31 Stunning Photos Taken by Drones Show Us Our World Like We've Never Seen It Before

31 Stunning Photos Taken by Drones Show Us Our World Like We've Never Seen It Before
Source: Dronestagram
Source: Dronestagram

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

2. Alhambra, Spain

3. The Leaning Tower of Pisa

4. Atrium of an apartment building, Singapore

5. The Eiffel Tower

6. Coco Palm Bodu Hithi, Maldives

7. Eagle flying over Bali Barat National Park, Indonesia

This photo was the winner of the Dronestagr.am/National Geographic photo contest.

8. Heroes' Monument, Caraiman Mountains, Romania

9. Weeping Rock, Zion, Utah

10. Niagara Falls

11. Big Sur, California

12. Sydney Harbor Bridge, Australia

13. Lake Annecy, France

14. Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia

15. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

16. Lisya Gora, Russia

17. Florida Keys, Florida

18. Aigues-Mortes, France

19. Herrsching, Germany

20. Strasbourg, France

21. Balneário Camboriú, Brazil

22. Le Dézaley, Switzerland

23. Guaratuba, Brazil

24. Teahupo'o, Tahiti

25. Iquitos, Peru

26. Marseille, France

27. Venice, Italy

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28. Voorhout, the Netherlands

29. Chamonix, France

30. Auckland, New Zealand

31. Prague

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.

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