The 2020 RAF Photo Contest concluded, again with striking results. We added a new category this year, “RAF Mission” that produced some very appealing images of what we do and why. There were more than 200 submissions this year, topping the response from last year.

Your response illustrates that the RAF is fulfilling its mission across the country. 

“As always, judging the photo contest was so much fun,” Vice President of Appreciation Margie Prill said. “We had such a wide variety of well done photos to choose from that, in some cases, we felt the need to choose more than one photo in each category,” she added.

Nine winners and four Honorable mentions were selected from the five geographic regions, and the judges selected two outstanding photos and an Honorable Mention within the new ”RAF Mission” category. 

The youngest photo contest winner this year was Remington Schaefer, age 16, who submitted a beautiful fall colors photo of Bowstring Airport (9Y0) in the Midwest regional category.

Winners will each receive a package of high-quality greeting cards with their photo on the front and photo credit on the back, with our appreciation. 

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! It’s not too early to start considering photos for next year’s contest!

Photo Contest Winners

Photo by Remington Schaefer
Bowstring Airport (9Y0)
Deer River, Minnesota
Photo by Jim Stevenson
Over the Wisconsin River
Photo by Steve Isner
Over Square Pond, Maine
Photo by Bobby Regan
Raiford, Florida
Photo by Jim Crawford
Grapevine Airstrip (88AZ)
Roosevelt, Arizona
Photo by Jonathan Apfelbaum
Over the Spiral Jetty at the Northeast edge of the Great Salt Lake
Photo by Jason Brand
Alvord Desert
Photo by Steve Fulton
Smiley Creek, Idaho
Photo by Scott Kirsch
Heller Bottom, Missouri Breaks
Winifred, Montana
RAF Mission
Photo by Jeff Scholl
Meadow Creek, Montana
RAF Mission
Photo by Kristina Breck-Finkle
Ryan Field (2MT1) Montana

Honorable Mentions

Photo by Jason Erickson
Schmidt’s Lake
St. Michael, Minnesota
Photo by Jim Stevenson
Trigger Gap (17A), Arkansas
Photo by Colin Lind
Johnson Creek, Idaho
Photo by Joe Framptom
Happy Canyon, Utah
RAF Mission
Photo by Jon Van Roo
North Fox Island (6Y3)


  1. Perry Brown on November 16, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    Did you see me in the background of Jeff Scholl’s picture at Meadow Creek signing in at the box? Lol. Great Job Guys!!!

    • Britt Lincoln on November 29, 2020 at 12:39 pm

      Perry, I didn’t even notice that there was an airplane in that photo! 😉 Haha.

    • Tricia McKenna on December 6, 2020 at 8:07 pm

      I am certain that is why the photo was chosen!

  2. Dan Thompson Thompson on November 16, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    Another group of beauties!

  3. Jeanne MacPherson on November 16, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Excellent pictures!

  4. John McKenna on December 1, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    Great representation of the RAF. The places, the planes and best of all the people. Thanks to all who contributed.

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