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The very best drone photography of 2016

Camera-equipped drones have captivated photographers and viewers alike with breathtaking views of humanity and the natural world. They’ve introduced breathtaking professional-quality ariels into amateur vacation videos, while also allowing those around the world to witness the destruction in Aleppo with disturbing clarity.

The drone photography community Dronestagram just released a collection of their favorite drone photography of the year. If you find yourself the owner of a new drone this holiday season, here are some examples that set the bar very, very, very high for your next Instagram post.

Best Drone Photos
Rock climbing in Moab, Utah, US (Max Seigal/Dronestagram)
Best Drone Photos
Piton de la Fournaise Volcano, Réunion Island, Indian Ocean (DroneCopters/Dronestagram)
Best Drone Photos
A summer camp at Amadores Beach, Gran Canaria, Spain (Karolis Janulis/Dronestagram)
Best Drone Photos
Big Buddha, Ushiku Daibutsubu, Japan (Cliechti/Dronestagram)
Best Drone Photos
A bird attack in French Polynesia, South Pacific Ocean (Actua Drone/Dronestagram)
Best Drone Photos
Bogata Forest, Romania (Calin Stan/Dronestagram)
Best Drone Photos
Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Ulysees Padihla/Dronestagram)
Best Drone Photos
Międzyzdroje Plaża, Poland (Drone Expert/Dronestagram)
Best Drone Photos
Niagara Falls, New York, US (Ryanjones/Dronestagram)
Best Drone Photos
A red chili farmer in Guntur, India (Aurobird/Dronestgram)
Best Drone Photos
A ski race at the Adzhigardak complex in Asha, Russia (Maksim Tarasov/Dronestagram)
Best Drone Photos
A wind turbine in Stirling, Alberta, Canada (Aero Retina Optics/Dronestagram)
Best Drone Photos
Fields of lavender in Valensole, Provence, France (jcourtial/Dronestagram)
Best Drone Photos
Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy (jcourtial/Dronestagram)
Best Drone Photos
A snorkeler follows a Manta Ray off the coast of the Yasawa Islands, Fiji (Captain Salty/Dronestagram)
Best Drone Photos
Cable Beach, Australia (Todd Kennedy/Dronestagram)
Best Drone Photos
Swarm of sheep in Romania (Thedon/Dronestagram)
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