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 dropped off just a bit this week, but not enough to dampen anyone’s spirits here at “POTW” world headquarters. We’ve still got more reader-submitted photos than you can shake a stick at – which means plenty of variety to share with our readers. Strap in and let’s have a look!

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copyright William D. Vogel
Used with permission

Skycrane Aerial Tanker at the Southern California Station Fire

We were immediately taken with this photo from William D. Vogel of Yorba Linda, California – but when we realized it was a recent, timely photo of the ongoing firefighting in California, we knew it was our “Picture of the Week.”

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Used with permission of Thomas Auerbach

Truman J. Smith, Lt. Colonel, USAF (Retired)

Nothing beats a candid moment when it comes to photographing airplanes or the people who fly them. Thomas Auerbach of Ponca City, Oklahoma caught Truman Smith, author of The Wrong Stuff, “in an unguarded moment at the Ponca City Aviation Booster Club Flight Breakfast” last week.

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copyright Errol John Hand
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Lawn Ornament

Errol John Hand of Taylorsville, Kentucky reports that he’s “finally found an acceptable lawn ornament” to fit his personal taste. “Beats a bird bath or flag pole!” he writes.

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Used with permission of Andrew Morrison

Clouds Bathe an Alaskan Cub

Andrew Morrison of Collegeville, Pennsylvania takes satisfaction in life’s simple pleasures, and this photo is his reward: “No manipulation, no PhotoShop – just a beautiful day, a beautiful plane, and good timing.”

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copyright Contributor #5
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Cable Car for “Star Wars”

Does everyone in aviation know each other? Some days it seems that way – like when we peeked at the names on this photo submission and discovered that Peter Maurer had been traveling with Swiss “POTW”-contributor-beyond-compare Gilbert Benzonana when he snapped this shot. All credit goes to Peter, but Gilbert did explain what we were looking at – the “top of the ‘Aiguille du Midi,’ 12,605 feet over the Chamonix valley – with one of the highest cable cars in Europe.”

(Yes, this does feed our paranoia that you’re all traveling the world and having great fun while we’re stuck here working on AVweb. Not that we mind – as long as you keep the photos coming!)

Want more? There’s a dozen bonus photos up in the slideshow on AVweb‘s home page. Why don’t you cruise over there and have a look?

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.