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These incredible drone photos will blow you away (not like that)

Drones often get a bad rap as instruments of mechanized war. The tool is only as evil as its owner -- drones can actually do a lot of good. And sometimes, they just do cool stuff. Case in point: They serve champagne to rich people, record stunning travel videos, and take amazing, wanderlust-inducing photos you couldn't shoot in your wildest iPhone dreams. 

With submissions from all stretches of the globe, this year's Dronestagram Photo Contest yielded stunning results. The photos fell into two categories: Most liked, and shots that won over Dronestagram and National Geographic judges. Featured in that order below, the top three in each category were awarded prizes for their imagery.

Prepare yourself to be blown away by awesome aerial photos that only a camera-wielding mini flying machine could take.

3. Sofia, Bulgaria

2. Sanary Sur Mer, France

1. Tamul waterfall, Mexico

3. Annecy, France

2. Manila, Phillipines

1. Bali Barat National Park, Indonesia


Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Yes, that's a British accent. No, she doesn't watch Doctor Who. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.