Drones have allowed photographers to explore perspectives previously only available to those with access to airplanes and helicopters. Their relative ease of use and increasingly cheaper costs have revolutionized photography for professionals and amateurs alike.
Drone photo-sharing site Dronestagram has released their favorite images of the year, selected by the site’s moderators. The selections showcase a diverse range of locations and subjects including a leaping polar bear in Arctic Canada, a sweeping waterfall in Iceland, and window washers hanging off a Moscow skyscraper.
Quad bikes cross sand dunes in Namibia.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Hippos in Serengeti National Park.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Two scooters crossing a bridge in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
A long staircase leading to one of the most beautiful beaches in Algarve, Portugal.
Alexandria Bay, New York
A house surrounded by water in Alexandria Bay, New York.
Bac Lieu Province, Vietnam
Salt fields in Bac Lieu Province, Vietnam.
Window washers hang alongside Mercury City Tower in Moscow, Russia.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Skyscrapers in Dubai.
Melissani Cave on the Greek island of Kefalonia.
Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
A view of a hotel along the coast of Montenegro.
Gullfoss waterfall, Iceland
The Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland.
A polar bear moves between pieces of sea glacier.