Picture of the Week: AVweb's Flying Photography Showcase

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Each week, we go through dozens (and sometimes hundreds) of reader-submitted photos and pick the very best to share with you on Thursday mornings. The top photos are featured on AVweb's home page, and one photo that stands above the others is awarded an AVweb baseball cap as our "Picture of the Week."


It's our usual practice to take a mini-vacation from "Picture of the Week" when we're on the road at major air shows and that means reader submissions tend to drop off while we're gone. This year's trek to Sun 'n Fun was no exception, with only 135 photo submissions arriving in our box over the last two weeks (a number that's more typical of a single week during the summer season). The incredible thing, however, is that every single one of the photos in our box this week was a true "POTW" contender. After copying over some 60-odd photos into our "final consideration" folder, it became apparent that we had a truly amazing week on our hands. In fact, we've squirreled away 40 photos (unseen!) to augment next week's selections. So, with no time to waste, let's dive in to this week's selections!

Join the Fun: Want to see your photo on AVweb.com? Click here to submit it to our weekly contest. The top winner each week receives and an AVweb baseball cap and the adoration of hundreds of thousands of web surfers!

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Used with permission of Ray L. Riepe

The End of a Perfect Day

What a photo! Ray Riepe of Manchester, Washington claims the top spot in a week full of tough competition. We love a photo that tells a story, and what more can you say about Dean Schafer towing his Turbo Arrow IV back to the hangar after what must have been a rainy return flight?

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copyright Sparky Sargent
Used with permission

FireDancer Lights Up the Night Sky

Sparky Sargent of Washington, Oklahoma breaks out the camera under the night sky to produce a photo so colorful and engaging that it almost beat out Ray Riepe's for the top spot this week.

Do yourself a favor and check out the full-size version of Sparky's photo.

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Used with permission of Allen Faraday

Wing-Walking at Oshkosh

Allen Faraday of Raymond, Maine snapped this pulse-pounding photo at EAA AirVenture 2004. Air show season is definitely in full swing, Allen hope to see you at Oshkosh this summer!

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Used with permission of Lee Barthold IV

Skynight at Sunset

Lee Barthold of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania sees us out this week. Lee writes, "This is taken out of the window of a 206 while I am flying my company's Cessna 320 (Skynight). You will notice a camera hole in the bottom of the plane for survey work."

Want more? Visit the "POTW" slideshow on our home page for more reader-submitted photos!

To enter next week's contest, click here.

A quick note for submitters: If you've got several photos that you feel are "POTW" material, your best bet is to submit them one-a-week! That gives your photos a greater chance of seeing print on AVweb, and it makes the selection process a little easier on us, too. ;)

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, consult the POTW Rules or send us an e-mail.