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Top Satellite Image of 2012 – And the Winner is…

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Burning Man!
This was DigitalGlobe’s second annual Top Image of the Year contest. Voting opened on December 10, and we received over 2,900 votes from our followers via Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and Twitter. We also kept things exciting this year by offering participants extra votes during the second round if they repinned, retweeted, and/or +1ed their favorite image.

For most of December the image of Mt. Fuji, Japan, led the polls and looked to be the clear favorite to win. The image had the most votes during the first round and was the featured image in many online news articles. However, in the last week of voting, devoted fans of our Burning Man image managed a late surge in votes and ended up passing the Mt. Fuji image by about 45 votes in our poll!

So there you have it, Burning Man Festival is this year’s winner of our Top Satellite Image contest!

What is Burning Man?
The Burning Man festival (or project) has grown from a small group of people gathering spontaneously to a community of over 48,000 people. Held in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, Burning Man is an annual experiment in temporary community dedicated to radical self-expression and radical self-reliance. The towns of Empire and Gerlach serve as guardians of the desert region. The event is always held the week prior to and including Labor Day weekend. In 2012 the dates were Monday, August 27 to Monday, September 3. Each year has a different theme, with past themes including – Fertility, Time, Hell, Outer Space, The Body, and The Floating World. Innovative sculptures, installations, performances, theme camps, art cars and costumes are encouraged. Source:

Our WorldView-2 satellite captured this image on August 28, 2012. The off-nadir angle was 38.96 degrees. The sun elevation was 56.91 degrees and we were fortunate to get 0 percent cloud cover.

If you’d like a poster size download of either Burning Man or Mt. Fuji simply visit our store. Both images are available for purchase. Thanks for voting and we look forward to doing this all over again at the end of 2013!

10 Responses to Top Satellite Image of 2012 – And the Winner is…

hamid says: June 29, 2013 at 10:00 am

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Rick Brady says: January 12, 2013 at 9:59 am

Congrats on winning the competition . Good job .
i too would like to see a link to one of your pages where i could view
the 20 entries , better here than anywhere else .

MLD says: January 11, 2013 at 10:54 am

Is there no page on your site where all 20 photos can be viewed? Social media is wonderful, but since you have a robust and elegant web site, which I’d much prefer to view the images here than on FB, Pinterest, etc.

Keya Majoomdar says: January 11, 2013 at 9:42 am

Wow! This satellite image is a spectacular marriage of Art and Geometry that has turned into beautiful Poetry.

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