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.


Having taken last week off from "POTW" for the fresh air, sunshine, and afternoon air shows of Sun 'n Fun, we've accumulated a hefty backlog of reader-submitted photos. And take our word for it: Your fellow readers have been busy while we were at the show! Submissions might have been a little lower than usual while we were gallivanting in the Florida sunshine, but the photos that did come in are outstanding. This week, we're tackling most of the backlog and rolling a few (sight unseen) into next week's batch. So let's get started.

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copyright Daniel Valovich
Used with permission


Daniel Valovich of Hot Springs, Arkansas knows we have a weakness for big weather events and aircraft and he uses that knowledge to great effect this week, topping our list of favorite photos (by a hair's breadth!) in a very competitive week.

(And come on, isn't that a great paint job on this helo?)

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copyright Rob Neil, Pacific Wings
Used with permission

Still Going Strong

Rob Neil of Porirua (North Island), New Zealand got this incredible long-exposure, high-contrast photo at Queenstown International Airport, South Island where, he writes, this DC-3 is still in regular service for charter flights!

(Dutifully filed under "further evidence that New Zealand is some kind of Earthly paradise for aviators.")

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copyright Juergen Thiesen
Used with permission

Ready for Departure

Juergen Thiesen of Jossa, Germany didn't tell us how this bird made her way into the garden (or how she gets out), but we've gotta say this is one way to make do while you're waiting for a hangar to open up at your local airport.

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Used with permission of Joe Daniel

Worth Waiting For

Currently working in Afghanistan, Joe Daniel "got this shot while sitting on the edge of the loading zone waiting for our ride to another camp." Stay safe, Joe and thanks for contributing to our collection of amazing cell phone photos. (Yes, it was shot with his mobile phone.)

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Used with permission of Eric Fogelin

GA Security

Eric Fogelin of Langley, Washington assures us that the wind (particularly strong on the day this photo was snapped) was "the only practical jokester" involved in this overturned port-a-john. The personnel at Whidbey Island have their eyes on you, wind this had better not happen again.

There are more photos from our readers on AVweb's home page and, trust us, you don't want to skip this week's bonus pics. Go check 'em out.

Submit your own photos to "POTW" by clicking 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 or send us an e-mail.