The Galápagos Islands

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Galápagos - The Enchanted Islands

Santiago Uribe

Check out this stunning DVOW-nominated drone video of the Galápagos Islands, compliments of contributor Santiago Uribe.  A territory of Ecuador, the group consists of 18 main islands plus over 100 smaller ones, the largest of which is the island of Isabela.  The islands straddle the equator, just over 900 km (around 560 mi.) from the mainland at their closest point.  Famously described by Charles Darwin in his book Voyage of the Beagle, the islands are one of the world's top eco-tourism destinations.  

Biosphere on the Chilean Salt Flats

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Salt Flat Surire - Desert of Atacama - Chile

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Chile is blessed with a plethora of stunning natural sights.  One of them is the Surire Salt Flats.  It's located in the Atacama Desert in the Arica y Parinacota Region, one of the sixteen primary divisions (states) in this South American country.  The home of several flora and fauna species which are unique to this region, most of the area is now part of the Salar de Surire Natural Monument.  It's been designated a biosphere by UNESCO.  The mountain in the background is the Arintica stratovolcano.

Polar Bears in Nunavut

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Majestic Beast Nanuk

Florian Ledoux

Nunavut is the newest Canadian province, having been carved out of the Northwest Territories in 1999.  It is a vast Arctic land, lightly occupied and bearing greater resemblance to Greenland or Antarctica than it does to other Canadian provinces.  Award winning aerial videographer Florian Ledeaux shot this stunning video of a polar bear walking across the icebergs floating in the Arctic Sea.  The video powerfully illustrates the fragility of the world's eco-system to continued global warmimg trends.  

Cape Verde, Africa

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EXPLORING CAPE VERDE

Rein Martens

Prepare to be amazed by this stunning video from the island nation of Cape Verde off the coast of North Africa, compliments of top contributor and pilot Rein Martens. Known also as Cabo Verde, it consists of a group of ten volcanic islands that resemble a backwards "C" on a map.  Conquered by Portugal in the 1400's, the islands went on to play a critical role in the African slave trade.  Independent since 1975, Cape Verde has become an eco-tourism magnet. This video was a DVOW finalist in August, 2019.

Marine Wildlife of Greenland

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Greenland Exploration

Florian Ledoux

Award winning content creator Florian Ledeaux created this stunning drone video of Greenland, the world's largest island, which is part of the territory of Denmark in the North Atlantic Ocean.  Sailing around Greenland and towards northern Canada, he used his drone to create a breathtaking aerial view of massive icebergs, walruses, Beluga whales, and even unicorn-like Norwals.   An avid environmentalist, Ledoux aims to use his videos to illustrate the fragility of the eco-system to climate change. 

Cairns: Australia's Eco-tourism Hub

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Cairns: The Wild Side of Australia

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Top content creator Zimydakid does it again with this fantastic video from the area around Cairns in eastern Australia.  Cairns is the hottest ecotourism destination in Australia; it's the city closest to the heart of the Great Barrier Reef (which runs along most of the coast of the state of Queensland) as well as the Cape Tribulation nature area where crocodiles can be found in abundance.  In Zimydakid's well-developed style, the video features a mix of drone, ground camera, and underwater video footage.  

Amazonian Bolivia

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Sunset flight deep in Amazon Jungle, Bolivia

Jturner

The mighty Amazon River is not exclusive to Brazil, and it actually originates in several countries of South America.  Contributor and drone pilot JTurner takes us on an aerial tour of the Amazon Basin in the northern part of Bolivia.  Using his DJI Mavic Pro drone he gives us a bird's eye view of the area around Madidi National Park.  Covering parts of both the Andes region and (what you will see here) the Amazon Basin, the park is one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet. 

Australia's Great Barrier Reef

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Heron Island from Above

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Contributor MantaMattMedia created this epic drone video of Heron Island, a coral cay located on the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef off of eastern Australia.  The Great Barrier Reef is the largest system of coral reefs in the world.  It is situated in the Coral Sea, which separates mainland Australia from the South Pacific islands such as New Caledonia.  Heron Island is one of the few inhabited islands amongst the 900 islands which make up the great Reef, and a popular departure point for divers.

The Rainforests of Sumatra

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Jungle Life: Drone View of a Jungle Village

AerialRhianna

Top contributor AerialRhianna created this epic drone video of Bukit Lawang, a village in the heart of the jungle of North Sumatra in Indonesia.  The village sits on the Bahorok River, which flows eastward through the province before discharging into the Malacca Strait.  Bukit Lawang is home to the the largest animal sanctuary of Sumatran orangutan, and also the main eastern access point to the Gunung Leuser National Park.  The area has become one of Indonesia's top eco-tourism destinations.

Chiapas: Mexico's Eco-Tourism Hotspot

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Chiapas, Mexico

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Take an aerial tour of one of Mexico's most beautiful states, compliements of contributor Postandfly.  Chiapas is the southernmost of the 31 states which make up the country of Mexico.  It has a long coastline with Guatemala, longer in fact than its borders with neighboring Mexican states.  It's a land of lush rainforests and spectacular waterfalls, with a culture that has retained some of its pre-Columbian elements.  For these reasons, it's considered one of the top eco-tourist destinations in Mexico.

Dominica: Green Island of the Caribbean

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Island of Adventure - A Journey Through Dominica

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The island nation of Dominica is one of the Windward Islands in the eastern Caribbean Sea, situated between Guadeloupe and Martinique.  With its active volcano of Mount Pelée, lush rainforests, gushing waterfalls, and the world's second largest hot spring, it has developed strong appeal as an eco-tourism destination.  In this drone video by top contributor msember, you can check out this beautiful spot, sometimes called variously the Nature Island of the Caribbean or the Green Island.  

Nature Reserve in Argentinean Patagonia

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Laguna Nimez - El Calafate - Patagonia

Luiz Gerbase

Check out this stunning drone video of a nature reserve area in the Patagonian region of southern Argentina, compliments of contributor Luiz Gerbase.  It's called the Laguna Nimez, and it's situated in the southerwestern corner of the Province of Santa Cruz, the next-to-southernmost of the country's 23 provinces.  It sits right next to the city of El Calafate, one of the three main cities of Santa Cruz.   Laguna Nimez was created as a means to protect the unique flora and fauna that are native to the area.

Eco-Tourism in India's Western Ghats

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Chikmagalur: Through My Flying Eyes

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Chikmagalur is a district in the mountains of the state of Karnataka in southwestern India.  The mountains here are part of the Western Ghats range which runs down the length of India's western coastline.  The interior of Karnataka has become something of a magnet for eco-tourism, as the area is home to thousands of rare species of flora and fauna.  Located in the south-central part of the state, the area is home to numerous wildlife preserves and parks.  This video was filmed with a DJI Spark drone.  

Kenya's Masai Mara Game Preserve

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Safari Masai Mara Kenya 03/2018

Kukso66

Contributor Kukso66 used drone and ground camera footage to create this video record of a trip to Kenya's  famous Maasai Mara game reserve.  It's situated in the southwestern part of the country, bordering Tanzania's Serengeti National Park.  The reserve covers just over 1.5k square km (around 580 square mi.).  It's home to a substantial large cat population, and is directly in the path of the annual Great Migration by which wildebeests, zebras, and related animals travel in and out of the Serengeti.

Peru's Pacific Bird Sanctuary

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Punta San Juan Natural Reserve Peru

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At Punta San Juan in southern Peru, a nature preserve has been established to study rare birds in an increasingly endangered environment.  The preserve is home to 4,500 species of birds, some of them quite rare, including the Humboldt Penguin.  Top content creator and pilot Danielgarate77 used a drone to visually capture the diversity of the bird life in this park.  The reserve is located on Peru's Pacific coastline, roughly equidistant from Peru's two largest cities, Lima and Arequipa.  

Bird Sanctuary in Central Turkey

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Dance of the Flamingos: Turkey's Wetlands

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While Turkey may be best known for its great cities, mountains, and beaches, it's also home to some of the world's most important wetlands.  The country has over 300 designated wetland areas, more than any country in Europe or western Asia.  These marshy areas perform critical environmental functions, not least as sancturaries for the country's massive bird population.  In this drone video by Secoko, you'll get an aerial view of a flock of flamingoes frolicking in the wetlands of Central Anatolia.  

Rainforests of Reunion Island

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Reunion Island: Lake Horses

Christian CUVELIER

Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean has  something for everyone, including surfers, volcano hikers, and, less well well known, rainforest seekers.  Away from the active volcanoes, much of the island consists of lush dense rainforest landscape, one of the most pristine such environments in the world.  Top contributor Christian Cuvelier used a drone to shoot this memorable aerial video of a group exploring this marvelous island's eastern, rainforest-covered reaches on horseback.    

Jalapão: Brazilian Microregion

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Morro do Gorgulho (Morro Vermelho) - Jalapão - Brasil

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Check out this drone video of some stunning rock formations deep in the interior of Brazil, compliments of contributor victorvideomaker.  The giant sandstones are located in a "microregion" called Jalapão in Tocantins, Brazil's newest state.  For a microregion, Jalapão is still quite large - it covers about 34k square km (around 13k square mi.).  With its towering rocks, sand dunes, and numerous streams, Jalapão was used as a filming location for the 18th season of the Survivor reality TV series.  

Milford Sound, New Zealand

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Reflecting Aoteroa

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Top contributor and pilot sfdrones created this stunning drone video of the area around Milford Sound on the South Island of New Zealand.  The title of the video is a play on words; "Aoteroa" is the name for New Zealand used by the Māori, the country's indigenous inhabitants.  The video brilliantly captures the reflections of the Southern Alps on the pristine waters of the area, widely considered amongst the most beautiful in the world.  Milford Sound lies in the southwestern part of the South Island.

Indonesia's Komodo National Park

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Labuan Bajo/Komodo National Park from Above

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The Komodo islands are home to the world’s largest species of lizard, the Komodo dragon. Content creator and pilot Big Head Greg flew a DJI Phantom 4 drone over the islands' national park (which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage natural site) to capture its lush green landscape. This jaw dropping aerial video is the result of his efforts.  Prepare to be amazed by the bird's eye view of these amazing islands which lie in the middle of the archipelago, in the province of East Nusa Tenggara.

Canary Islands Biosphere Reserve

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Fuerteventura: 4K Cinematic Video

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If your having a hard time picking your "favorite Canary", this drone video by contributor Yuran may tip the scales in favor of Fuerteventura.  The second largest of the archipelago, Fuerteventura may be the most "other worldly" of the group.  It's why the island has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.  Its coloring, the shape of its volcanic craters, the shape of its seaside cliffs - everything about the place is spectacular, and the best of it is brought out here.  This video was filmed with a DJI Mavic Pro.

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