Last May, we asked you to send us your best aerospace photographs, and wow, did you ever. By the close of our first photo contest, we had received more than 2,400 entries in four categories: Civilian, Military, Spacecraft, and People & Planes. Photographers submitted entries from across the United States and around the world, from Hong Kong to Mozambique to Macedonia. We received images of rocket launches, and the space shuttles being piggybacked to their new homes. We saw A-10s popping flares after refueling over Afghanistan, and World War II aircraft honoring veterans at air shows. There were photos of airliners landing and hot-air balloons rising. See finalists in the Civilian, Military, Spacecraft, and People & Planes categories here.
We now present the winners. Thank you to everyone who entered a photograph or voted for a favorite in our Readers’ Choice category. We hope these photographs inspire you to look up when you hear an airplane passing overhead or follow future rocket launches. And be sure to enter our 2014 photo contest.