Or it could just be a fascination with perspective. Rust-colored mountain tops, their peaks slightly concave, give way to the orange and green of the foothills. A DayGlo green reef encircles an unnaturally neon-blue inner hoop, with the surrounding sea crinkled up like scales. An overhead of Mt Fuji, with a spherical cloud perched on the tip like a cotton ball.
The nod for Best Pic went to this overhead shot of Burning Man 2012, the yearly gathering held in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.
Here are some of the others that were in the running.
Check out the DigitalGlobe’s Facebook page for the rest that were up for a vote as well as an ever-growing library of equally eye-catching satellite art. Prints of images are available for purchase on the DigitalGlobe online store.