Lonely Planet Writer

Are these the 20 best drone photographs of 2016?

This year, Lonely Planet Travel News covered some of the most beautiful, interesting and inspiring stories centred around videos and images taken by drone. There was the Japanese couple that took their honeymoon selfies to a new level, the breathtaking footage that showed us the hidden beauty of West Serbia, and the video that showcased the crystal clear waters of the French Riviera.

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Bogata Forest, Romania. Image by Calin Stan

And now as 2016 draws to a close, Dronestagram, a social network with the largest online community dedicated to drone photography has shared a selection of 20 stunning images to close off the year.

Cable Beach, Australia.
Cable Beach, Australia. Image by Todd Kennedy
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Piton de la Fournaise Volcano. Image by DroneCopters
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A snorkeller follows a Manta Ray, Yasawa Islands, Fiji. Image by Droneworks NZ
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Fields of Lavender in Valensole, Provence, France. Image by jcourtial
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Bird attack in French Polynesia. Image by Actua Drone
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Red Chilli Farmer, Guntur, India. Image by Aurobird
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Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy. Image by jcourtial
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Wedding in Huahine, French Polynesia. Image by Helene Havard
Cable Beach.
Cable Beach. Image by Todd Kennedy
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Summer Camp, Amadores, Gran Canaria, Spain. Image by Karolis Janulis
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Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, Umbria, Italy. Image by Fcatutto
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Huia dam New Zealand. Image by Brendon Dixon
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Niagara Falls. Image by Ryanjones
Rock Climbing, Moab, USA.
Rock Climbing, Moab, USA. Image by Max Seigal
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Miedzyzdroje plaża, Poland. Image by Drone Expert
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Swarm of sheep, Romania . Image by Thedon
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Big Buddha, Ushiku Daibutsuby, Japan. Image by cliechti
Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Image by Ulysses Padilha
Stirling, Alberta, Canada.
Stirling, Alberta, Canada. Image by Aero Retina Optics

More stunning drone photography is available on Dronestagram.