After its extremely popular debut in 2006, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) announces the AOPA Pilot 2007 General Aviation Photography Contest. All amateur photographers are encouraged to submit photos that capture the beauty and spirit of general aviation (GA), which includes all flight except scheduled airlines and the military.
"Aviation has an allure that is attractive to both pilots and nonpilots," said Tom Haines, editor in chief of AOPA Pilot. "This contest celebrates general aviation and is a way to share it through photographs."
The contest is open to AOPA members and non-members. Each person may submit one photo per month in each of the following five categories: GA aircraft, airports, pilots, aerials, and altered images.
Each month between January and August, subscribers to AOPA's weekly electronic newsletter, AOPA ePilot, will be invited to go online and select a photo of the month. Those photographs will be published each month in AOPA Pilot.
Once the contest ends on September 4, 2007, AOPA members and a panel of AOPA judges will select three winners in each of the five categories and an overall grand award winner. All of the top photos in each category will be published in the December 2007 issue of AOPA Pilot. The winner in each category will receive $1,000, and the grand prize winner overall will receive an additional $1,000. Cash prizes will also be provided to the second and third place winners in each category.
Brian Dary won the 2006 grand prize with his photo, "A Good Morning" ( www.aopa.org/photocontest06/). The photo featured an Alaskan sunrise with a de Havilland DH-2 Beaver on floats at the Juneau float pond next to Juneau International Airport.
For more information, including the complete set of rules, visit www.aopa.org/photocontest/.
The nearly 410,000-member AOPA has represented the interests of general aviation pilots since 1939. General aviation includes all flying except the scheduled airlines and the military. Nearly two-thirds of all U.S. pilots, and three-quarters of the GA pilots, are AOPA members.
Editors: The winning photo from the 2006 may be printed only in conjunction with promotion of the 2007 contest.
January 8, 2007