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.


Reader submissions to our weekly photo showcase are up well above average for this time of year. (We’ve ogled more than 600 photos since the beginning of September!) This week’s batch is particularly interesting, featuring more gold, orange, and red than we’ve seen in a single week’s submissions in the last two or three years. (Yep, lots of gorgeous skyscapes and sunrises/sunsets.) Plus, we had quite a few reflection-themed photos, like the one that tops this week’s offerings.

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copyright Joseph Barber
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Alaskan Autumn Super Cub

Joseph Barber of Seattle, Washington provides a simple photo that we could stare at for hours. The shot comes from "a remote lake east of Talkeetna, Alaska."

(By the way: Cubs were another running theme this week – moreso than usual, that is.)

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Used with permission of Craig Bixby

Arctic Sunset – Kotzebue, Alaska

Wow. Any of these jaw-dropping dusk photos could have been a "Picture of the Week" winner on another Thursday morning, but this batch offered too much competition. Still, this beauty from Craig Bixby of Indianapolis, Indiana is sublime.

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copyright Mikko Maliniemi
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"Whoever Says a Cessna 172 Can’t Be Beautiful Is a Liar"

Mikko Maliniemi of Kuopio (Finland) serves up a shot of "the sole Cessna 172RG in the Finnish aircraft register." (Wow. Really?)

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copyright Travis Faudree
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An Afternoon in the Park

Travis Faudree of Chesapeake, Virgina had his camera on hand to capture this group of "friends, families, and aircraft enthusiasts enjoying a nice afternoon at Gravelly Point Park." Suddenly Thursday looks like a great day to knock off early and not come back to work after lunch … .

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copyright Peter D. Howell
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Two-Mile Final, Downtown St. Paul

Your new desktop wallpaper, courtesy of Pete Howell of St. Paul, Minnesota.

And that was our fifth favorite photo this week! Now you see why we opened this week’s installment with so much gushing about the quality we’ve been receiving lately. By all means, keep sending us your photos! They’re our favorite part of the week.

Oh, and don’t forget the bonus pics mixed in with the slideshow at AVweb‘s home page. Who loves ya, baby?

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.