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.


You’ll have to excuse us if we get a bit of drool on your monitor today. This week’s reader-submitted photos are nothing short of incredible! Any of our top 15 submissions could easily have been our latest “Picture of the Week,” which made this week’s choices particularly tough. But using a complex and foolproof methodology derived from years of intense study, we did finally manage to settle on a top photo and four runners-up.

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Used with permission of Jeff Randall

“Oh, What a Heavenly Light!”

If you’re tempted to describe this photo from Jeff Randall of Abilene, Texas in sentimental terms, there’s a good reason. According to his comments, Jeff some real quality time with the setting sun and this Cessna 150, shooting from all different angles and with different exposures until he managed to get just the right photo. It paid off, with one or two of Jeff’s photos giving us that warm, fuzzy feeling that normally only comes from a lazy afternoon chat with a cherished old friend.

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copyright Daniel Valovich
Used with permission

Low and Slow

Daniel Valovich of Hot Springs, Arkansas has a healthy appreciation for flying – and it doesn’t stop with man-made aerodynamic contraptions. The prolific Mr. Valovich has dropped more than a couple eagle photos in our box over the last couple of years, but this one – snapped on Lake Ouachita – has to be our favorite.

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copyright Carl Hansen
Used with permission

Extra Moon

Something’s not what it seems in this photograph from Carl Hansen of Nepean, Ontario (Canada). Nope, it’s not the moon – it’s the Extra 260, which is actually a “giant-scale R/C model”!

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copyright Joseph Horenkamp
Used with permission

PBY Super Catalina

We’ve gotten some great black-and-white photos recently that we simply couldn’t squeeze into the main “POTW” showcase here on AVweb – though they have been appearing in the slideshow on our home page – but Novi, Michigan’s Joe Horenkamp helps us sneak one in this week. (Thanks, Joe!)

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Used with permission of Felix M.

Contrail Over the Golden Gate Bridge

Simple, but oh, so elegant!

Felix M. of San Luis Obispo, California handles this week’s sign-off photo.

You’ll find more reader-submitted photos in the slideshow on AVweb‘s home page. Don’t miss ’em!

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.