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.


Looking at all the reader submissions that find their way into our “POTW” contest is always fun – but picking a winner rarely is. This week presented some especially tough choices, as you’ll see when we dive in. We did manage to pick a winner, but we think you’ll agree that any of this week’s top five contenders would’ve filled the bill.

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copyright Richard Lawrence
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Chipmunk Sunrise

The advent of PhotoShop has ushered in a golden age of artificial lens flares – but sometimes you just need to see natural light bent around by glass, and this week’s top shot from Richard Lawrence of Ottawa, Ontario (Canada) is just what the doctor ordered. Richard took this great shot at the 2009 Classic Air Rally at Ottawa’s Canada Aviation Museum.

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Used with permission of Mark Shilling

Sunrise at GEV

Mark Shilling of Apex, North Carolina has another great light painting for us – although this time the lines are parallel rather than curved.

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copyright Scott Peterson
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F-22 Raptor Afterburn

Scott Peterson of Santa Rosa, California took his camera to the Sacramento Air Show – and brought back a little present for everyone who reads AVweb.

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copyright Lars Hjelmberg
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Red Bull Air Race “3-D” Image of Pete McLeod’s Aircraft

Click through to the full-size version of this photo from Lars Hjelmberg of Sollentuna, Sweden to see the “3-D” effect created by shooting the highlight on the wing. Lars explains that he “locked the focus on the wing tip and then [aligned it] … to the corner of the picture.”

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copyright Graham Wight
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Under the Nose of the Turbo Beaver

We return to Ottawa for this week’s sign-off pic, from Graham Wight, who “shot [this] during the course of an epic across-northern-Canada trip in 2006.” With “Norman Wells Airport in the background and tundra on the horizon,” Graham says, “the $35,000 in fuel was worth the experience.”

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.