Shot by user Aero Retina Optics using a DJI Phantom 3, this image shows a daring rope access worker tending to a wind turbine in southern Alberta, Canada
Such is the captivating nature of drone photography that online communities have quickly formed around this emerging, high-flying art form. SkyPixel, which last month announced the finalists from its 2016 contest, is one such hub, and Dronestagram is another, whose turn it is now to showcase its finest images from the year.
Dronestagram is an online platform where drone photography enthusiasts can share, like and comment on images grabbed by these flying robotic cameras. Midway through each year, Dronestagram teams up with National Geographic to run an annual drone photography competition across four specific categories, and then at the end of each year it rounds up its favorite selections for our viewing pleasure.
This year's collection of 20 features a few photos to take honors in the earlier contest, but a number of fresh images, too. Guillaume Jarret, head of Dronestagram's community, tells us the platform now has 35,000 registered users and the 2016 selections rose above some 20,000 uploads to make the cut. Anyway, that's enough words, here are a few of our favorite photos, and you can click through to the gallery to browse the entire set.
The winding road makes its way through the Romania's Bogata Forest on its way to Transylvania. Shot by user deepbluero using a DJI Phantom 4.
This selfie, or "dronie" as they are called, was shot above the Huia Dam in New Zealand by user Brendon Dixon using a DJI Inspire One Pro.
God knows how many visitors have snapped photos of Niagara falls, but few turn their lens on it from this kind of angle. Shot by user ryanjones using a DJI Phantom 4.
These are just a few of the shots to catch our eye. You can view all of Dronestagram's picks for 2016 in our gallery,