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

Alexandre Salem/Dronestagram
The view from above.
By Caitlin Hu
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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:

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

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