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.