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6th Annual Amateur Aviation Photography Exhibition: Through da Vinci’s Eyes Winners

March 26, 2009

For the past six years, this Museum and the Museum of Photographic Arts have sponsored an amateur aviation photography contest for all ages.  In past years, the contest themes have encouraged photographers to take general aviation photos, with the goal being to take an intriguing, high-quality photo of an aircraft or something else in flight.  This year we decided to change that and add a twist.

In anticipation of the upcoming (at the time) exhibition The Da Vinci Experience, we asked photographers to try and look through the camera as da Vinci might have.  We wanted photographers to take pictures of aircraft or objects in flight that they could relate to da Vinci and his flight designs (such as the aerial screw, parachute, or ornithopter).  We also asked the photographers to write up a short paragraph on how their photograph relates to the da Vinci design that inspired them.

Both young and young at heart accepted our challenge and took some quite beautiful photographs. Surprisingly-we did not know how the adults would react to a writing assignment-all of them wrote up the requisite short paragraph.  Below are the winning photos from the 6th Annual Amateur Aviation Photography Competition (their work will also be shown on the Museum website).  Be sure to click on the photograph to read the descriptions written by the winners!

Grand Prize


by Nicole Mehrer

by Nicole Mehrer

Adults


First Place:

by Martin Teachworth

by Martin Teachworth

Second Place: 

by Manny Gutsche

by Manny Gutsche

Third Place:

by Bette Teachworth

by Bette Teachworth

Ages 13-17


First Place:

by Michael Jarrell

by Michael Jarrell

Second Place:

by Diana Polyak

by Diana Polyak

Third Place:

by Chris Chen

by Chris Chen

Under 12


First Place:

by Carson Bolter

by Carson Bolter

Second Place:

by Daniel Mcdougal

by Daniel Mcdougal

Third Place:

by Maddy Villacruz

by Maddy Villacruz

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