Drone photography: on top of the world

Jaw-dropping pictures taken from drones capture extraordinary views that the human eye may otherwise not see.

Man hangs from a cliffImage copyright: MAX SEIGAL
Max Seigal shot this awe-inspiring photograph of a rock climber scaling a cliff in Moab, Utah.
Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi at sunset immersed in fogImage copyright: FRANCESCO CATTUTO
Swathed in fog, the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi in Umbria, Italy, looks beautiful as the setting sun bathes its towers in light.
Lots of white sheep against green grassImage copyright: SZABOLCS IGNACZ
Clusters of white sheep are seen scattered over the vibrant grass of Romanian fields.
A line of camels walk through the desertImage copyright: TODD KENNEDY
Long shadows are cast as a caravan of camels walks along Cable Beach, West Australia, at sunset.
An impressive aerial view above an erupting volcano on Reunion IslandImage copyright: JONATHAN PAYET
Appearing through the steam and gas is an impressive aerial view of an erupting volcano on Reunion Island.
Summer camp in Gran Canaria on the finest playa de Amadores.Image copyright: KAROLIS JANULIS
Rhythmic patterns of umbrellas and beds during summer on the Playa de Amadores in Gran Canaria.
A couple hold hands surrounded by palm treesImage copyright: HELENE HAVARD
Surrounded by moving palm trees, a couple lie together in a clearing on Huahine island, French Polynesia.
Ushiku Daibutsu statueImage copyright: CLIECHTI
The huge bronze Ushiku Daibutsu statue looks out over the verdant landscape of the Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.
A bird flies over an islandImage copyright: ACTUA DRONE
By chance, a drone catches a bird mid-flight over the paradise of French Polynesian beaches.
An aerial shot of a winding road and autumnal treesImage copyright: CALIN-ANDREI STAN
Sighisoara, Transylvania, is the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler – otherwise known as Dracula – and this shot imagines what he might have seen on his nocturnal flights.
Patterned pavements contrast with green palm treesImage copyright: ULYSSES PADILHA
Shaded by palm trees, pedestrians make their way along the striking graphic pavements of Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro.
An aerial view of a beachImage copyright: DRON EXPERT
The low sun creates long shadows, and impressive patterns, across the ridges of the sand on this Polish beach.
Niagara FallsImage copyright: RYAN JONES
Water thunders downwards as the drone hovers over Niagara Falls.
A famer bends over in a field of chilliesImage copyright: AUROBIRD
This farmer in Guntur, India, is a lone white dot in a sea of bright red chillies.
A triangle of skiers from aboveImage copyright: MAKSIM TARASOV
A formation of skiers on a frozen hillside of the Adzhigardak mountain, Russia.
Sunset in VernazaaImage copyright: J COURTIAL
An idyllic view of the brightly-coloured buildings of the Italian seaside town of Vernazza.

All photographs published by Dronestagram.