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December 11, 2013

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DigitalGlobe launches 3rd annual Top Image of the Year Contest

DigitalGlobe, Inc., a provider of commercial satellite and aerial imagery and geospatial content, has launched its third annual Top Image of the Year contest, featuring earth images of natural disasters, political issues, natural wonders and current events from 2013.

World’s largest satellite image library 

Based in Longmont, Colo., the company has compiled its top 20 “most noteworthy images” into a Facebook album and is asking voters to “like” as many images as they please by the deadline, Dec. 16. The top five images with the most “likes” will go to a final round of voting starting Dec. 17. The winning image will be announced in early January.

DigitalGlobe maintains the world’s largest satellite image library and operates five earth imaging satellites to provide sub-metre basic, standard, and orthorectified satellite imagery. Much of the high resolution-imagery in Google Earth and Google Maps is provided by DigitalGlobe. 

The company’s five satellites – IKONOS, QuickBird, WorldView-1, GeoEye-1 and WorldView-2 – are capable of capturing over one billion square kilometers of imagery annually and also offering intraday revisits.

DigitalGlobe serves customers in urban planning, defense and intelligence, public safety, civil agencies, air and marine transportation, map making and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management, navigation technology, and providers of location-based services.

Here’s the list of the top 20 images, available on DigitalGlobe’s website:

· Cambambe Dam, Cuanza River, Angola
· The Citadel, Aleppo, Syria
· The Colorado River, Utah
· Face Art Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
· The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
· Green Tide, Eastern Coast, Oman
· Heart Island, Galesnjak, Croatia
· Giant Rubber Duck, Hong Kong, China
· Manam Volcano, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea
· The 2014 Winter Olympics Mountain Venues, Sochi, Russia
· Mount Vesuvius, Naples, Italy
· The Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Namibia
· Newly Created Island After An Earthquake, Gwadar, Pakistan
· The Pearl, Doha, Qatar
· The Schooner Cays, Bahamas
· The Arlit Uranium Mine, Arlit, Niger
· The Palau De Les Artes Reina Sofia And Gulliver Park, Valencia, Spain
· The Palace Of Versailles, Versailles, France
· Wildfires In Dunalley, Tasmania, Australia
· Shiyuan Park, Xian, China

To learn more about the contest, and vote For DigitalGlobe’s Best Satellite Photo Of The Year Top Image Contest, click here.

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