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Hot Air Balloon Video Nabs First UrtheView Win

We all see the world differently, don’t we. We all have different vantage points. Different takes on things. And there are so many features of this fascinating planet — cultures, cities, remote vistas — that we may never have the chance to experience. Until someone video records them from the air, of course.

UrtheCast recently launched its UrtheView competition, asking people across the globe to record their world from on-high. So far, competitors have submitted footage of everything from bubbling brooks and soaring balloons, to mountain regions in the south of France.

In the coming months, as the competition draws to a close, all of this beautiful geo-located video footage will be incorporated into our Beta platform, and eventually into our video platform of Earth from space.

It’s been a few months since the launch of UrtheView, and we’ve already received some stunning submissions. Throughout the months, the UrtheCast community has been voting on these videos, and we are happy to finally announce that Ryan Dewsbury of Ontario, Canada has been named the winner of the inaugural UrtheView competition! If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure to watch Ryan’s capture of hot air balloons gliding over a green countryside.

As our first winner, Ryan has nabbed himself a Parrot AR drone, which is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) well suited for capturing scenic footage.

UrtheView will be continuing into the new year, so it’s not too late for you or someone you know to submit footage that will become part of the UrtheCast platform. As one of our competitors, you’d be joining a host of UAV operators, smartphone users, and aviation enthusiasts who have already submitted their world view. Which is to say, don’t worry if you’re not a professional with pro equipment — any aerial footage will do.

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