Enter our Fifth Annual Photo Contest!

Send us your best shots by November 1, 2017, and win cash prizes.

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Donna Rowley—the Military category winner from last year—caught the Red Arrows at the Air Waves Portrush International Airshow in Northern Ireland, September 2015. "I have tried for years to get the perfect shot of the Red Arrows, the iconic Royal Air Force Display Team, performing their highly complex showstopper, the Gypo Break," says Rowley. "My timing was always off by a fraction. Seeing this image on my camera brought tears to my eyes, and I'm thrilled it is now able to be appreciated by a wider audience."

Outstanding photography has been a hallmark of Air & Space / Smithsonian magazine since the magazine was founded. For every issue, we review hundreds of photographs to select the best ones to help tell a story in aviation or space history, or just make readers say Wow. Now it’s your turn. If you’ve photographed a favorite airplane at an airshow in the past three years; if you’ve snapped a picture to help you remember a moment in your own history with airplanes or spacecraft; if you’ve taken an image of the stars, we’d like to see your photographs. More importantly, if they make us say Wow, we’d like to show them off—and we’ll pay for the privilege.

If you are 18 years old or older, you can enter your photographs in any of our four categories—Military, Civilian, People & Planes, Astronomy—and compete to win cash prizes. Winning photographs will appear in the magazine and on our website. Review our contest rules and list of frequently asked questions, then send us your best shots. Check out last year’s winners for some inspiration.

Photographs must have been taken between January 1, 2014, and November 1, 2017. The contest is open until November 1, 2017, midnight, EST.


Military: Images of fixed-wing or rotary aircraft, or UAVs—in any category from combat to cargo—currently operated or operated in the past by any armed service.

Civilian: Photographs of any aircraft or spacecraft, vintage or modern, used for personal or business purposes; everything from homebuilts to ultralights to rockets to airliners.

Astronomy: Photographs of celestial bodies, whether taken in your backyard with your camera or through a telescope.

People & Planes: Images of airplanes and the people who appreciate them, anyone from pilots to ground crews to enthusiasts.

Readers’ Choice: Starting in December 2017, visitors to our website will be able to vote for their favorite photographs. The photograph with the most votes will receive a $100 prize.

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