Every year, SkyPixel gets inundated with incredible aerial drone shots from people from all over the world. Unlike conventional photography, aerial photography involves taking photos of something eye-catching from an elevated position. To get the perfect shot, most people use a chopper, balloons, kites, or drones. The images on this list were SkyPixel 2018 winners. Some of them were nominees, but they’re winners in our eyes and you’ll certainly agree with us once you take a look at their incredible shots. A lot of these images will bend your perception of reality and allow you to see the world in a radically different way.

“Red Train” Earns People’s Choice Prize

This red train passing through the snowy mountains in Switzerland will take your breath away!

“Mont Saint Michel” Is A Grand Prize Winner

This famous monastery looks otherworldly, magical, and beautiful. Anyone else getting a Camelot vibe?

“花瓣雨 “ Earns Third Place Win In The Fun Category

What a unique aerial shot! They look like flowers, but they’re actually geese gathering in the field.

“Flowers On The Water” Becomes First Prize Winner In Fun Category

Here’s a gorgeous shot of women washing water lilies, and then bundling them up to take to the market.

“Bagan” Is Second Prize Winner In Architecture Category

This enchanting shot of a sunrise in Bagan, Myanmar looks like it was taken right out of a storybook.

“Kyiv Monuments” Earns People’s Choice Prize

This ethereal snap of a statue in Kyiv looks like it’s rising above the fog to take its place in the sky.

“Infinity Road: Summer vs. Winter” Gets People’s Choice Prize

One photo was taken in the winter and the other in the summer. It’s like Mother Nature’s Ying-yang.

People’s Choice Prize Goes To The Birds, Ducks And Trees

This aerial shot of birds, trees, and ducks in the water in Huanglongtan, China is absolutely stunning!

“Burden Salt Harvest” Earn Second Place In Fun Category

It looks like a scene from the movie "Fantasia," but it’s actually workers carrying salt to the warehouse in Vietnam.

“National Library Of Kosovo” Was Honored To Be Nominated

This cool capture looks like a stunning piece of artwork, but this is actually an aerial shot of The National Library of Kosovo.

“Ancient Moonlight” Gets People’s Choice Prize

This shot captures the Roman Coliseum in Sirio, which dazzles without eclipsing the beauty of the moon.

“Two” Gets Nominated For Love

This shot was taken at a lake and shows a newlywed couple enjoying a private moment at the dock.

“Hungry Hippos” Earns First Prize In Nature Category

This reminds us of the game “Hungry, Hungry Hippo.” But as far as we know, no one ate each other.

“Not A Small HK Island” Got First Prize In Architecture Category

We’re getting some serious “Inception” vibes with this aerial shot of beautiful Hong Kong.

“Summit For The Team, Mont Blanc” Nominated But Should’ve Won

The Dynastar Ski team walking the Mont Blanc Summit during a sunset looks so “Lord of the Rings”.

“Lofoten” Nabs A People’s Choice Prize

The villagers in Henningsvær in Lofoten, Northern Norway built this beacon of love for football.

“Running Through The Sand Dunes” Earns First Prize In Sports Category

In this awe-inspiring snap, kids are seen running across the sand dunes in Phan Rang, Vietnam.

“There Is A Precise Point Up There In The Sky Where The Mountains Almost Seem To Pose” And This Shot Deserved Its Nomination

It’s hard to tell where the mountains end and the sky begin in the Nuvolau group in the Dolomites.

“Nature Engraving” Earned Third Prize In Nature Category

Snow in the Taklimakan Desert in China formed a rare ice pattern that looks like a giant alien footprint.

This Breathtaking Shot Is Titled “至所未知,” And It Earned People’s Choice

This shot shows a bridge disappearing in the fog on the horizon. So, it’s literally like a road to nowhere.

“日照新葡京 “ Gets Third Prize In Architecture

This shot of Grand Lisboa’s hotel looks like an alien ship has just landed in the city in some Sci-Fi movie.

“Stein Eriksen Residences” Earns People’s Choice

This beautiful low-level aerial shot of the Stein Eriksen Residences at the Deer Valley Resort is lovely.

“Shadow Skier #5” Is The Second Prize Winner In Sport

This drone captured skiers having fun in the ice in Austria and it’s making us wish it was winter again.

Third Prize Winner Is “Throwing It To The Moon” In Sport Category

It looks like a satellite, but it’s just Estonian hammer throw champ Kati Ojaloo throwing it to the moon.

“Wake Up” Gets A Nomination Nod

The waves produced by the boat and water skier in Auckland Harbour are so dreamy and symmetrical!

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