The Kiev, Ukraine, protests from February 2014 was one of many events for which government organizations used satellite imagery to understand and monitor political unrest around the world this year. The accompanying image is one of DigitalGlobe’s gallery of “Top Images 2014: Seeing the Earth Clearly and in New Ways.”
The online gallery originates from the company’s fourth annual imagery contest, which is conducted via Facebook. The gallery allows users to review and “like” the images they like most, with voting through Dec. 18. The top five images of this year’s contest will be announced Dec. 19, and the overall winner will be announced in January 2015.
In addition to compelling images from around the world, the imagery also provides DigitalGlobe an opportunity to detail some of the many vertical market applications of its imagery. Featured images include oil and gas wells, power plants and mines as well as social events, natural resources and images chosen purely for their beauty.