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Winners of AOPA Photo Contest, sponsored by Faro Aviation

In May, AOPA asked you to submit your best aviation images celebrating the joy of flying. We received more than 750 entries, in three categories “people,” “places," and “aircraft.” AOPA Photographer Chris Rose, Senior Art Director Jill Benton, and Editor Ian J. Twombly narrowed the field to the top nine, and then you voted for the three winners in each category. Winners receive a new Faro headset and goodies from the AOPA Store.
  • Jeff Titterington's photo, "Yellow Hot Rod," won the "aircraft" category.
  • W. Scott Olsen's photo, "Prairie Crosswind," won the "people" category.
  • Paul Morel's photo, "Waiting for Weather to Pass," won the "places" category.

Faro AviationJeff Titterington of Florida took his photo, “Yellow Hot Rod,” to win the “aircraft” category. The airplane is the Granville brothers’ Gee Bee Z City of Springfield, which is in the Fantasy of Flight museum in Polk City, Florida (now closed to the public).

W. Scott Olsen, of Fargo, North Dakota, a frequent contributing writer to AOPA Pilot and Flight Training magazines, won the “people” category with his photograph, “Prairie Crosswind,” of Jacey Mitziga in 40-knot winds on the northern prairie at Fargo’s Hector Field.

Paul Morel of Georgia, a former Delta Air Lines pilot, took his photo, “Waiting for Weather to Pass,” of Glen Gladis’ 1942 Stearman with his Nikon D90 55mm lens to win the “places” category. “I used high dynamic range (HDR) to give the photo more vibrant color and details,” he said. It garnered the most votes in the online voting.

AOPA Photo Contest honorable mentions go to Mike Young for his photograph “Are We Home Yet?" of puppies on board and Patty Veenstra Reyes for a toddler in a headset, “Cleared for Takeoff,” in the “people” category; Kevin Young for “Campers Take Cover” and David F. Clemmer for “Grassroots GA” in the “places” category; and Richard Jones for “Proteus” and Mike Mulligan for “Preparing to Launch” in the “aircraft” category.

Julie Walker

Julie Summers Walker

AOPA Senior Features Editor
AOPA Senior Features Editor Julie Summers Walker joined AOPA in 1998. She is a student pilot still working toward her solo.

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