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.


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Used with permission of Matt Schantz

Solo at Soldier Bar

Matt Schantz of Parker, Colorado flew into 85U at Soldier Bar, Idaho for this idyllic landscape that we couldn't resist naming our "Picture of the Week."

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copyright Victor Pallotto
Used with permission

First Ride

"This is an instructor introducing a prospective new student to aviation," writes Vic Pallotto of Passaic, New Jersey. He then goes on to call it "a sight we need to see more often" and we won't disagree.

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copyright Gilbert Benzonana
Used with permission

Geneva a "Hot Spot"

Gilbert Benzonana of Grand-Lancy, Geneva (Switzerland) may have been our most prolific submitter last year. That puts him in a small circle with a handful of submitters whose names the astute "POTW" fan would probably recognize so let's take a moment to tip our hat to the man who single-handedly put Geneva on our fantasy flying vacation list for 2010.

Oh, yeah the photo! Gilbert writes, "This hot air balloon was launched to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first Leman Lake crossing on its full length (73 km) by plane."

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Used with permission of Steve Jones

Gemini Gets Swallowed

Don't tell us you didn't chuckle a bit at this shot from Steve Jones of Anchorage, Alaska. And don't pretend you've never take a photo of yourself holding the Washington Monument in your palm, either.

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copyright Gary Dikkers
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Wing Walker Teresa Stokes

To complete the cycle of 2010 reflection, here's our other candidate for busiest submitter of the year: Madison, Wisconsin's Gary Dikkers. While we've never run across Gary at Oshkosh (that we know of), this guy takes enough shots in seven days to keep us stocked with EAA AirVenture photos throughout the winter. Just when we think he's dried up and will spend the rest of the year sending us shots from his own flying adventures we won't get into petty jealousy over a lifestyle that seemingly allows him to goof around airports taking pictures all day long a gem like this one will show up in our submission box sporting Gary's name and saying it was taken at last year's AirVenture.

A big AVweb salute to you and Ms. Stokes both, Gary! Keep 'em coming.

Psst there are more photos to see in the slideshow on AVweb's home page. Why don't you cruise over there and check 'em out?

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.