Wingtip Wonders Photo Contest Winners
First Place Mark Paulda
“A sunset can mean different things to different people. To some it means an end of the day and time for rest. To others, it brings a sense of stillness that they hope will carry them through their day.
The sunset is even more gorgeous to watch when you’re high above land in an airplane flying away from the sunset’s place on Earth. The view is stunning, and as daylight turns into night you see parts of the sunset persist below you with an ethereal feel as one part of the world falls into darkness while another emerges in light. It can be seen as a symbol for how we are all connected by being on this planet together at this moment in history–something big will happen tomorrow, something small will happen today; nothing lasts forever and everything changes.
Many people have feelings of peace, tranquility and happiness when they are able to enjoy the sunset, and this is especially true when viewing from high above land. There’s something about sunset that can make us feel connected to the world in ways we might not otherwise be able to experience while focusing on hectic aspects of our daily lives when our feet are firmly planted on the ground.”
Second Place David Prasek
Victor Over Harpers Ferry
“I recently purchased a GoPro and exterior camera mounts. I was looking for new and creative angles to update our website media. I had never seen photos taken from this point of view and I thought it would be unique. I used this format on several other airplanes in various backdrops, but this one stands out. Harpers Ferry makes the perfect backdrop for us flying in the Frederick Area. I was lucky to time the flight to maximize the natural light and show the landscape and the playful paint scheme of the Cessna 172 Cutlass”
Third Place Greg Pfeil
Contrails, Contrails, and more Contrails
“This shot was taken in the late afternoon of early February climbing out of Miami on our way to San Antonio. The weather conditions were such that it seemed every plane – in every direction for hundreds of miles – was leaving a contrail. In 46 years of flying, I had never seen so many contrails as this day produced. The scene was made even more dramatic when a small layer of Cirrus clouds drifted by the sun.”