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"Picture of the Week" returns today, marking the end of
our annual AirVenture hiatus — and boy, did we get some
great photos while we were away at the show this year!
For those of you who are just discovering AVweb, "POTW"
is a weekly feature where we publish our favorite
reader-submitted photos. Each week, we go through all
the submissions and choose the top three photos, plus a few
bonus pics if our submission box is particularly full.
After much debate and a few heated words, we pick one of the
photos as our "POTW" winner and send the photographer an
official, cannot-be-purchase-in-any-store AVweb baseball
Sounds like fun, doesn't it? Trust us: It is.
And you can get in on the action by submitting your own
(The more pics you send us, the more we'll run each week.)
As mentioned above, we've been on hiatus for a couple of
weeks because of Oshkosh, but we're anxious to get back into
the groove. Rather than combine the past few weeks'
entries into one contest, as we have in previous years,
we're going to break it up by week this time — and award
three hats for the three weeks that have passed since our
last original "POTW" contest! Our first hat goes
to Shawn Van Horn of Washington, Indiana, whose eye-popping
sunset photo is this week's top winner. Hats also go
to Tom McLaughlin of Battle Creek, Michigan (our July 21
winner) and Pete Thielen of Green Bay, Wisconsin (our July
28 winner). Look for their photos — and lots of bonus
pictures! — in our
July 21 and
July 28 galleries!
Due to privacy issues, AVweb does not publish e-mail addresses of
readers who submit photos.
*** THIS WEEK'S WINNERS ***
Used with permission
of Shawn Van Horn
"Ready 'n' Waitin'"
Shawn Van Horn of
Washington, Indiana tells us,
"This is what hurricanes look like to Hoosiers, once the
(It's a far better sight than the hurricane aftermaths we
get in the Southeast!)
As Shawn points out, "Hurricanes nearly always are good for
... dramatic sunsets."
The whirlybird here is an Air Evac Bell 206L-1, captured by
at the end of what was surely a hard day's work ... .
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AVweb continues to receive a large number of excellent images for our
POTW contest. Here are some of the runners-up. Click on the links below to view
copyright © Mark E. Stufflebeam
Mark E. Stufflebeam of
made his first trip to AirVenture this year,
where he was greeted by this ominous beginning
to the show. Taken Monday evening as the sun was
setting, Mark's photo reminds us that Mother Nature
is always a VIP at AirVenture Oshkosh.
One more note in our "POTW Primer for Newbies":
Nothing sparks conversation around here like the
topic of digitally manipulated photos and whether
(or not) they should be allowed into the running for
our "Picture of the Week" contest. Keep that in mind.
Used with permission
of Jim Solensky
of Port Charlotte, Florida
goes where only a few have dared to go and
submits a (gasp!) digitally-altered composite to
this week's "POTW" contest. Every time we run
such a composite, we get
who point out how lighting and resolution give
away the "trick" too easily — but this one
has us wowed, and we thought we'd
include it for your consideration.
Because you demanded 'em —
but, more importantly, because you sent 'em in ...
with permission of Ward Burhanna
"Mother & Child"
Ward Burhanna of
had us humming
Paul Simon tune all
afternoon with his clever caption for this photo
of SpaceShipOne and the White Knight.
"Shot Saturday, July 30," Ward tells us,
"at (where else?) Oshkosh."
with permission of Keith Sremaniak
"Lined Up to Haul the Fish Home"
of Alta Loma, California
reminds us why seaplanes make for such great photos.
with permission of Greg Marshall
And Greg Marshall
of Ottawa, Ontario (Canada)
sees us off this week with "a beautifully cared-for Beech
Staggerwing visiting the Rockcliffe Flying Club.
National Aviation Museum is in the background" — and in
the foreground, a reminder that, with AirVenture now behind
the sunny, carefree days of summer are numbered.
Time to go flying, eh?
To enter next week's contest,
A Reminder About Copyrights: Please take a moment to consider the
source of your image before submitting to our "Picture of the Week" contest.
If you did not take the photo yourself, ask yourself if you are indeed
authorized to release publication rights to AVweb. If you're uncertain,
send us an e-mail.