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The World’s Best Aerial Photography: Top 20 Drone Photos of the Year

Drones have brought an extraordinary revolution in photography and shown here are the best images captured in 2017.

Drone photography is changing the way we view the world. The opportunity to see the world from above gives us a metamorphic experience where a circus suddenly looks like a box of sweets, a leafless tree transforms into a spider web, or a desert turns into a pastel painting. We rarely get the chance to turn our perspective upside down but the aerial photographers deliver us a whole feast of colors, texture and outstanding beauty we can never appreciate from down here.

The Dronestagram community is the perfect site online to see such artistic shots of landscapes. It probably holds the largest collection of aerial photos submitted by drone lovers worldwide. The site allows both professional and hobby photographers to share their captures in one place so others can see their works and get inspiration from them.

Drones are slowly taking over the world of photography and it is very easy to know why.

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The days of DSLR camera photography is slowly passing by. While this flying equipment was initially utilized in a few selected industries like filmmaking or the military, the availability of more affordable and easy-to-use drones made conventionalists switch to aerial photography. In fact, drone makers are already equipping their products with top-quality cameras that can compete with DSLRs. What makes these cameras pretty special, though, is the bird’s eye perspective that makes landscapes look larger and longer without the need of building higher platforms. Also, their ability to have a closer look on the ground than a helicopter has been dubbed “revolutionary.”

This kind of adorable shot can never be possible with a DSLR or even the best smart phone camera, but with drones, it is.

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Below are 2017’s top 20 drone images that have just been announced by the community.

#1. Unique friendships are formed where the sand meets the water.

#2. You will also see the beauty of diligence from another perspective.

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#3. The large polar bear Nanuk crossing between two pieces of sea glacier in Inuktitut.

#4. The rare moment you can swim with a whale on the same sea.

#5. The peace you get from living in isolation when the water rises.

Source: instagram
#6. The stairway to a new paradise can never be too long.

#7. How can a hidden world be this wonderful?

Source: facebook
#8. That perfect moment you crossed Route 66.

Source: Raf Willems
#9. A ride through the amazing combination of nature and human’s work.

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#10. The salt fields of Bac Lieu looking like snow ball pastries lined on pans.

Source: Helios1412
#11. If you just look closely, the family is sailing on a lake rather than a cracked mud surface.

Source: instagram
#12. The scenic Tropical Island Beach of Dominican Republic.

#13. Beautiful picture of marigold harvest season.

#14. Escaping insanity to find serenity.

Source: Yannick68
#15. Iceland’s Gullfos Waterfalls boasting its double cascade.

Source: instagram
#16. Dubai skyscrapers from a different view.

Source: instagram
#17. Portuguese surfer braving the cold of February.

#18. Dawn captured from the Mercury Tower.

#19. Hippopotamus in Serengeti National Park.

Source: Yannick68
#20. We would all love to live in this Sveti Stefan Hotel in Montenegro.

Source: smakadron

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How Children Are Affected When Parents Spend So Much Time on Mobile Phones

This should be a wake-up call for parents everywhere.

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As parents, we all know that excessive screen time is bad for children. In fact, a recent study even tells us that it can lead to brain damage. This should be a serious warning for all of us to ensure that our kids do not stay stuck using their mobile devices all too often.

But have you ever imagined the negative effects if the roles are reversed? Some parents are guilty of spending too much time on their phones, too, right? And how exactly are the children affected when that happens?

Well a global survey gives us the answers.

Conducted by AVG Technologies, the said survey was answered by over 6,000 children from Brazil, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, United Kingdom, and the United States. The participants were composed of youngsters ages 8 to 13 years old.

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The Sad Story of the Filipino Slave Whose Tattooed Skin Was Displayed at Oxford

In the late 1600s, an unfortunate Filipino slave with intricate tattoos was brought to England and became known as the “Painted Prince.”

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In the late 1600s, a Filipino slave caused quite a sensation when he arrived in England. The Filipino was given the name "Prince Giolo." People also called him the "Painted Prince" because his body was adorned with intricate tattoos. However, the man didn't exactly live like royalty. In fact, he was treated like a freak and dismissed as a savage.

As it turns out, the Filipino slave wasn't really named Prince Giolo. His real name was said to be Jeoly. His journey to England wasn't by choice. He was a victim of circumstance and other people's greed.

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Comics Artist Shows Us How Vastly Different Western and Chinese Cultures Are

Hilarious and interesting at the same time. Check out #5!

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What first comes to mind when you hear about China? Some of us would likely think about the fantastic food, its famous Great Wall, or perhaps some of the not-so nice aspects of the country (such as blatant piracy of products).

Well whether you’ve been there or not, there’s no denying that Chinese culture is indeed vastly different compared with the western. We’ve all seen that in books, movies, and in the news. Or maybe you’ve even personally noticed some differences as you observed your Chinese classmates, co-workers, or neighbors.

One artist on Instagram is currently making waves online for accurately depicting the distinct cultural disparaties between China and the west.

Born and raised in Beijing, Siyu has eventually spent 10 years “traveling, studying and working abroad in the US, UK, and France.” So yes, this artist has seen and experienced what it feels like living in both sides of the world – and this served as the inspiration for an ongoing weekly online comics series called Tiny Eyes.

In a BoredPanda post, Siyu shared:

“I started ‘Tiny Eyes’ comics a year ago in the hope of sharing Chinese culture through everyday life. To me, learning about other cultures has always been a fun experience, and I want to pass this feeling to people who are curious about China.

“In lots of my comics, I compare Chinese culture to western culture. Through comparison, we realize how differently we act in front of the same situation and how we tend to think in a certain way instead of another.

“In the end, every culture is ‘weird’ in its way, but it’s also the weirdness that makes it interesting.”

Check out the comics below along with some captions from the artist:

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