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.


Ah, summertime. We hope everyone's enjoying the longer days and the fresh air since you've apparently lost interest in taking photos and sending them in for us to ogle! We know, we know photo submissions always drop during the summer, and with so many high-quality shots finding their way into our contest these days, we really don't have a right to complain. But we do work in tiny little offices reading press releases and checking HTML all day. Your photos are the windows into real life that spark our imaginations and let us tell the boss "we're working" when really we're just arguing over which paint job would be cooler if we had a shiny new personal jet. We realize everyone's busy (and frankly, with AirVenture coming up, now's a good time to get a few less "POTW" contenders in the submission box), but don't forget about us when the show's done. We genuinely miss the flood of photos and are looking forward to seeing more in August.

Enough begging! Time to make with the congratulations, which go this week to Ric Lee of Sandy, Utah.

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Used with permission of Ric Lee

Yosemite Flight

Ric Lee of Sandy, Utah treats us to what may be the first glider photo to be named an AVweb "Pic of the Week." The incredible scenery here is from Glacier Point in California's Yosemite Valley.

(If you compulsively look for similarities among our photo submissions as we do take note of the orange deco on the glider. There was a lot of orange among this week's submissions.)

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copyright Larry Newman
Used with permission

Rainbows Land at the Airpark

Sometimes we leave the final "POTW" selection to Lady Luck, as was the case this week. We simply couldn't decide between Ric Lee's glider photo and this breath-taking (and very orange) rainbow from Larry Newman of Oro Valley, Arizona.

Our shiny quarter seemed to prefer Ric's pic, but we'll be sending Larry an official AVweb cap as well. (We'll bill Lady Luck for the extra postage and hope she ponies up.)

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Used with permission of Michael Shoup

Father's Day Co-Pilot

Michael Shoup of Lake Havasu City, Arizona delivers this week's study in light, shadow, and orange.

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Used with permission of Joe Budge

Mountain Home

Lest we think everyone is in the throes of summer sun, Joe Budge of Annapolis, Maryland sends in this photo of "two Beavers on the ice in the Sheldon Amphitheater at the base of Mt. McKinley, photographed two weeks ago on a trip there."


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Used with permission of Beaux Graham

Fly Now 'Cause It Could Rain Soon!

Beaux Graham of Cedar Crest, Texas sees us off this week with a preview of what we can expect at AirVenture (courtesy of last year's show). Beaux writes:

Gene Smith of Valley Engineering/Culver Props taxis out for an early evening flight in the prototype Back Yard Flyer at the ultralight field during Oshkosh 2005.

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

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.