Humans always dreamed of flying. Thanks to the Wright Brothers, we're able to hop from one destination to the next in just a few hours. People take to the air to learn about new cultures and travel to unexplored places all over the world. Photographers always look for new perspectives. Without flight, we wouldn't be able to see the world's full picture.
The 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest featured submissions with amazing aerial views—from scenic streets in New Hampshire to city lights in China. Take a look at some of our editors' favorites and get read to join the next competition.