The time has come around this year, again, for Iowa DOT’s annual aviation photography competition. Like previous years, I’ve culled out some of my favorite airplane-themed photos for submission in the competition. It’s a hard decision, and narrowing down some of my favorites is difficult to do from the hundreds of aviation photos I’ve captured throughout the year.
Plus, there are just so many different aspects of aviation that can be captured on film! The Iowa DOT offers different categories to make it easier to judge and categorize them, but narrowing down which shots I want to submit is a bit like trying to pick a favorite food; it’s just hard to do! There’s something about the magic of a child’s eyes when he/she gets near airplanes, and there’s something about the structural beauty and design of the metalwork of an airplane. Capturing a student’s perseverance and dedication to earning a Pilot’s License is beautiful while airshows and gatherings of fly-in pilots capture another aspect of the aviation community.
That being said, here are some of my favorite aviation shots that I submitted to the 2017 Iowa DOT Aviation Photography Competition.