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.


With well over 100 submissions to this week's contest, we're serving up a miniature "Greatest Hits" version of our regular "Picture of the Week" contest. We've got all the popular themes this week — from wing-walkers to lightning to balloons. And you're sure to find many other favorites (cute kids, beautiful skylines, and perfect approaches among them) in the "POTW" slideshow on AVweb's home page.

Where do we get all these great photos? From pilots with cameras just like you. So share a few of your own with us, O.K.?

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copyright © William Derrickson
Used with permission

Gene Soucy and Teresa Stokes, Twilight Show at Québec International

William Derrickson of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania kicks off the festivities with the afore-mentioned wing-walker. Air show performers Gene Soucy and Teresa Stokes are seen here entertaining the crowds at the Québec International Air Show, and William captured the moment to share with the rest of us later. Absolutely gorgeous.


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copyright © Ryan Pemberton
Used with permission

Short Final to Renton Airport

Ryan Pemberton of Spokane, Washington sent in this variation on a popular theme — and we have to confess that it's one of our favorites.


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Used with permission of Mike Radford

Pick-Up at Twin Lakes, Alaska Range

Long-time readers who are familiar with our taste in pictures will tell you it just wouldn't be a "Greatest Hits" edition without a float plane — and right on cue, we've got Mike Radford of Anchorage, Alaska flying in to pick up two clients at Twin Lakes. "It was a real nice morning with a glassy-water landing," writes Mike. "The only disturbance on the water was me."


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Used with permission of Bryan Bolander

180 Lightning

And then there's lightning. Deadly, beautiful, and often a colossal pain in the flight plan, it nevertheless makes for some spectacular photos. Bryan Bolander of Lansing, Michigan tells us this storm rolled in on the night of the Otsego Lake Splash-In. "Luckily it went around us, but the light show was impressive," writes Bryan.


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copyright © Chris Cook
Used with permission

Slow Ride ... Take It Easy

Some of you may be saying it's not really a greatest hits edition without a sunset or skyscape to fly us out — you'll find those in the slideshow — but we think this image from Chris Cook of Lebanon, Tennessee perfectly captures the solitary grace of flight that we like to use as our sign-off.

See you next week!


There are more great photos in the "POTW" slideshow on AVweb's home page.

Click here to submit your own photos to "POTW."

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 or send us an e-mail.