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!

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Image credits: Deryk Baumgärtner

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Image credits: Martin Sanchez

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Image credits: 王 汉冰

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Image credits: Khánh Phan

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Image credits: TuấnNguyễn

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Image credits: 邱 会宁

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Image credits: Panvelvet

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Image credits: Witold Ziomek

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Image credits: 吖震

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Image credits: Trung Pham

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Image credits: oberschneider.com

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Image credits: Taavi Purtsak

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Image credits: Petra Leary

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Image credits: Baltskars

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Image credits: Mathis Dumas

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Image credits: Agon Nimani

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Image credits: Andrea Giumelli

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Image credits: 圆猪笔

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Image credits: Michal Sadowski

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Image credits: Dawood

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Image credits: Alan Blakely

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Image credits: Mauro Pagliai

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Image credits: Ristenko Segiy

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Image credits: 李珩

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Image credits: sebastianmzh

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