Check out these award-winning (and gobsmackingly wonderful) travel photos taken by drones

Varna, Bulgaria - May 13 ,2016: Image of DJI Inspire 1 Pro drone UAV quadcopter which shoots 4k video and 16mp still images  and is controlled by wireless remote with a range of 2km

SkyPixel has announced the winners of its annual drone photography competition, with an impossible view of Mont Saint Michel among the winners.

SkyPixel is a photo-sharing community owned by drone manufacture DJI, and serves as a hub for creatives and visual storytellers alike.

The results of the competition – and the entire creative community for that matter– are stunning, providing some of the most awe-inspiring and gobsmackingly wonderful photography Travel Weekly has ever seen.

The drone photography movement seems to be offering one key quality in spades: humility in the face of the vastness of natural beauty, from impossible angles and unique perspectives untapped by hip-level cameras.

Here’s the winner of the grand prize for videography: Adventure, created by Melbourne-based freelance photographer and videographer Ain Raadik:

And for the corresponding photography category, here’s the grand prize winner: Deryk Baumgartner, and his mind-blowing shot of Mont-Saint-Michel – an island in Normandy, France.

Image: Deryk Baumgartner. "The famous monastery of Mont Saint Michel during a foggy morning".

Image: Deryk Baumgartner. “The famous monastery of Mont Saint Michel during a foggy morning”.

Here’s a few of our favourite pics:

Image by: Khánh Phan. "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."

Image by: Khánh Phan. “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.”

Image by: 圆猪笔. An aerial view of Henningsvær, on the Lofoten Islands in Norway.

Image by: 圆猪笔. An aerial view of Henningsvær, on the Lofoten Islands in Norway.

Image by: 梦中画. "This image was taken by DJI P4P in Utah. The texture of the badlands looked carving paint from air. The snow in the shadow gave some cool colours to this paint."

Image by: 梦中画. “This image was taken by DJI P4P in Utah. The texture of the badlands looked carving paint from air. The snow in the shadow gave some cool colours to this paint.”

Image by: 日照新葡京. "Macau's iconic Grand Lisboa Hotel."

Image by: 日照新葡京. “Macau’s iconic Grand Lisboa Hotel.”

For the full catalogue of winning images for the 2018 SkyPixel Aerial Photography & Video Contest, click here.

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