If I were to pick one hottest technology trend of 2014, I would go for drones. Those tiny flying machines made their way from military engineering labs to consumer market where they thrive at a trully stunning pace. Drones have many applications - from scanning large areas for crime or weapons to helping flood victims to putting out fire.
Drones can also be used for aerial photography and today I am presenting you with a list of 18 award-winning drone photos that were taken or published in 2014. Originally published by Mashable, the list contains amazing from-the-air shots of nature, architecture, people, and events. Enjoy!