Shutter bugs, here's your chance! The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is kicking off its first-ever photo contest - the AOPA Pilot 2006 General Aviation Photography Contest. Amateur photographers are invited to submit photos that relate specifically to general aviation (GA). Cash prizes will be awarded for winning entries in five categories.
"GA pilots are passionate about airplanes, airports, and everything else associated with aviation," said Tom Haines, editor in chief of AOPA Pilot. "This contest allows them to share their passion through their aviation photographs."
The contest is open until September 1, 2006. Entries may be uploaded to the AOPA Web site at www.aopa.org/photocontest/. Each entrant may submit one photo in each of five categories (general aviation aircraft, airports, pilots, aerials, and altered images) per month.
Subscribers to AOPA's weekly electronic newsletter, ePilot, will be invited to go online each month and vote for an "Entry of the Month."
After the contest closes on September 1, 2006, a panel of AOPA Pilot judges will choose the top three photographs in each category, a total of 15 photos, from all entries submitted. AOPA members will be invited online again to vote for the first, second, and third place winners in each category.
The top three winning entries in each category, and the grand award winner selected by AOPA Pilot judges, will be announced at AOPA Expo in Palm Springs, Calif., which will be held November 9-11, 2006. The winning photographs and selected finalists will be published in the December 2006 issue of AOPA Pilot.
The first place winner in each category will receive $750. The second place winner in each category will receive $500. The third place winner in each category will receive $100. A grand prize of an additional $1,000 will be awarded to an entrant selected by the judges from among the first place winners in each category.
For the complete rules, and to upload contest photos, go to www.aopa.org/photocontest/. More information was also published in the April 2006 issue of AOPA Pilot, including a feature article by AOPA Pilot senior photographer Mike Fizer with tips and tricks for aviation photography.
The more than 407,000-member AOPA has represented the interests of GA pilots since 1939. GA 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.
March 17, 2006