View from the top: The best travel Instagrammers using drones

There's a new frontier in travel photography, with drones bringing us a whole new perspective of our world.

Drones have sent the photography world into a frenzy of excitement over the past five years and there is one place where they reign supreme - Instagram.

A growing community of intrepid photographers are all too happy to share their incredible views of the world via everyone's favourite photo-sharing app.

Thanks to these incredible new perspectives, we're seeing our surroundings and nature in breathtaking new ways that will humble and amaze you.

Here are our favourite aerial photographers from across the globe, who'll take you on journeys to incredible places and give you a new take on life.
 

1. @rajveerjohal
 

 

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If you gave David Hockney an Instagram account and a drone, his feed would look something like Rajveer Johal's. This Sydneysider understands that nothing says ‘dreamy getaway’ quite like expanses of crystal-clear water, white sands and bright pastel beach umbrellas.
 

2. @henry_do
 

 

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Whether Henry Do is flying us over the most secluded pockets of Yellowstone National Park or the bubbling lava of Hawaii’s famed volcanoes, this is one aerial photographer who’s certainly not afraid to brave the extreme. Scrolling through his account will set your heart racing.
 

3. @hytha.cg
 

 

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Moonlighting as a student of architecture, Chris Hytha captures the romantic drama of America’s most historic city, Philadelphia. Moody shots of skyscrapers poking through low-hanging mist as the sun rises will leave you speechless. And while a master of the aerial shot, check out his work underground in Philly’s famed rail network, too.

 
4. @spathumpa
 

 

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Costas Spathis definitely has an eye for making the chaotic appear divinely organised. Celebrating the beauty of Greece, Costas' images are a curious study of scale, pattern, drama and serenity.
 

5. @safromabove
 

 

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Whether Bo Le is snapping the autumnal transformation of South Australia’s pine forests or the bubble-gum pink salt lakes that punctuate the coastline, his images make you wish you were a bird. South Australia’s most spectacular landscapes are caught here in all of their technicolour splendour.
 

6. @airpixels
 

 

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Tobias Hägg captures a truly magical view of Scandinavia. Whether from the snowy treetops of Northern Europe’s most secluded mountains, or primordial fogs of Norway seen through the lens of the Northern Lights, you can experience Europe like never before.
 

7. @vincentjamesphotography
 

Join Vincent James on an airborne journey through California. Hailing from San Francisco, Vincent is a true believer in the adage ‘the early bird gets the first worm’ - many of his shots are taken at dawn before the landscape emerges from its foggy blanket.
 

8. @martinrakphoto
 

 

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Martin Rak is an untiring lover of nature – and it’s certainly not hard to see why! His images of the world capture the incredible artistry of our environment. With a feed of ridiculously stunning shots of Prague’s sweeping hillsides, you’ll definitely do a few doubletakes.
 

9. @nk7
 

 

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This China-based photographer snaps the bustling urban life of some of the world’s biggest cities. Whether aerial shots of China’s green spaces, the latest urban architecture or simply just the country’s largest buildings peeking through the sunset fog, this photographer reminds us of the enormity of our surroundings, the communities that coexist alongside us, and those unforeseen wonders we never knew existed.
 

10. @experienceabove
 

 

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On both US coasts, the team at Experience Above take us on a bird’s eye tour of America’s great cities. Always with an eye to the curious geometries of these urban jungles, their photography captures the patterns and symmetries that keep city life ticking.

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