It’s photography taken to another level.
These are the jaw-dropping winning and runners-up still images in the SkyPixel 2018 Aerial Storytelling Contest, which attracted over 30,000 submissions from drone photographers and videographers from 141 countries.
The grand prize winner in the still image category is Deryk Baumgartner, who used a Mavic Pro drone to capture a sun-bathed Mont-Saint-Michel in northern France emerging out of fog, framed by ribbons of water.
Mr Baumgartner said that he took the image just as he was about to go home. He said: ‘Stick to it for a little longer in life when you are just about to fold, the silver lining will often unveil itself.’
After the top overall prize, gongs were handed out in various categories including travel, sports, urban life, nature and creativity. From a football match on the Lofoten islands to morning prayer in Bagan, the winning submissions, says SkyPixel, ‘captured amazing stories that took place in different parts of the globe’.
Scroll down to see snaps from aerial photographers at the height of their power.
This amazing image of Mont-Saint-Michel snagged Deryk Baumgartner the Grand Prize in the photo category
This image, called ‘Summit for the team, Mont Blanc’, shows the Dynastar ski team walking the 4,810-metre (15,780ft) Mont Blanc summit in France, the highest point in the Alps, before skiing the north face during sunset. The image, by Mathis Dumas, is listed as a ‘nominated entry’
This mesmerising image of a road bridge in Tibet earned Li Wei a nomination for the People’s Choice Prize, with the winner chosen based on the number of likes
The image on the left, taken in Switzerland and called Red Train, earned ‘sebastianmzh’ a nomination for the People’s Choice Prize. Photographer Mauro Pagliai called his image of the Colosseum in Rome (right) Ancient Moonlight. It has also been entered for the People’s Choice Prize
Called ‘Kyiv monuments’, this haunting picture by Sergey Ristenko is in the running for the People’s Choice Prize
The swanky Stein Eriksen Residences at the upscale Deer Valley ski resort in Utah was captured glowing at night by Alan Blakely. It’s a People’s Choice Prize nomination
Yuan Zhu Bi is in the running for the People’s Choice Prize thanks to this image (left) of a football pitch on the tiny island of Henningsvær in Norway’s Lofoten archipelago. Population – 500. On the right is another image in the running for that prize taken by Michal Sadowski. It’s called Infinity Road: Summer vs Winter, and was composed using two shots, one taken in the summer, one in winter, eight months apart
Called Hungry Hippos, this image (left) won Martin Sanchez first prize in the nature category. The aerial on the right of the Taklamakan Desert in China came second in the nature category. The ice pattern captured looks like a giant footprint, said photographer Wang Hanbing
This image (left), called Nature Engraving, was taken by a DJI P4P drone in Utah. Photographer Meng Zhong Hua said that the landscape ‘looks like a carving’. It came third in the nature category. The image on the right, of Macau’s iconic Lisboa Hotel, captured on a Phantom 4 Pro by Ya Zhen, scooped third prize in the architecture category
Called Not a Small HK Island, the image on the left won the architecture prize. The image on the right, of a sunrise in Bagan, Myanmar, scooped second prize in that category
Third prize in the fun category went to this image of geese looking remarkably like petals
First prize in the fun category went to this image of women washing flowers in a river before taking them to market
Second prize in the fun category went to this image of workers carrying salt from the Hon Khoi Salt Fields to a warehouse in Vietnam
Children exercising by running through sand dunes near their homes in Phan Rang, Vietnam, early one morning. This beautiful picture won first prize in the sport category
The image on the left is called Shadow Skier and won second prize in the sport category. The image on the right of Estonian hammer throw champion Kati Ojaloo snared Taavi Purtsak third prize in the sport category
This striking image of the National Library of Kosovo is listed as a ‘nominated entry’
This image by ‘Baltskars’ is in the nominated category and comes with a one-word description – ‘Two’
Both these images are in the nominated entry list. The one on the left was taken in Auckland harbour at sunrise. The one on the right in the Dolomite mountain range, when it was -18C
And relax… This serene image taken in China is up for the People’s Choice Prize