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"Picture of the Week" returns today, marking the end of our annual AirVenture hiatus – and boy, did we get some great photos while we were away at the show this year!

For those of you who are just discovering AVweb, "POTW" is a weekly feature where we publish our favorite reader-submitted photos.  Each week, we go through all the submissions and choose the top three photos, plus a few bonus pics if our submission box is particularly full.  After much debate and a few heated words, we pick one of the photos as our "POTW" winner and send the photographer an official, cannot-be-purchase-in-any-store AVweb baseball cap.

Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?  Trust us:  It is.

And you can get in on the action by submitting your own pictureshere.  (The more pics you send us, the more we’ll run each week.)

As mentioned above, we’ve been on hiatus for a couple of weeks because of Oshkosh, but we’re anxious to get back into the groove.  Rather than combine the past few weeks’ entries into one contest, as we have in previous years, we’re going to break it up by week this time – and award three hats for the three weeks that have passed since our last original "POTW" contest!  Our first hat goes to Shawn Van Horn of Washington, Indiana, whose eye-popping sunset photo is this week’s top winner.  Hats also go to Tom McLaughlin of Battle Creek, Michigan (our July 21 winner) and Pete Thielen of Green Bay, Wisconsin (our July 28 winner).  Look for their photos – and lots of bonus pictures! – in ourJuly 21 andJuly 28 galleries!

Due to privacy issues, AVweb does not publish e-mail addresses of readers who submit photos.


Used with permission of Shawn Van Horn

"Ready ‘n’ Waitin’"
Shawn Van Horn
of Washington, Indiana tells us,
"This is what hurricanes look like to Hoosiers, once the rain stops."
(It’s a far better sight than the hurricane aftermaths we get in the Southeast!)
As Shawn points out, "Hurricanes nearly always are good for … dramatic sunsets."
The whirlybird here is an Air Evac Bell 206L-1, captured by Shawn
at the end of what was surely a hard day’s work … .

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AVweb continues to receive a large number of excellent images for our POTW contest. Here are some of the runners-up. Click on the links below to view larger versions.

copyright Mark E. Stufflebeam
Used with permission

"Oshkosh 2005"
Mark E. Stufflebeam of Orem, Utah
made his first trip to AirVenture this year,
where he was greeted by this ominous beginning
to the show.  Taken Monday evening as the sun was
setting, Mark’s photo reminds us that Mother Nature
is always a VIP at AirVenture Oshkosh.

One more note in our "POTW Primer for Newbies":
Nothing sparks conversation around here like the
topic of digitally manipulated photos and whether
(or not) they should be allowed into the running for
our "Picture of the Week" contest.  Keep that in mind.

Used with permission of Jim Solensky

“Last Trap"
Jim Solensky
of Port Charlotte, Florida
goes where only a few have dared to go and
submits a (gasp!) digitally-altered composite to
this week’s "POTW" contest.  Every time we run
such a composite, we getletters from readers
who point out how lighting and resolution give
away the "trick" too easily – but this one
has us wowed, and we thought we’d
include it for your consideration.

Bonus Pictures

Because you demanded ’em –
but, more importantly, because you sent ’em in …

Used with permission of Ward Burhanna

“Mother & Child"
Ward Burhanna of Trenton, Illinois
had us hummingthat Paul Simon tune all
afternoon with his clever caption for this photo
of SpaceShipOne and the White Knight.
"Shot Saturday, July 30," Ward tells us,
"at (where else?) Oshkosh."

Used with permission of Keith Sremaniak

"Lined Up to Haul the Fish Home"
Keith Sremaniak of Alta Loma, California
reminds us why seaplanes make for such great photos.

Used with permission of Greg Marshall

"Visitor’s Parking"
And Greg Marshall of Ottawa, Ontario (Canada)
sees us off this week with "a beautifully cared-for Beech
Staggerwing visiting the Rockcliffe Flying Club.  Canada’s
National Aviation Museum is in the background" – and in
the foreground, a reminder that, with AirVenture now behind us,
the sunny, carefree days of summer are numbered.
Time to go flying, eh?

To enter next week’s contest, click here.

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 thePOTW Rules orsend us an e-mail.