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In this photo released by Siam 360 and taken from a drone, anti-government protesters stage a rally, calling for Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down, at Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. In the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration is developing new rules as the technology makes drones far more versatile, but for now operators can run afoul of regulations by using them for commercial purposes, including journalism. (AP Photo/Siam 360)

The best drone photos on Earth

Drones are fast becoming a buzzy headache for the Federal Aviation Administration, local law enforcement officials and the occasional beachgoer.

But they've also been a boon for photography, allowing photographers and film directors to capture spectacular aerial shots that they could previously only dream of. Earlier this month, Dronestagram — a website dedicated to photos taken by the unmanned aerial devices — handed out its first-ever awards for drone photography.

The awards showcased just a few of the powerful images captured by the camera-equipped machines. Here is a larger collection of some of the world's best drone photos.

— Dylan Stableford