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." Want to see your photo on AVweb.com? Click here to submit it to our weekly contest.


The run-up to AirVenture has begun! Getting ready for the big show seems to affect everyone in aviation, including "Picture of the Week" contenders: Only 64 submissions trickled in this week, but even thought the quantity lagged, quality remained high. In fact, this is the toughest time we've had picking which photos would make it into the Thursday issue in the last several months. If you're not already in the habit of visiting AVweb's home page to view the bonus pictures in our slideshow, this would be a good week to start. There are plenty of great photos to be found over there.

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copyright Larry Raulston
Used with permission

In the Light of the Moon

The moon was a recurring motif in many of this week's submissions. Larry Raulston of Neosho, Missouri made several attempts at catching pilot Kyle Franklin silhouetted against the moon before this top-shelf photo caught him by surprise.

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copyright Michael S. Whaley
Used with permission

Powered Parachuting over Melbourne Beach, FL

"These powered parachute pilots were having a ball flying over the beach a couple of months ago," writes Michael S. Whaley of Melbourne, Florida. "The dome is an Air Force optical tracking station used to track the unmanned and manned rocket launches from Cape Canaveral, which is about 35 miles north."

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Used with permission of Vivian Lee

Father's Day Co-Pilot

Nick Pliam took aboard his five-year-old daughter Portia as co-pilot for this Father's Day flight. "It was hard to say who was prouder," writes photographer Vivian Lee, of Los Altos, California.

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Used with permission of Don Rutherford

Up Close and A-O.K.

Don Rutherford of Lake Forest, California snapped this shot of Rob Hayford blind (and possibly over his shoulder) in a Stearman over Corona, California.

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Used with permission of Theresa White

The End of the Rainbow

As we come to the end of another edition of "POTW," Theresa White of Midwest City, Oklahoma delivers up our latest pot o' gold.

Remember: You'll find more reader-submitted photos in the "POTW" slideshow on AVweb's home page.

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.