26/10/2016 6:40 AM AEDT | Updated 30/11/2016 3:20 AM AEDT

These Vertigo-Inducing Photographs Will Take Your Breath Away

Simply stunning.


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:

  • Ripon Barua/
    People gather to say their prayer at the Jamiatul Falah mosque in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
  • Debarshi Mukherjee/
    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.
  • Pauilne Pentony/
    A small ballerina sits on a tutu.
  • Willem Kuijpers/
    A person with a cane is pictured in Havana, Cuba.
  • Verity Milligan/
    Stanton Moor in the Peak District of England is captured by a Phantom 4 drone camera.
  • Mick Wells/
    A junction is pictured in a public park in Salzburg, Austria.
  • Bjorn Svensson/
    The Yuanyang rice terraces in are shown from above in Yunnan, China.
  • Bjorn Svensson/
    A poolside in Barcelona is photographed from a cable car.
  • avikbangalee/
    A person stands in the courtyard of a residence in the older part of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Verity Milligan/
    High above Cheddar Gorge in Somerset, England, one can see the road twist and turn through the landscape.
  • The Silver Citizen/
    A person sits on a bench while being photographed from a tower in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic.
  • Russ Tierney/
    A ballet is photographed in a derelict building in Birmingham, England.
  • Willem Kuijpers/
    A person holds an umbella on a rainy day in Antwerp, Belgium.
  • DPhotography/
    One of London tall ships passes under Tower Bridge.