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Stunning aerial shots of the world’s most beautiful megacities


These are the awe-inspiring ultra-high-resolution images of the world’s megacities – taken from high in the air.

A new book released by photographer Ryan Koopmans entitled ‘Vantage’, features some of the world’s most breath-taking views.

 This super clear image shows the bottom of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai back in 2017

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This super clear image shows the bottom of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai back in 2017Credit: News Dog Media
 Maidan Nezalezhnost in Kyiv, Ukraine, the main square in the country, 2014.

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Maidan Nezalezhnost in Kyiv, Ukraine, the main square in the country, 2014.Credit: News Dog Media

Ryan spent ten years travelling all over the world to capture some of mankind’s greatest triumphs.

The 33-year-old has travelled across Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and South America for his epic book.

His pictures showcase stunning architecture in places like Dubai, Singapore, London, South Africa, Rotterdam and Chicago.

He says: “I have spent the last decade working in travel, documentary and architecture photography and have therefore been extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to visit many places around the world.

“What interests me most are not specific buildings or landmarks, but the lived experiences of the people who interact with them.

“The growth of global populations has led to rapid urbanization and the emergence of megacities.”

Ryan, who is Dutch-Canadian, likes to find a high up spot on a building, rooftop or even a mountain to snap his masterpieces.

“I sometimes use a drone but I prefer not to, as shooting with the handheld camera gives me more control of the framing and a higher resolution.”

 Modern towers of Erbils 'Empire World' rise in Iraqi Kurdistan, 2015

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Modern towers of Erbils ‘Empire World’ rise in Iraqi Kurdistan, 2015Credit: News Dog Media
 The Kowloon district, Hong Kong, China, December 2018

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The Kowloon district, Hong Kong, China, December 2018Credit: News Dog Media
 An enormous roundabout functions as an ornament and traffic control in the financial heart of Shanghai, China March 2012

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An enormous roundabout functions as an ornament and traffic control in the financial heart of Shanghai, China March 2012Credit: News Dog Media
 A train entering London Bridge station as seen from above, England, March 2017

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A train entering London Bridge station as seen from above, England, March 2017Credit: News Dog Media
 Temple of Commerce, Hong Kong, November 2018

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Temple of Commerce, Hong Kong, November 2018Credit: News Dog Media
 The Hong Kong skyline at night, 2018

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The Hong Kong skyline at night, 2018Credit: News Dog Media
 Graves line the slopes of Junk Bay Chinese Permanent Cemetery in Hong Kong, China, December 2018

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Graves line the slopes of Junk Bay Chinese Permanent Cemetery in Hong Kong, China, December 2018Credit: News Dog Media
 Yellow stars of the Chinese flag seen in the socialist village of Huaxi, China, 2012

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Yellow stars of the Chinese flag seen in the socialist village of Huaxi, China, 2012Credit: News Dog Media
 English Village, Erbil, Iraq, March 2015

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English Village, Erbil, Iraq, March 2015Credit: News Dog Media
 The New York skyline, 2015

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The New York skyline, 2015Credit: News Dog Media
 An international cruise ships at Singapore's Keppel Harbour, 2011

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An international cruise ships at Singapore’s Keppel Harbour, 2011Credit: News Dog Media
 An industrial area of Huaxi, China, 2012

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An industrial area of Huaxi, China, 2012Credit: News Dog Media
 Huaxi Village is a collection of private villas, factories, apartment blocks, farmland, and construction sites in China's Jiangsu Province

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Huaxi Village is a collection of private villas, factories, apartment blocks, farmland, and construction sites in China’s Jiangsu ProvinceCredit: News Dog Media
 A fully automated metro rail line crosses over roads and a manicured garden in Dubai, UAE, September 2019

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A fully automated metro rail line crosses over roads and a manicured garden in Dubai, UAE, September 2019Credit: News Dog Media
 Buildings in Hong Kong, December 2018

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Buildings in Hong Kong, December 2018Credit: News Dog Media
 Buildings in Hong Kong, including a giant yacht, December 2018

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Buildings in Hong Kong, including a giant yacht, December 2018Credit: News Dog Media
 Buildings in Hong Kong, December 2018

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Buildings in Hong Kong, December 2018Credit: News Dog Media
 View from observation deck of the Shard of the surrounding London environment, 2013

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View from observation deck of the Shard of the surrounding London environment, 2013Credit: News Dog Media
 A tall ship passes by the breakwater of Monroe Harbor in downtown Chicago, USA, September, 2013

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A tall ship passes by the breakwater of Monroe Harbor in downtown Chicago, USA, September, 2013Credit: News Dog Media
 Artificial "supertrees" line Singapore's manmade marina, serving as vertical gardens, as it was under construction in 2011

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Artificial “supertrees” line Singapore’s manmade marina, serving as vertical gardens, as it was under construction in 2011Credit: News Dog Media
 The rolling streets and houses of San Fransisco, USA, October 2017

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The rolling streets and houses of San Fransisco, USA, October 2017Credit: News Dog Media
 The Ponte City Apartments in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 2017

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The Ponte City Apartments in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 2017Credit: News Dog Media
 A collection of private villas, factories, apartment blocks, working farmland and construction sites in Huaxi Village, Jiangsu, China’s most densely populated province, March 2012

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A collection of private villas, factories, apartment blocks, working farmland and construction sites in Huaxi Village, Jiangsu, China’s most densely populated province, March 2012Credit: News Dog Media





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