Every year SkyPixel sifts through thousands of aerial photographs to find the best drone pictures and award them with incredible prizes. This year's grand prize winner Deryk Baumgärtner received camera gear worth $12,090 for his incredible portrayal of Saint Michael's Mount, an island located in Normandy, France. Visited by almost 3 million people each year, Saint Michael's Mount is already an incredible heritage site by itself, but Baumgärtner's outstanding drone photography skills took the island and it's breathtaking monastery to a whole new level.

In an interview with Bored Panda, Deryk Baumgärtner explained he thought he had no chance to be amongst the top participants of this competition, "It was an unbelievable feeling when I got the mail that I won the Grand Prize. Never thought that I had the slightest chance to be in the top100." The German photographer added it was his first time entering the SkyPixel competition but he has been interested in aerial photography for many years, "I’ve been interested in aerial photography since the 1st DJI Phantom in 2013 came to the market. Today I own the DJI Mavic Pro 1 and I'm still satisfied with its compact size which makes it pretty easy to travel with."

Scroll down to see Deryk's winning photo along with the other winning photos from this year's competition!

#1 People's Choice Prize, "Red Train"

People's Choice Prize, "Red Train"

One of the winners of people's choice prize captures a breathtaking shot of a train passing through mountains in Landwasserviadukt in Switzerland.

sebastianmzh Report

Danny Lee 2 months ago

Is there somewhere I can get this printed really big for my place?! GOSH I love this!!!

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#2 Grand Prize Winner, "Mont Saint Michel"

Grand Prize Winner, "Mont Saint Michel"

The winner of this year's Grand Prize is a shot taken by Deryk Baumgärtner and it captures the magical beauty of the famous monastery of Mont Saint Michel during a foggy morning.

Deryk Baumgärtner Report

Monty Glue 2 months ago (edited)

"Camelot? No, it's only a model." Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Kidding aside magical, beautiful, and unworldly photo.

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#3 Third Prize Winner In Fun Category, "花瓣雨"

Third Prize Winner In Fun Category, "花瓣雨"

Mesmerizing shot taken with a Phantom 4 Pro drone shows gooses creating flower-like figures in the field.

邱 会宁 Report

diane a 2 months ago

OMG - that is incredible. Well placed bird food.

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#4 First Prize Winner In Fun Category, "Flowers On The Water"

First Prize Winner In Fun Category, "Flowers On The Water"

"These women are washing each gun flower, bundling it into a bundle to bring it to market. They put flowers into a circle that looks very beautiful. This is a fun job."

Khánh Phan Report

sharron lynn parsons 2 months ago

Fascinating shot !!!

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#5 People's Choice Prize, "Infinity Road: Summer vs. Winter"

People's Choice Prize, "Infinity Road: Summer vs. Winter"

"A perfect mountain road shot twice during Summer and Winter. Same place. Different seasons. It took a lot of effort to shoot this photo. Two photos shot 8 months apart. Perfectly aligned. The battle between the Summer and the Winter."

Michal Sadowski Report

anisub 2 months ago

well these are simply two different pictures put together in one, as it says one from the winter and one from the summer^^ if you click on the name at the bottom left the photographer explains it himself:)

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#6 Second Prize Winner In Architecture Category, "Bagan"

Second Prize Winner In Architecture Category, "Bagan"

Magical shot that captures a sunrise in Bagan, Myanmar, taken by Witold Ziomek using Mavic Pro done.

Witold Ziomek Report

Pollypocket81 2 months ago

Looks like a page from a story book. Enchanting.

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#7 People's Choice Prize, "Kyiv Monuments"

People's Choice Prize, "Kyiv Monuments"

Photographer Ristenko Segiy managed to capture a magnificent shot of a statue in Kyiv covered in autumnal fog.

Ristenko Segiy Report

sharron lynn parsons 2 months ago

Breathtaking , fabulous shot !!!

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#8 People's Choice Prize, "双栖"

People's Choice Prize, "双栖"

Stunning aerial photography of birds and trees in Huanglongtan, China.

Dawood Report

Anqi Wang 2 months ago

No it doesn't, you mixed it up with 两栖. The term 双栖 used here is a word describing deep marital love, which makes sense because the mandarine ducks pictured here have been symbols of a happy marriage since hundreds, maybe thousands of years in China. The funny thing here though is that these two ducks are both male :D

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#9 Second Prize Winner In Fun Category, "Burden Salt Harvest"

Second Prize Winner In Fun Category, "Burden Salt Harvest"

"The workers are carrying salt to the warehouse. They start work from 3 am to 7 am and remake from 1 pm to 6 pm every day. Hon Khoi salt field is the largest salt field in Vietnam."

TuấnNguyễn Report

Sue Egan 2 months ago

Looks like the brooms from Fantasia. Fantastic!

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#10 Nominated Entry, "National Library Of Kosovo"

Nominated Entry, "National Library Of Kosovo"

Photographer Agon Nimani used Mavic 2 drone to capture the beauty of Kosovo's National Librarie's architecture.

Agon Nimani Report

Monty Glue 2 months ago

Mind blown. Took me some time to process and arrive at probable interpretation. Great photo, incredible building.

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#11 People's Choice Prize, "Ancient Moonlight"

People's Choice Prize, "Ancient Moonlight"

Photographer Mauro Pagliai Received a People's Choice prize for his shot "Ancient Moonlight" that captured the Coliseum, Sirio and Rome covered in a magical moonlight

Mauro Pagliai Report

Monty Glue 2 months ago

First thing to jump out at me was the waxing moon and the rarely seen planet Mercury in the sky. And then the Flavian Amphitheater aka the Colosseum shot with a time exposure that causes the autos to blur. A masterpiece IMHO!

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#12 First Prize Winner In Nature Category, "Hungry Hippos"

First Prize Winner In Nature Category, "Hungry Hippos"

"There's no party like a hippo party! An incredible visual to see and such a unique perspective. Truly honored to have this moment in time."

Martin Sanchez Report

Gregg V 2 months ago

Sadly, they ate the two hippos in the center. ;-(

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#13 Nominated Entry, "Two"

Nominated Entry, "Two"

A romantic shot of newlyweds near the lake was captured with a Mavic Pro drone and became one of the nominated entries of the competition,

Baltskars Report

Kelly Horrigan 2 months ago

双栖

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#14 Nominated Entry, "There Is A Precise Point Up There In The Sky Where The Mountains Almost Seem To Pose"

Nominated Entry, "There Is A Precise Point Up There In The Sky Where The Mountains Almost Seem To Pose"

"Sunrise on the Nuvolau group in the dolomites. Temperature -18 c.

Takeoff with the drone and what I see in the screen almost does not seem real. The majesty of Mother Nature."

Andrea Giumelli Report

Hope Floats 2 months ago

This is stunning.,..

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#15 Third Prize Winner In Architecture Category, "日照新葡京"

Third Prize Winner In Architecture Category, "日照新葡京"

A stunning shot of Grand Lisboa's hotel was captured using Phantom 4 Pro drone and won a third prize in architecture category.

吖震 Report

Susann Campbell 2 months ago

The beginning of Gotham City.

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#16 First Prize Winner In Architecture Category, "Not A Small HK Island"

First Prize Winner In Architecture Category, "Not A Small HK Island"

It took 43 shots using Phantom 4 Pro drone to capture the architectural beauty of Hong Kong.

Panvelvet Report

Bettina Jansen 2 months ago

very "inception"

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#17 People's Choice Prize, "Lofoten"

People's Choice Prize, "Lofoten"

One of the people's favorites was a shot of a village called Henningsvær in Lofoten, northern Norway. This tiny village has a population of only 500 people and locals mostly rely on fishing for a living. With such a small amount of people in the village, locals managed to build a football field that perfectly explains their love and passion for this sport.

圆猪笔 Report

RJ 2 months ago

I thought: what's that phone doing there?

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#18 First Prize Winner In Sport Category, "Running Through The Sand Dunes"

First Prize Winner In Sport Category, "Running Through The Sand Dunes"

"The kids were doing exercise by running through the sand dunes nearby their home in Phan Rang, Vietnam, in an early morning."

Trung Pham Report

Pollypocket81 2 months ago

Almost looks like skin!

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#19 Nominated Entry, "Summit For The Team, Mont Blanc"

Nominated Entry, "Summit For The Team, Mont Blanc"

"Some of the most famous skiers in the world are all together on the summit of the Mont Blanc.

The Dynastar ski team walking the Mont Blanc Summit 4810m before skiing the north face during the sunset, with incredible light."

Mathis Dumas Report

Monty Glue 2 months ago

.I do hope that is sunrise and not sunset.

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#20 People's Choice Prize, "至所未知"

People's Choice Prize, "至所未知"

One of the people's choice prize winners was an extraordinary shot of a bridge disappearing in the fog with incredible mountains in the horizon.

李珩 Report

Monty Glue 2 months ago

We're on a road to nowhere. Talking Heads, Little Creatures, 1985

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#21 Third Prize Winner In Nature Category, "足迹"

Third Prize Winner In Nature Category, "足迹"

A snow in the Taklimakan Desert, China during winter forms a rare ice and snow texture. According to the photographer,"The ice pattern is like a huge footprint, like the footprints of aliens visiting the earth."

王 汉冰 Report

KCN 2 months ago

Where is this ?

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#22 People's Choice Prize, "Stein Eriksen Residences"

People's Choice Prize, "Stein Eriksen Residences"

Low-level aerial view of the Stein Eriksen Residences at Deer Valley Resort.

Alan Blakely Report

sharron lynn parsons 2 months ago

Beautiful shot !!!

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#23 Second Prize Winner In Sport Category, "Shadow Skier #5"

Second Prize Winner In Sport Category, "Shadow Skier #5"

Using Mavic 2 Pro drone photographer Christoph Oberschneider captured skiers in Austria.

oberschneider.com Report

Bill 2 months ago

Doing a drone shot first makes back country skiing safer. You can pi k out where the avalanche danger is

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#24 Nominated Entry, "Wake Up"

Nominated Entry, "Wake Up"

Dreamy aerial photo captured by Phantom 4 Pro drone in Auckland Harbour, during sunrise.

Petra Leary Report

Wyndmere 2 months ago

Such symmetry.

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#25 Third Prize Winner In Sport Category, "Throwing It To The Moon"

Third Prize Winner In Sport Category, "Throwing It To The Moon"

"Estonian hammer throw champion Kati Ojaloo throwing it to the moon."

Taavi Purtsak Report

Bill Gallagher 1 month ago

good one

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