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, 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

People & Planes Category Winner

James Ross

(Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand) | October 2017

“I took this photo as part of my job; I’m a camera flier at Skydive Abel Tasman,” says Ross. “After setting down and seeing the photograph, something about the image just stuck with me. It shows what I feel when I skydive, and why I chose it as a career. It’s a breathtaking experience, and gives you such a sense of freedom.”


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