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Plane & Pilot 2024 Photo Contest

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Prizes

1st Prize
  • One (1) David Clark DC ONE-X headset
  • Flight Outfitters swag bag
  • $250 Flying Eyes Optics gift certificate
  • $100 Sporty’s gift certificate
  • One (1) one-year Plane & Pilot Membership
  • Publication in a special multi-spread feature in an issue of Plane & Pilot
  • Publication in the Plane & Pilot online Winners’ gallery
2nd Prize
  • Flight Outfitters swag bag
  • $250 Flying Eyes Optics gift certificate
  • $100 Sporty’s gift certificate
  • One (1) one-year Plane & Pilot Membership
  • Publication in a special multi-spread feature in an issue of Plane & Pilot
  • Publication in the Plane & Pilot online Winners’ gallery
3rd Prize
  • Flight Outfitters swag bag
  • $250 Flying Eyes Optics gift certificate
  • $100 Sporty’s gift certificate
  • One (1) one-year Plane & Pilot Membership
  • Publication in a special multi-spread feature in an issue of Plane & Pilot
  • Publication in the Plane & Pilot online Winners’ gallery

Past Contests

Explore past winners, finalists and prizes from our previous contests.

View Contests

Frequently asked questions and official rules

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions. If your question isn’t answered here, please send us an email at editor@planeandpilotmag.com with the following details:

  1. “2024 Photo Contest” as the subject line
  2. Your name/username
  3. The nature of the problem

Question: Who may enter?

Answer:

The contest is open to individuals over the age of 18 and residents of the U.S. See contest rules for more details and limitations.

Question: How do I enter?

Answer:

Click “Submit Your Images.” You’ll need to be logged in to your Plane & Pilot account to enter. If you don’t have an account, click here to register for your free account.

Question: How much does it cost to enter?

Answer:

There is no charge to enter this year’s photo contest.

Question: Are there any special considerations in taking my photographs?

Answer:

We will not accept, and may remove entries if they contain, the following photographs/submissions:

  1. Photographs of mishaps or pilots otherwise coming to grief.
  2. Images showing irresponsible or questionably legal flying practices.
  3. Submissions taken while the PIC should be piloting instead of photographing.
  4. Air-to-air photography submissions. Photos from the ground of planes or of the landscape from the air are fine, but air-to-air shots of other planes are not eligible.

Please photograph safely.

Question: I'm having trouble uploading my image.

Answer:

If you’re having difficulty uploading your image, please try a different browser. If you still have difficulties, please contact us at editor@planeandpilotmag.com with the subject line “2024 Photo Contest”. Please include your name and contact information in your message so we can respond with assistance.

Question: In what format should I submit my photos?

Answer:

Each photograph must be submitted in .JPG or .PNG format and cannot exceed 4 MB in size. Also, make sure your photo is in the sRGB color space, or else your image may look discolored.

Question: How many photos may I enter?

Answer:

There is no limit to the amount of photos you may enter.

Question: Can I pass the word on this competition to my friends, classmates, Facebook/Twitter followers, etc.?

Answer:

Yes, please! The link to the contest portal is https://www.planeandpilotmag.com/contest-gallery/contest-gallery-id-1/

Question: Do I have to print or mail in my photos?

Answer:

No. Please upload entries using the online entry form. Mailed submissions will not be accepted.

Question: Can I process my photos using Photoshop or another image-processing program?

Answer:

Entries must be a single image as captured by the camera, with adjustments limited to standard photo processing such as color and exposure adjustments and basic retouching such as spot removal or noise reduction. Images must not be ’composite images’ that combine subjects or elements from different scenes’ replacing a background or sky, for example. Exceptions include the use of HDR exposure stacking, focus stacking or similar techniques used for a single composition where the camera was not moved. As part of the judging process, our judges at their discretion may request the original RAW file capture for review.

Question: When will the winners be notified and announced?

Answer:

By April 30, 2024. First, Second, and Third prize winners, along with two Honorable Mentions, will be published in the June 2024 issue of Plane & Pilot magazine. 

Plane & Pilot Magazine Plane & Pilot 2024 Photo Contest Official Rules

ELIGIBILITY:
Plane & Pilot’s 2024 Plane & Pilot Photo Contest (“Contest”) is open only to individuals who are over 18 years of age and who are residents of the U.S. Employees of FLYING Media Group, (“Sponsors”), and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child and sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and/or those living in same household of each, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate or win. Sponsors reserve the right to verify all eligibility requirements. Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

QUALIFIED ENTRIES:
Entries must be a single image as captured by the camera, with adjustments limited to standard photo processing such as color and exposure adjustments and basic retouching such as spot removal or noise reduction. Images must not be ’composite images’ that combine subjects or elements from different scenes’ replacing a background or sky, for example. Exceptions include the use of HDR exposure stacking, focus stacking, or similar techniques used for a single composition where the camera was not moved. As part of the judging process, our judges at their discretion may request the original RAW file capture for review.

CONTEST PERIOD:
The Contest will begin on January 1, 2024 at 7:00 AM PDT, and end on March 31, 2024 at 11:59 PM PDT (the ’Contest Period’).

HOW TO ENTER:
Click the submit your images button to submit. All entries must be received by March 31, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. PDT to be eligible. Each photograph must be submitted in .JPG or .PNG, and cannot exceed 4 MB in size. All submissions are final. Please note: Entries submitted online will be eligible for (i) the First Place Prize (as described below), (ii) Second Place Prize (as described below), (iii) Third Place Prize (as described below), and (iv) Honorable Mention Prize (as described below).

Entry must be the original work of the entrant and entrant must be the sole owner of the copyright of such entry. Entry must be in keeping with the Sponsors’ image and may not be inappropriate or offensive, as determined by the Sponsors in their sole discretion, nor can it defame or invade publicity rights or privacy of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon any person’s personal or property rights or any other third-party rights. The Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify any entry they deem to be offensive, inappropriate, that is not in keeping with Sponsors’ image or that is otherwise not in compliance with the terms of these Official Rules. Entrant must have obtained express written consent to submit any entry that contains persons other than entrant or third-party elements not owned by entrant and, if requested to do so, produce such written consent from appropriate parties in a form and manner acceptable to the Sponsors.

By submitting an Entry, entrant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsors may obtain many Entries in connection with this Contest and/or other contests staged and/or promoted by the Sponsors, and that such Entries may be similar or identical in theme, idea, format, or other respects to other Entries submitted in connection with this Contest and/or other contests sponsored by the Sponsors or submitted for other reasons or other materials developed by the Sponsors. Entrant waives any and all claims entrant may have had, may have, and/or may have in the future, that any Entry and/or other works accepted, reviewed and/or used by the entrant may be similar to his/her Entry, or that any compensation is due to entrant in connection with such Entry or other works used by Sponsors.

PRIZE JUDGING:
One (1) potential First Place Prize winner, one (1) potential Second Place winner, one (1) potential Third Place winner, and up to two (2) potential Honorable Mentions will be determined from among all eligible entries received by a process of public voting. The entrants who submitted the entry receiving the highest scores, as determined by the Sponsors in their sole discretion, will be the potential winners and finalists respectively.

In the event of a tie for any prize, an additional “tie-breaking” judge will determine the applicable winner or finalists from among those tied using the Criteria. The Sponsors reserve the right to not award any prize if, in their sole discretion, an insufficient number of eligible and qualified entries are received. Decisions of the Sponsors and judges are final and binding.

WINNER NOTIFICATION:
Potential winners will be notified by telephone, mail and/or e-mail by April 30, 2024 and will be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability and, unless prohibited, a Publicity Release, a W-9 Form and any additional documents that may be required by prize provider within fourteen (14) days of date of issuance. If any potential winner is an eligible minor in his or her jurisdiction of residence, prize may, at the Sponsors’ discretion, be awarded in the name of the parent or legal guardian, and such parent or legal guardian will be required to fulfill all requirements imposed on winners set forth herein. Noncompliance with this time period or with these Official Rules, or the return of any prize notification as undeliverable, may result in disqualification and, at the Sponsors’ discretion, the prize will be awarded to an applicable runner-up.

PRIZES:
First Place Prize:
One (1) David Clark DC ONE-X headset (ARV $895); One (1) One-year Plane & Pilot Membership (ARV $29.97); Flight Outfitters swag bag (ARV $150); Flying Eyes Optics gift certificate (ARV $250); Sporty’s gift certificate (ARV $100); publication in a special multi-spread feature in an issue of Plane & Pilot (ARV priceless); publication in the Plane & Pilot online Winners’ gallery.
Total First Place ARV: Approximately $1,424.97

Second Place Prize:
One (1) One-year Plane & Pilot VIP Membership (ARV $29.97); Flight Outfitters swag bag (ARV $150); Flying Eyes Optics gift certificate (ARV $250); Sporty’s gift certificate (ARV $100); publication in a special multi-spread feature in an issue of Plane & Pilot (ARV priceless); Publication in the Plane & Pilot online Winners’ gallery.
Total Second Place ARV: approximately $529.97

Third Place Prize:
One (1) One-year Plane & Pilot VIP Membership (ARV $29.97); Flight Outfitters swag bag (ARV $150); Flying Eyes Optics gift certificate (ARV $250); Sporty’s gift certificate (ARV $100); publication in a special multi-spread feature in an issue of Plane & Pilot (ARV priceless); Publication in the Plane & Pilot online Winners’ gallery.
Total Third Place ARV: Approximately $529.97

Honorable Mentions Prize (2 prizes):
One (1) One-year Plane & Pilot VIP Membership (ARV $29.97); Flight Outfitters swag bag (ARV $150); Flying Eyes Optics gift certificate (ARV $250); publication in a special multi-spread feature in an issue of Plane & Pilot (ARV priceless).
Total Honorable Mention ARV: Approximately $429.97

Current total ARV of all prizes: $3,344.85

If, for any reason, the Sponsors do not feature any of the winning entries in Plane & Pilot magazine, no compensation or substitution will be provided; however, the remainder of prize package will be awarded and the Sponsors will have no further obligation to winners. All prize details are at the sole discretion of the Sponsors. No substitution, cash equivalent or transfer of prizes permitted by winners. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) of comparable or greater value, in their sole discretion. All federal, state, and local taxes as well as any costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being awarded are the sole responsibility of each winner. Prizes are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either expressed or implied by the Sponsors. Limit one (1) prize per household.

USE OF ENTRY:
By submitting an entry, entrant grants the Sponsors and their designees an irrevocable, royalty-free, nonexclusive, worldwide perpetual license to use the entry and his/her name, city and state of residence for credit purposes in Sponsors’ online galleries, without further compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law. In addition, each winner grants to the Sponsors and their designees an irrevocable, royalty-free, nonexclusive, worldwide perpetual license to use and distribute the entry (as submitted, or as cropped by the Sponsors), and his/her name, city and state of residence for credit purposes, in any and all media now or hereafter known, including without limitation in Plane & Pilot and any FLYING Media Group magazines for purposes of promotion of this Contest except as otherwise stated herein, without further compensation, notification, or permission, unless prohibited by law.

USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION:
Your personal information collected in connection with this Contest will be used in accordance with FLYING Media Group’s Privacy Policy (available at https://www.planeandpilotmag.com/privacy-policy-statement/) including, without limitation, for marketing and promotional purposes.

MISCELLANEOUS:

Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for late, lost, garbled, damaged, incomplete, delayed, undelivered, or misdirected entries or photographs or for computer, technical, printing, typographical, human or other errors relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, inability to access any website associated with the Contest, errors which may occur in the administration of the Contest, the processing or judging of entries, the announcement of the prizes or in any Contest-related materials. If for any reason the Contest (or any portion thereof) is not capable of running as planned, including infection by tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsors reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest and, if terminated, at its discretion, determine winners from among all non-suspect, eligible entries received up to time of such action using judging procedure described above. By participating, entrant agrees (i) to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsors and judges, which are final and binding in all respects, and (ii) to hold the Sponsors and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, prize suppliers and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective directors, officers, employees and agents of the foregoing (collectively, the “Released Parties”), harmless against any and all claims and liability arising, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, out of or in connection with participation in this Contest, acceptance and use of any prize or Released Parties’ use of any of the rights granted herein. Sponsors may disqualify (and void all associated entries) anyone from participating in the Contest or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that such person is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, deception or other unfair practices, or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrant or Sponsors’ representatives or who is otherwise not in compliance with the terms of these rules. ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSORS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND OTHER REMEDIES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

SPONSORS:
FLYING Media Group, LLC, 605 Chestnut St #800, Chattanooga, TN 37450
David Clark Company, 360 Franklin Street, Worcester, MA 01604
Flying Eyes Optics, 118 Trademark Drive; Suite 504; Buda, TX 78610
Flight Outfitters, Cincinnati Batavia Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45245
Sporty’s Pilot Shop, 2001 Sporty’s Dr, Batavia, OH 45103

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