A dazzling collection of photographs from around the globe documents different parts of the world from a beautiful but rarely seen perspective.
Hundreds of people used drone-operated cameras or climbed to towering heights to take part in an aerial image competition hosted by Photocrowd, an online community of photographers. It offers something for everyone ― featured submissions include wildlife, sports, nature, infrastructure and cultural activities.
The contest is judged by both the Photocrowd community and a panel of expert photographers who sifted through nearly 1,000 entries to choose the winning shots.
Check out some of the competition’s most popular aerial photographs:
People gather to say their prayer at the Jamiatul Falah mosque in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
People practice the ritual of Tarpana in Kolkata, India. Tarpana is a term in the Vedic practice which refers to an offering made to divine entities. It is believed that one’s ancestors will be eagerly awaiting for Tarpana – if no offering is made, they will return to their places disappointed, and the descendant misses the blessings they would have received if the filial duties had been performed.
A small ballerina sits on a tutu.
A person with a cane is pictured in Havana, Cuba.
Stanton Moor in the Peak District of England is captured by a Phantom 4 drone camera.
A junction is pictured in a public park in Salzburg, Austria.
The Yuanyang rice terraces in are shown from above in Yunnan, China.
A poolside in Barcelona is photographed from a cable car.
A person stands in the courtyard of a residence in the older part of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
High above Cheddar Gorge in Somerset, England, one can see the road twist and turn through the landscape.
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A person sits on a bench while being photographed from a tower in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic.
A ballet is photographed in a derelict building in Birmingham, England.
A person holds an umbella on a rainy day in Antwerp, Belgium.
One of London tall ships passes under Tower Bridge.