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Dronestagram: Award-winning aerial photographs of climate change captured by drones (PHOTO)

Until very recently, aerial photography was prohibitively expensive – helicopter pilots don't come cheap. But rapid developments in drone technology mean just about anyone can get a bird's-eye view of the world around them.

Dronestagram, a site that has been described as "Instagram for drones", allows hobbyists to share their aerial photos. To coincide with the UN Climate Summit in Paris, Dronestagram launched a competition to find the best aerial photographs that illustrate "the effects of pollution on planet Earth and the solutions to tackle the problem".

The judges awarded first prize to an aerial photo of becalmed wind turbines looming out of shallow fog near the German-Dutch border.
Dronestagram: Award-winning aerial photographs of climate change captured by drones (PHOTO)

First prize winner: Fog in Germany by SkyPro

Second place went to Alexandre Salem, who photographed a Brazilian village engulfed in mud after an iron ore dam burst in the country's biggest environmental accident. Salem said the drone allowed him to see the big picture: "Drone photography is all about reaching innovative angles. It's amazing when you capture something that you know couldn't possibly be done with any previous technology."
Dronestagram: Award-winning aerial photographs of climate change captured by drones (PHOTO)

Second prize: Church of Paracatu by Alexandre Salem

Third place went to an aerial photograph taken in October 2015, when parts of south-east Asia were blanketed in thick smoke from fires burning out of control in Borneo peatlands. Health effects were reported in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore as the pollution event dragged on for three months.
Dronestagram: Award-winning aerial photographs of climate change captured by drones (PHOTO)

Third prize: Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia by Yuyusera

The 10 winning photographs are being displayed at the Renault-Nissan pavilion at the Paris climate summit from 4 to 11 December.
Dronestagram: Award-winning aerial photographs of climate change captured by drones (PHOTO)

Fourth prize: Wind Power near Berlin by King-Fisher

Dronestagram: Award-winning aerial photographs of climate change captured by drones (PHOTO)

Fifth prize: Energy Active Office Building, Genk, Belgium by Drone-Partner

Dronestagram: Award-winning aerial photographs of climate change captured by drones (PHOTO)

Sixth prize: Holbury, New Forest, UK by Mark Baker

Dronestagram: Award-winning aerial photographs of climate change captured by drones (PHOTO)

Seventh prize: Tiny island in the Lithuania's Lake Galvė by Karolis Janulis

Dronestagram: Award-winning aerial photographs of climate change captured by drones (PHOTO)

Eighth prize: High Tide in La Jolla, California by Kdilliard

Dronestagram: Award-winning aerial photographs of climate change captured by drones (PHOTO)

Ninth prize: Dhaka, Bangladesh by Zayedh

Dronestagram: Award-winning aerial photographs of climate change captured by drones (PHOTO)

Tenth prize: Paracatu Cemiterio by Alexandre Salem

Source: International Business Times
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