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With the year-ending holidays behind us, submissions to AVweb’s "Picture of the Week" contest are climbing again.  This week we received just shy of 100 submissions, with 22 of them making it into the final round as potential contest winners.  After our usual head-scratching and coffee-drinking, we finally managed to pick a winner – an interesting perspective shot from Jim Wilson of Allen, Texas.

Like all "POTW" winners, Jim will be getting an official AVweb cap to keep his head warm this winter.  If you’d like to try for one of those hats – or just share your amateur aviation photos with an audience that’s happy to ooh and ahh over them –submit your photos here.


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copyright Jim Wilson
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"One of the Best of the Best"

Frankly, we’re not exactly sure what Jim Wilson of Allen, Texas intended with that caption title.  Is it the plane or the pilot who’s among "the best of the best"?  Maybe it’s a sterling endorsement of Avemco or B.F. Goodrich.  Or – eeriest possibility of all – did Jim have a premonition that the odd perspective on this shot would lead to its being named AVweb’s "Picture of the Week"?

In case you’re wondering, Jim got this great angle using a "custom-built I-strut mount" to hold the camera, which he triggered by radio remote control.

AVweb continues to receive a large number of excellent images for our POTW contest. Here are some of the runners-up.  Due to privacy issues, AVweb does not publish e-mail addresses of readers who submit photos.

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copyright Scott Hoggard
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"The Heat Is On!"

Scott Hoggard of Dundalk, Maryland would know all about heat.  This shot of Thunderbird #6 brought us close enough to practically feel the exhaust!  The photo came from an exhibition at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland last year.


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copyright Dale Coleman
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"A Paparazzi Perspective"

Dale Coleman of Oldham, Greater Manchester (U.K.) slows things down a bit with this Aerospatiale take-off.  (Or is it a landing in progress?)


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copyright Dan Valentine
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"Diving in the Caribbean"

Dan Valentine of London, England (U.K.) submitted some terrific photos this week.  Dan’s name cropped up on so many of our finalists that we were hard-pressed to choose just one his photos to run in the "POTW" feature – but somehow we managed.  Hope you approve of our choice, Dan … !


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copyright FabForce1 Holdings
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"Moon over Mirabel"

Fabian Becze of Notre Dame de l’ile Perrot, Qubec (Canada) captured this tranquil moment back in 2004, before Mirabel International was closed to passengers flights, on a "cheapy cam" (his words) that he usually took to work with him.  The camera may not have been Fabian’s top-of-the-line equipment, but the colors were just too striking to ignore.  This one went directly into our desktop wallpaper file.


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copyright Cyril N. Matthews
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"Liberty Belle Returns"

Cyril Matthews of Windsor, California was making his way to Disney World in Orlando, Florida when he saw the B-17 Flying Fortress Liberty Belle cross over Intersate-4 – no doubt bound for its current engagement at theFantasy of Flight Museum.


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copyright Gary Hebbard
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"Short Final for Two-Niner"

No laughs in this AVweb short final – just a beautiful calm sunset as our Saab 340 makes its way home to St. John’s International Airport in Newfoundland, Canada.  Courtesy of Gary Hebbard of St. John’s, Newfoundland.

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.