Upper Saranac Lake, New York, photo by Sarah Tamar.

The tradition continues! Thanks to your great response in past years, we’re once again kicking off the RAF 2021 Photo Contest! It’s time again to submit your favorites.

From October 1-31, send us your best photos of scenic, recreational airstrips. Again this year, we are including the “RAF Mission” category, for photos we feel best illustrate people enjoying recreational aviation, regardless of region. 

Winning images will appear on the popular RAF Thank You cards that go out to thousands of donors and supporters. Winners receive a pack of high quality RAF greeting cards with their image on the front, just in time for the holidays.

A winner from each of five U.S. regions will be selected; plus the RAF Mission category. The region is determined by where the photo is taken, not the photographer’s home state.

Entry period: October 1, 2021 until 5 pm EST, November 1, 2021


Open to any RAF member, amateurs and professionals alike, including those 18 and under.

It’s easy to enter

Email high resolution digital photos in JPEG, .jpg, or .png format to:


Limit of five images per person, so please send only your best.

Photos in good focus, with good overall composition and lighting are preferred. Avoid clutter. Most photos that include people will be judged in the RAF Mission category. Scenic images with aircraft are preferred for regional category entries.

By submitting your photo(s), you give the RAF permission to use your photo in RAF publicity.

Submissions must include:

  • Photographer’s name (Name remains anonymous during judging.)
  • If under 18, state the age of the photographer 
  • Phone number
  • Location of photo (airstrip and state)
  • Identify any faces in the image, and obtain permission from them for this use
  • If sending in photos of children, you must first obtain parent/guardian permission to use the images.

Our judges are our volunteer VP’s of Appreciation who write all the RAF thank you cards. They favor photos with airplanes, great scenery and people enjoying the experience.

Winners will be announced November 15. Each winner will receive a package of high quality greeting cards with their photo on the front; and their photo credit on the back.

Submitted September 7, 2021. Cover photo by Remington Schaefer, Bowstring Airport, Minnesota, Midwest category winner in 2021

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