Fifth Annual Photo Contest Winners

The best shots from this year’s competition.

This view of a balloon touching down in Portage, Michigan won in the Reader’s Choice Category. (John Seward)
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We count on our readers to take aerospace photography to new heights, and this year, you reached the pinnacle.

Entries to our fifth photo contest included breathtaking images of the North American eclipse; the controlled mayhem of an aircraft carrier flight deck; planespotting all over the world; and the fraternity experienced at an airshow. From these dramatic choices, which you can still view at airspacemag.com/photocontest, our judges selected a Grand Prize winner, as well as a winner in each of four categories: Military, Civilian, Astronomy, and People & Planes. And you picked the Readers’ Choice winner by voting on our website.

Here, then, are the winners. Thank you to everyone who entered a photograph or voted for a favorite. ~ The editors

Military Category Winner

Zac Crawford

(Air Station Clearwater, Florida) | September 2017

A U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk crew returns to Air Station Clearwater after flying in support of Hurricane Irma relief operations. “The way the airplane is positioned outside the hangar is something you can see almost any day at the air station,” says Crawford, “but it just caught my eye that day for some reason. With this image I wanted to show the public how our military services are assisting the people of Florida after Hurricane Irma.” The Category 5 hurricane caused catastrophic damage throughout its path.

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