In 2022, the ROTOR Magazine Photo Contest celebrates its tenth year of showcasing the best in vertical lift photography.
This year’s Grand Prize winner, shown below, features a father–daughter flight. The photographer (and father), David Chow, was introduced to aviation by his grandfather, who served in the Taiwanese Air Force during World War II. David says taking sunset flights with his children in his Rotor X Phoenix A600 Turbo is one of his favorite things to do.
Oscar G. Bernardi’s winning entry in the Helicopters/Drones at Work category shows what happens when a small bird’s peaceful day on a lake is interrupted by a larger “bird” seeking water to fight local wildland fires in Italy.
Michal Adamowski’s dynamic photos took the top prize in two categories: Helicopters/Drones in the Military and People and Their Helicopters/Drones, a first-time event for the contest.
Pilot and photographer Scott Moak’s category-winning Helicopter/Drone Digitally Enhanced Photo shows a quiet sunrise moment, shot from a hospital rooftop helipad. Moak is also a repeat contest winner, having won the People and Their Helicopters category in 2018.
Finally, Tom Houquet’s winning entry in our Wrench Turners category reminds us of the essential work that maintenance technicians do every day to keep us in the air.
We thank every photographer who submitted an entry. Your photos provide a window into our industry, and we love the view!
The ROTOR Magazine Photo Contest will open for its eleventh year on Aug. 1, 2022. Please visit photo.rotor.org to enter.