Enter Our Second Annual Photo Contest!

Send us your best shot by midnight, September 30 and win cash prizes.

David Becker of St. George, Utah, was a finalist in last year’s Civilian category for his shot of a SkyWest EMB 120 taking off in a downpour. (David Becker)

The 2014 Air & Space / Smithsonian magazine photo contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry. We will post the finalists shortly.

Outstanding photography has always been a hallmark of Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine. For every issue, we review hundreds of photographs and select the best ones to help tell a story, capture a moment in history, or just make readers say Wow.

Now it’s your turn.

If you’ve photographed a favorite airplane at an airshow, taken a stunning picture of a celestial body from your backyard, or snapped a picture to capture a moment of your own history with airplanes, we’d like to see your photographs. More importantly, if they make us say Wow, we’d like to show them off—and we’ll pay for the privilege.

If you are 18 years or older, you can enter your photographs in any of four categories—Military, Civilian, People & Planes, and Astronomy—and compete to win cash prizes. Winning photographs will appear in the magazine and on the website. Review our contest rules and list of frequently asked questions, then send us your best shots using our entry form.

For inspiration, you may want to take a look at our gallery of winners from last year.

Photographs must have been taken between January 1, 2011 and September 30, 2014. The contest is open until September 30, 2014, at midnight, EST.

Category winners will receive $100. The Grand Prize winner will receive $500. All winners will be announced in our February/March 2015 issue.



Photographs of any aircraft or spacecraft, vintage or modern; everything from homebuilts to rockets to aerobatic craft to airliners.


Images of fixed-wing or rotary aircraft, or UAVs—in any category from combat to cargo—currently operated or operated in the past by any armed service.

People & Planes

Images of pilots or enthusiasts with the airplanes they love.


Photographs of celestial bodies, whether taken in your backyard with your camera or through a telescope.

Readers’ Choice

Starting in December 2014, visitors to our website will be able to vote for their favorite photographs. The photograph with the most votes will receive a $100 prize.

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