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Photo Contest Illustrates RAF Mission

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The 2018 RAF Photo Contest concluded, with striking results. We had split the nation into five regions and asked you to send in your favorite images of your, or your friend’s airplane in a recreational setting. We also added a new category this year, for youth ages 18 and under. 

Again, our judges had difficulty selecting just one winner from each region, finally settling on eleven winners and six Honorable Mentions. Each winner will receive a package of high-quality greeting cards with their photo on the front and photo credit on the back, with our appreciation. 

Judge Ann Warner said, "How joyful it was to look at all the submissions in the 2018 photo contest and how difficult to choose only a few "winners"!  Many pilots, it appears, are also excellent photographers. These impressive pictures will make wonderful RAF note cards."  

All photos – even non-winner’s images – are archived, for possible future use in RAF publicity, including photo credit. 

Thank you to everyone who participated!

The Winning Photos


Youth 18-and-under Category

Lawson Bacheller​
Johnson Creek Airport (3U2)
Yellow Pine, Idaho


Stella McCray
Mystic Bluffs Airport (NM56)
Ramah, New Mexico


Bill Brine
Bethel, Maine

Jamie Walter
Ram Island Farm
Cape Elizabeth, Maine


Mark Wrasse
Vette/Blust Seaplane Base (96WI)
Oshkosh, Wisconsin


Jared Yates
Triple Tree Airport (SC00)
Woodruff, South Carolina


Kevin Oaks​
Talkeetna, Alaska

Mike Hines
Sullivan Lake, Washington

Kent Williams
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Ronald Apfelbaum
Hidden Splendor Airstrip
Green River, Utah

Chuck Jarecki
Black Butte North Airstrip (BB0)
Winifred, Montana


Honorable Mentions


Bill Steinmetz
North Fox Island Airport (6Y3)
North Fox Island, Michigan

John Hartz
Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Bobby Capozzi
Perry-Foley Airport (40J)
Perry, Florida

Larry Woodall
Red Creek, Arizona

Cory Kittle
Dead Cow Lake Bed, Nevada

Dustin Mosher
Koehn Lake, California