Drone photography diehards pick their favorite shots of 2017

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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.

Namibia

DJI_0047-7-1200x800Quad bikes cross sand dunes in Namibia. (LukeMaximoBell/Dronestagram)

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Rhino-1-1200x800Hippos in Serengeti National Park. (yannick68/Dronestagram)

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Ping-River-Bridge-Edited-1-1200x800Two scooters crossing a bridge in Chiang Mai, Thailand. (tominspires/Dronestagram)

Algarve, Portugal

taviraDJI_019120170222-Edit-1200x800A long staircase leading to one of the most beautiful beaches in Algarve, Portugal. (jcourtial/Dronestagram)

Alexandria Bay, New York

BoldtBatch-13-1-1200x800A house surrounded by water in Alexandria Bay, New York. (JustenSoule/Dronestagram)

Bac Lieu Province, Vietnam

DJI_0058-1-1200x800Salt fields in Bac Lieu Province, Vietnam. (helios1412/Dronestagram)

Moscow, Russia

alexey_goncharov_-_rassvet_na_merkurii-1200x800Window washers hang alongside Mercury City Tower in Moscow, Russia. (Alexey Goncharov/Dronestagram)

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

IMG_6830-1200x800 (1)Skyscrapers in Dubai. (bachirm/Dronestagram)

Kefalonia, Greece

DJI_0085-Edit-2-Edit-1200x800 (1)Melissani Cave on the Greek island of Kefalonia. (Calin Stan/Dronestagram)

Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

1-1-1200x800A view of a hotel along the coast of Montenegro. (makadron/Dronestagram)

Gullfoss waterfall, Iceland

DJI_0469-Pano-1200x800The Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland. (Vaidas/Dronestagram)

Nunavut, Canada

2017LEDOUX_030_002_013-1200x800A polar bear moves between pieces of sea glacier. (Florian Ledoux/Dronestagram)

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