The winners of the second annual ROTOR Magazine Photo Contest were unveiled in the just-printed Winter 2014 issue of the magazine, which is the Helicopter Association International’s official publication.
This year’s grand prize winner shows a Belgian Air Force SeaKing taking part in a rescue demonstration.
“First, let me thank the photographers — all 246 of them — who submitted more than 1,100 photos,” said ROTOR magazine editor Gina Kvitkovich. “The thing I love about this contest is that it lets us set aside the regulations, the politics, the finances, the labor involved in helicopter aviation for at least a moment. Instead, we can focus on these beautiful, powerful machines that, with the right pilot and crew, can do things and go places that no other machine can.”
The five categories in the contest were Helicopters at Work, Helicopters Serving the Community, Helicopters in the Military, People and Their Helicopters, and Cellphone Photos.
The grand prize photo was taken by Tom Buysse of Asper, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Buysse wins $500.
The winners of each of the categories below will win $50. All of their photos will appear in the current issue of ROTOR and will also be displayed at HAI HELI-EXPO 2014 in Anaheim, California, Feb. 24–27.
HELICOPTERS AT WORK
HELICOPTERS SERVING THE COMMUNITY
During the Springs Fire in May 2013, Richard Gillard of Thousand Oaks, California, captured the Ventura County (California) Aviation Unit in action, saving some houses from a blaze that burned more than 24,000 acres.
HELICOPTERS IN THE MILITARY
LCDR Scott “Smoke” Moak, US Navy, Chesapeake, Virginia, wanted viewers to experience what it is like when a helicopter lands in support of ground troops, including “feeling the rotor wash.” The judges felt he succeeded with this photo of a Sikorsky MH-60S “KnightHawk” landing for casualty evacuation training.
PEOPLE AND THEIR HELICOPTERS
While working with two crews of heli-rappellers fighting a fire in eastern Oregon, Mekel Hofman of Boise, Idaho, used his iPhone 4s to photograph the crews heading back to their Bell 212s in the evening.
The 2015 ROTOR Magazine Photo Contest will begin Aug. 1, 2014. You’ll be able to submit your photos at Rotor.org.