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, 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 Third Prize Winner In Fun Category, "花瓣雨"
2 People's Choice Prize, "Infinity Road: Summer vs. Winter"
3 People's Choice Prize, "Red Train"
4 First Prize Winner In Fun Category, "Flowers On The Water"
5 Nominated Entry, "National Library Of Kosovo"
6 People's Choice Prize, "Kyiv Monuments"
7 People's Choice Prize, "双栖"
8 Second Prize Winner In Fun Category, "Burden Salt Harvest"
9 Nominated Entry, "Two"
10 People's Choice Prize, "Lofoten"