The 2019 RAF Photo Contest has concluded, again with breathtaking results. Close to 200 submissions came from five geographic regions, including an International category. 

Our judges had difficulty selecting just one winner from each region, finally settling on nine winners and three Honorable Mentions. 

We are pleased that photos came from several airfields where the RAF has had an impact. Winners or Honorable Mentions included images of Schafer Meadows and Ryan Field, MT; Mexican Mountain, UT; and Miracle Mile, WY.

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. 

Vice President of Appreciation Joshua Hart served as one of the judges and said, “I enjoyed judging the RAF photo contest. There were many great photos highlighting the beauty of backcountry flying. Thank you for letting me enjoy your submissions thus adding to my bucket list of fly-to destinations!”

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

Thank you to everyone who participated!

Photo Contest Winners

Photo by Heidi Stoeppler
Prickett-Grooms Airport (6Y9)
Sidnaw, Michigan

Photo by Chuck Kinberger
St. Johns River, Florida

Photo by Chet Leach
Gypsum Salt Flats, New Mexico

Photo by Ted Waltman
Nikolai Pass, McCarthy, Alaska

Photo by Tom Gresham
Sulphur Creek Ranch (ID74), Idaho
Photo by Jeremy Lezin
Lake Powell, Utah

Photo by Todd Banks
Schafer Meadows (8U2), Montana
Photo by Todd Banks
Miracle Mile, Wyoming
Photo by Charles Christenson
Stafford Lake, British Columbia

Honorable Mentions

Photo by Chuck Jarecki
Mexican Mountain, Utah
Photo by Chris Aasen
Lower Loon Creek (C53), Idaho
Photo by Jim Stevensen
Ryan Field (2MT1), Montana

Submitted on November 15, 2019


  1. Jacob Boracca on December 1, 2019 at 5:15 am

    Congrats Jeremy!

  2. Penny Hergenrather on December 1, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Takes your breath away even in a picture, and when you’ve actually seen it, well that’s why we fly!

  3. Rusty on December 1, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Way to go Todd!

  4. Tom Jones on December 6, 2019 at 3:52 am

    All the photos are amazing and like Penny said, it why we fly! There is no greater freedom than flying and Todd Banks Miracle Mile Wyoming photo expresses that freedom better then any I’ve every seen. The magnificent star light sky and the peacefulness a wilderness adventure on the banks of a blue ribbon river. Thank you Todd

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