Your Flying World

Top 25 Plane Photos From Plane & Pilot’s Your Flying World Contest
The number and quality of the submissions to our inaugural photo contest blew us away. We think you’ll see why.
The joy part of judging this contest is plain, and I’m confident that no words are needed to convince you of that…

FIRST PLACE: Jon Hicks, “Fiery Sunrise Over Texas
Our Grand Prize winner was a unanimous pick to be among the top three, the only photograph in the contest so recognized. In it, Jon Hicks captured a Texas sunrise that not only dominates the sky but also lights up the top cowling of his Aviat Husky (as though the machine itself has become an integral part of the landscape, which pilots know is often closer to the truth than not). The shot defies some of the most frequent admonitions in photography to offset elements and use the Rule of Thirds. This sunset is in your face and dominating the scene. Just as it is in real life. (Okay, let’s go flying now, right?) Congratulations, Jon!
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SECOND PLACE: Kent Wein, “Chasing Cristo”
Kent Wein’s “Seeking Christo” took Second Place honors. Its construction of elements complement each other compositionally and thematically, with Christ The Redeemer, the 100-foot-tall soapstone masterpiece by designer/sculptor Paul Landowski, opening his arms to all. As it approaches the giant figure, the wing of the paraglider reflects that pose, its pilot doubtless experiencing the kind of sublime experience the artist had in mind. Guest judge Jim Koepnick was impressed by the scope of the photo (not an easy thing to do with aircraft) and the counterpoint of the statue.
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THIRD PLACE: James Popovic, “Katama Airfield”
The Third Place photograph, by James Popovic, is entitled “Katama Airfield,” the airport where it was shot on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. The photograph, like Katama itself, with its grass strip and resort-style atmosphere, is one that evokes a bygone time. Many of the top images in our contest were done spur of the moment (a good reminder to have a camera ready); Popovic’s shot was carefully set up to capture a Norman Rockwell vibe, with Stearman and barn dog! Don’t fail to notice the biplane taking the skies behind the far hangar! It’s amazing everywhere you look. Judge Steve Zimmerman said that the image was, “Wonderfully evocative of an earlier age. The panoramic framing works well; muted light from the overcast sky renders the scene in subtle shades of gray; and we can only tip our hats to the photographer’s artful intent and execution…and their split-second timing.”
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Joseph Poff’s “Welcome To Seattle”
Joseph Poff caught this plane cresting Mt. Rainier and an impressive lenticular cloud on its way into Seattle, Washington. Poff, a pilot, CPA and musician, got the short from his backyard deck using a Nikon D3400 with a 70-300 mm zoom lens.
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Maciej Hatta’s “Final Moon”
For photographer Maciej Hatta, getting this shot was way more science project than snapshot. Using a planetary guide app, he figured out just when the Hunter Moon would intersect with the departure path from Westchester County Airport and nailed the shot using a Sony A7iii.

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Your Flying World Contest
By Plane & Pilot, Introduction by Isabel Goyer

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“I Must Go In – The Fog is Rising.”

Who said, “I must go in, the fog is rising.” Emily Dickinson did. These photographers headed into the fog and came away with some amazing shots.

“God’s First Light” by Ann Baldock
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“Above the mist” by Sandi Bertoncelj
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“Foggy Burnett #1” by Brad Grove
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“I Was There Also…” by Gabriel Salvador
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“My favourite!” by Deb Rose
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more in: “I Must Go In – The Fog is Rising.” 35 Fog Photos Ignite Your Imagination
at gurushots

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Agora’s best urban photos of the year

The spectacle of city life in Agora’s best urban photos of the year
The top 50 urban photos from global photography social network Agora span an incredible array of subjects and styles. Covering everything from drone shots to surreal portraits, these spectacular images encapsulate the rich, diverse and lively energy of city life in the 21st century.

‘Standing strong’ by @oystein
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‘Eyeshape’ by @marcelvanbalken
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‘Sunrise in the city’ by @tobboh
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‘Colored cubes’ by @angiolomanetti
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‘Nightscape in Rome’ by @henrydo
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The spectacle of city life in Agora’s best urban photos of the year
more by Rich Haridy at new atlas

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A bunny morning in Moravia…

Maya V Photography

A bunny morning in Moravia
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The little snail
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Моравские закаты
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Bulgarian wild peonies
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“Моравские сказки”
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Maya V Photography
Maya Vrangova | Mая Врънгова

more at 35photo

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Celebrating Our Oaks

Wakehurst is delighted to be hosting a prestigious exhibition of photography, Celebrating Our Oaks which was launched by Action Oak in partnership with the International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY). 31 January to 28 February 2019.

‘Oak Sunrise’ by Alan Price
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‘Ancient Oak Reflection’ by Marion Sidebottom
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‘Ancient Sessile Oak’ by John Glover
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‘Devon Valley Oak’ by Andrew Lawson
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‘Misty Wistman’s Wood’ by Anna Curnow
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Celebrating Our Oaks
more details at KEW

Nature, travel and landscape by Tiger Seo

“I’m a nature, travel and landscape photographer based on Goyang, Korea.”

Foggy morning
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Woman in rays
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Stand
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Reflection
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Sunrise on the power tower
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Nature, travel and landscape by Tiger Seo
more at 35photo

Sunrise Photography Tips that will get you more Likes

We call it the golden hour for a reason. Yes, sunrise and sunset are both beautiful and serene, but they also happen to provide the perfect amount of light and color to transform an ordinary photo into one worthy of record-breaking Instagram likes. We’re breaking down the ideal sunrise photography session based on location.

Snapping a Skyline Sunrise
Olympus User Gallery Contributor, Alan Glazier | Shot on an Olympus OM-D
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Sunrise Over Sand and Sea
Olympus User Gallery Contributor, Michael Garnier | OM-D E-M10 Mark II | M.Zuiko 14-42mm F3.5-5.6
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Olympus Visionary, Alex McClure | Shot with an Olympus OM-D Camera, M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO
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A Journalistic Sunrise
Olympus User Gallery Contributor, Michael Garnier | OM-D E-M10 Mark II | M.Zuiko 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R
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Sunrise Photography Tips that will get you more Likes
more details at Olympus