See some of the world’s most breathtaking drone photography in 2015

Smartphone cameras opened the art of photography to basically everyone, and now, camera-equipped drones offer access to vertiginous new perspectives, from skyscrapers poking through clouds to vast fields laid out like a carpet.

On social media site Dronestagram, you can share those shots and see how others are exploring this new horizon in photography. The platform’s 2015 aerial photo competition, judged by National Geographic photographers and photo editors, collects the very best of user submissions. So if you found a drone under the tree this holiday season, get inspired by a selection of contest winners below:

Maringá, Paraná, Brazil (Ricardo Matiello)
Al Marmoun vertical race track in Dubai, UAE. (Shoyab)
Amalfi Bay, Italy. (IRUS)
Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Alexandre Salem)
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Tahaa, French Polynesia (Marama Photo Video)
Mont-Saint-Michel (Wanaiifilms)
Paracatu, Brazil. (Alexandre Salem)
Glorieto Rodolfo Sanchez Taboada, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico (Wootsor) (Alejandro Ochoa)
Turgoyak, Miass, Russian Federation. (Maksim Tarasov)
Xiwei Reservoir, Zoucheng, Shandong, China (AmbroseLune)
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