An eerily beautiful picture of a lighthouse in Wales has won the inaugural '400ft Britain' award for aerial photography.

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James Farley of Chester captured the image of the lighthouse at Point of Ayr in North Wales using a drone and camera, and was judged the best of over 1,200 pictures sent in by keen photographers across Britain.

The competition was run by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), who used it to publicise their rules regarding safe flying of drones around the UK. 400ft is the upper limit for a drone (or any other model plane or helicopter) to be flown safely.

The CAA also have a five-point safety code – the ‘drone code’ – for budding aerial photographers:

  • Don’t fly near airports
  • Remember to stay below 400ft (120m) and at least 150ft (50m) away from buildings and people
  • Observe your drone at all times
  • Never fly near aircraft
  • Enjoy responsibly

As well as the winning image at the top of this page, here are 14 more astonishing images which made the shortlist. You can enjoy all the images at www.400ftbritain.com

Chesterton Windmill, Warwickshire

Chesterton Windmill, Warwickshire by Mark Thomas

South Wales by Gareth Davies

South Wales by Gareth Davies

Rolling Hills, by James Patterson

Rolling Hills, by James Patterson

River Forth, Scotland

River Forth, Scotland

Aerial shot of Snow covered Pine Trees near Appleby in Cumbria, by Paul Witterick

Morar, West Highlands by Bill Barclay

Morar, West Highlands by Bill Barclay

Loch Shiel by James Farley

Loch Shiel by James Farley

Lake District by Thomas Henderson

Lake District by Thomas Henderson

Grasmere Lake by Shane White

Grasmere Lake by Shane White

Glen Coe, Scotland

Glen Coe, Scotland

Erosion by Will Webb

Erosion by Will Webb

East Sussex by Steve Ashman

East Sussex by Steve Ashman

Dorset by James Loveridge

Dorset by James Loveridge

Derwent Water

Derwent Water