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.


There's nothing quite as satisfying as downloading a couple hundred megabytes' worth of AVweb reader photos and sitting down with a cold iced tea to rifle through them! There's plenty to see this week, with photos hitting a wide range of interests and coming from all across the globe. (And hey, Australia did someone pepper the countryside with AVweb leaflets? Not only did we get shots from some of our favorite Aussie regulars this week, but found quite a few new names from the "Land of Wonder" in our box, too.)

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copyright Gary Plummer
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Morning Mist

This image from Gary Plummer of Burlington, Ontario (Canada) was one of the first we laid eyes upon this week, and it set the tone for all the photos that were to follow. Despite some stiff competition (and nearly not making it to the Top Five, if you can believe that!), Gary's shot is our "Picture of the Week," and we'll be sending Mr. Plummer one of those keen AVweb ball caps we're always going on about as thanks for sharing his pics with us.


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copyright J. E. Butts et. al.
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'Cirrus One, 3-2-1 Break!'

Jon Butts of Whiteley, Hants (U.K.) submitted this photo shot by Jamie Hunter of Aviacom Photography. Jon was one of six pilots who flew formation recently and allowed Jamie to snap plenty of great shots.

In fact, Jon told us where to find a few more, and we may share those at a later date ... !


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copyright Christian Hauser
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'Stop! This Is the Police!'

Christian Hauser of Gross-Enzersdorf, Lower Austria snapped this photo of an Austrian police 'copter "seemingly closing in on a culprit," but disillusioned us when he wrote that the pilots were really "just approaching [the] landing pad at Vienna International Airport to disembark a passenger."


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copyright John von Linsowe
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Summer Job

Here's a slightly unusual attitude, courtesy of Metamora, Michigan's John von Linsowe. John also gave us a pun we couldn't turn down (brace yourselves), noting that his son Justin* has "'landed' a great summer job towing banners."

* Apologies if Justin's not your son, John. We didn't write it down in our notes, and we honestly can't remember though we're pretty sure that was a good guess!


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copyright Pete Howell
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Evening Arrival

We've seen so many sunset photos that our hearts would have long ago hardened to them if not for the incredible vistas that AVweb readers somehow manage to slip into our submission box every week. This time around, it's Pete Howell of St. Paul, Minnesota who gets the thanks for reminding us to take a moment to savor life's small joys.

Thanks, Pete!


As has been par for the course lately, there are far too many great photos to run them all here, so please be sure to check out the bonus pics in our slideshow on the AVweb home page. You'll be glad you did. (And don't forget you can click on those slideshow images to view them at full-size.)

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.