AirPano is a project created by a team of Russian photographers focused on taking high-resolution aerial 360° photographs and 360° videos. Although we usually photograph from radio-controlled drones and helicopters, we also like to shoot from an airplane, a dirigible, and a hot air balloon. Today AirPano is the largest resource in the world — by geographical coverage, a number of aerial photographs, and artistic and technical quality of the images — featuring 360° panoramas and 360° videos of the highest quality shot from a bird’s eye view.
Since the beginning of the project, AirPano team has created panoramas of the majority of the most interesting and significant places and cities of the Earth. There are about 3000 aerial panoramas on our website showing more than 300 famous locations of our planet, including North Pole, Antarctica, Mariana Trench, and even the Earth’s view from the stratosphere. New virtual tours are published on www.Airpano.com every week.
Unlike viewing a traditional photograph limited by its frame, or watching a film that follows its director’s idea, a spherical panorama gives you a freedom of being on location, where you can turn around 360° and have a closer look at every detail.
When viewed on a large screen the panorama technology creates a complete illusion of a personal presence on the spot, it makes you feel as if you are in the sky above New York City, underwater, above the raging waterfall, and even inside a microwave oven. You can take the time to move in closer and study interesting objects, or “fly” to a new place by simply moving your hand. Although there is a downside that nothing can be touched, but we are working on it
In 2012 AirPano project won “RuNet Awards 2012” contest. In 2013 we received a grant from Russian Geographic Society (RGO) for further development of the project. Russian President V. V. Putin personally presented the grant to our colleague Sergey Semenov. AirPano photographs and panoramas were published in “National Geographic”, “GEO”, “Der Spiegel”, “Daily Mail”, and many other publications on multiple occasions. Year after year we continue winning numerous international and national photo contests. During the whole five years since 2011 to 2015 AirPano has been permanently winning in the prestigious international panoramic photography contest “Epson International Pano Awards“.