Earth From Above

Explore our awe-inspiring planet, continent by continent, through incredible images captured from the air by the likes of drones and satellites…

The pearls of Bahrain
Shaped like an ornate necklace, the Durrat Al-Bahrain islands are an artificial archipelago, whose name translates as ‘the most perfect pearl’. To create the 20km2 of new land off the south-east coast of Bahrain, 34 million cubic metres of material was dredged from the seafloor of the Persian Gulf. The islands are like mini towns with luxury homes, shopping malls and schools.
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The land of extremes
The rich red-orange sand dunes of the Namib Desert stretch inland towards the Naukluft Mountains. Most moisture from the Atlantic falls as rain near the coast, yet some rolls across the arid desert as fog, quenching wildlife and oxidising the iron in the sand dunes to create their red colour. Highland water flows down the Kuiseb River greening the land to the north. In the south, as the Tsondab River hits the desert, water evaporates, leaving behind white salt and mineral deposits.
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The great desert
This shot of part of t he Sahara in Western Libya was captured by EarthKAM – a NASA programme where students from all over the world can ask for images to be taken from the International Space Station of specific locations on Earth. The Sahara is the largest hot desert in the world, with northeasterly winds that can reach hurricane levels, and as little as 2.5cm of rain on average each year.
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Island birth
The world’s youngest island, Nishinoshima, is made up of two sections which formed over 60 years apart. The lower section was created in 1973 when an underwater volcano erupted, while the upper part first broke through the ocean’s surface in November 2013, merging with its neighbour soon after. Every day, the island produces 80 Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of lava.
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At the heart of green energy
Over 4,000 mirrors direct sunlight to a boiler in a central tower at the Khi Solar One power plant in the Northern Cape, South Africa. At full capacity the boiler heats up to a toasty 530ºC. The plant began commercial operation in February 2016, and supplies energy to around 45,000 homes.
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more in:
Earth from Above
Our planet as you’ve never seen it before

Part of the BBC Focus Magazine Collection

Prendre Conscience de la Fragilité de la Terre par Thomas Pesquet

Ce qui a le plus frappé le spationaute français pendant ses six mois dans la Station internationale, c’est la fragilité de la Terre: «l’atmosphère est vraiment une mince bande ridicule qui contient toute la vie. Autour, il n’y a rien, à des milliards d’années-lumière. J’ai vu la déforestation, les bandes rasées qui s’enfoncent dans les forêts en Amérique du Sud, les fleuves qui charrient des pollutions, des boues, le dégazage des bateaux, la pollution atmosphérique – je n’ai jamais pu prendre une photo de Pékin, par exemple. Voir tout cela, non plus seulement l’intellectualiser, ça change quelque chose… L’écologie, c’est bien, c’est important. Mais il est difficile de se représenter les problèmes, leur échelle nous dépasse. Là, j’ai vu, j’ai ressenti avec mes sens. Mince, c’est vrai, c’est là!

Risquer sa vie en allant dans l’espace fait réfléchir à ce qui est réellement important. J’aimerais que tous les décideurs de la planète voient le spectacle de la Terre depuis l’espace. Il n’y a pas de frontières. Il est extrêmement difficile de distinguer un pays d’un autre. La Terre n’est ni plus ni moins qu’un gros vaisseau spatial aux ressources limitées, avec un équipage de 7 milliards de personnes. La seule chose à faire, c’est de voyager en bonne intelligence et d’entretenir le vaisseau, comme nous le faisons avec l’ISS, pour que le voyage continue. Sinon, ça va s’arrêter très vite. Dans quelques centaines d’années, peut-être…»

Une Terre Si Fragile
Par Thomas Pesquet

à voir dans Animan N201

In conversation with Peter Cox

Peter Cox left behind the heady world of IT infrastructure design in the United States to return to his native Ireland, where he is now a full-time professional landscaper. A gallery owner and workshop leader, he is also passionate about technological innovation and has become a leading light in drone photography…
Interview by Nick Smith

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In conversation with Peter Cox
more in Outdoor Photography – September 2017

Featured Photographer: Jason Mageau

Jason Mageau is a professional photographer with years of experience shooting for major brands and insurgent underground artists alike. He has a bulletproof reputation in the music industry, as a photographer, web desogner, personal manager, and young entrepreneur.

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Featured Photographer: Jason Mageau
More in the first special edition of DEZINE.

As always we’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our readers and featured artists. We hope you enjoy this edition of the magazine.

Check out the full magazine at Dezine Magazine

The winners of the 4th annual International Drone Photography Contest

Thousands of entries were submitted from everywhere in the world by talented professional photographers and amateur drone photo enthusiasts.
The competition was judged on creativity and photographic quality by a panel of experts including National Geographic Deputy Director Patrick Witty and Photo editor Jeff Heimsath as well as Emanuela Ascoli, Photo editor of National Geographic France and Dronestagram.
We have decided to create this year a special category, named “Creativity” to reward the amazing creativity of our talented community.

Two Moo by LukeMaximoBell
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1st Prize Winner – Nature: Provence, summer trim by jcourtial
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1st Prize Winner – Category People: End of the line by Martin Sanchez
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1st Prize Winner – Category Urban: Concrete Jungle by bachirm
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2nd Prize Winner – Category Urban: Dawn on Mercury Tower by alexeygo
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2nd Prize Winner – Nature: Infinite Road to Transylvania by Calin Stan
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2nd Prize Winner – Category People: Waterlily by helios1412
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The winners of the 4th annual International Drone Photography Contest
via dronestagram

U.S. UNESCO Sites: Present and Proposed

From the glowing lava flows of Hawaii to the pearly ice fields of Alaska, the United States’ natural and cultural heritage is as vast and diverse as the country itself. The U.S. currently claims 23 UNESCO World Heritage sites, which capture thousands of years of natural history and human innovation. An additional 20 natural and cultural sites ranging from under-the-sea monuments to urban architectural wonders are also vying for the renowned title. Find out which sites have already been inscribed for their “outstanding universal value,” and which tentative sites may join the list soon.

Redwood National Park
Photograph by Paul Giamou, Getty Images
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Photograph by Art Wolfe, Getty Images
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Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument
Photograph by PJF Military Collection/Alamy Stock Photo
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Yellowstone National Park
Photograph by Tom Murphy, National Geographic Creative
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Alaskan Glaciers
Photograph by Frans Lanting, National Geographic Creative
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from “43 Incredible Photos of U.S. UNESCO Sites: Present and Proposed”
more at National Geographic

Drone Wanderlust

Renée Lusano has flown drones for years — but it took some time for her travelbased aerial photography to really take off. Explore Renée’s personal journey to social media and selfie success.

«All Hail The Queen»
Renée Lusano, publicly dubbed the “Queen of Dronies,” explores her drone journey, the ridiculous royal title, and how to get recognized in the drone world.

more in Drone360 Magazine – May/June 2017