December 8, 2014 7:08 PM EST

There’s something to be said for being on the ground when news plays out, but sometimes it’s the overhead view that provides the most unique perspective. Throughout 2014, DigitalGlobe’s satellites have captured scenes that gave us important glimpses into what was happening around us, from the unrest in Ukraine to fires in California. A leading provider of commercial satellite imagery, DigitalGlobe is holding its fourth annual Top Image contest and asking followers on Facebook to pick the year’s top picture. Vote here.

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