Skies announces 2018 Photo Contest winners

At Skies Magazine, aviation is our passion. That’s why our team is so excited to announce the winners of the 2018 Skies Photo Contest!

The Grand Prize in the magazine’s fifth annual photo contest goes to photographer Stuart Sanders, who lives on B.C.’s beautiful Vancouver Island.

Skies mag received over 1,000 entries in our 2018 Photo Contest. Shown are the 10 finalists in each of the three competition categories (Military, General Aviation and Commercial), as well as the Grand Prize winner. MHM Publishing Photo
Skies Magazine received over 1,000 entries in its 2018 Photo Contest. Shown here are the 10 finalists in each of the three competition categories (Military, General Aviation and Commercial), as well as the Grand Prize winner. MHM Publishing Photo
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For as long as he can remember, Stuart has been fascinated with aviation. In 2001, he brought along a camera when he attended his first airshow. The rest, as they say, is history.

As he told Skies, “If an image of mine can evoke a certain emotion with someone, I know I’ve done my job.”

There’s no doubt that Stuart’s powerful photo of the 2018 CF-18 Demo Hornet performing at the Abbotsford International Airshow hits that mark.

Stuart takes home a beautiful Hamilton Khaki Aviation X-Wind watch valued at $1,750. Plus, his winning photo graces the cover of the December 2018/January 2019 issue of Skies (now available online). This issue also features the top three photos in each of the competition’s three categories. Our digital edition also includes a selection of honourable mentions, too!

Skies 2018 Photo Contest from MHM Media on Vimeo.

“The entries in this year’s photo contest were truly phenomenal,” said Lisa Gordon, Skies editor-in-chief. “This is our fifth annual photo contest, and each year we get more submissions than the year before. Congratulations to all our winners, who have proven they share our passion for aviation in spades!”

The category winners were Simon Blakesley (first place, Military), Derek Heyes (second place, Military), Joe Letourneau (third place, Military), Daniel Acton (first place, General Aviation), Bill Campbell (second place, General Aviation), Melanie Veilleux (third place, General Aviation), Brian Losito (first place, Commercial), Peter Hunsinger (second place, Commercial), and Jan Jasinski (third place, Commercial).

The first-, second-, and third-placed photographers in each of the three competition categories have won prizes of $500, $250, and $125, respectively.

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Stuart Sanders has been announced the Grand Prize winner of the 2018 Skies Photo Contest. His shot of a CF-18 during a demo is featured on the cover of Skies' Dec. '18/Jan. '19 issue. MHM Publishing Photo
Stuart Sanders is the Grand Prize winner in the 2018 Skies Photo Contest. His shot of this year’s CF-18 Demo Hornet at Abbotsford is featured on the cover of Skies’ Dec/Jan issue. MHM Publishing Photo

The 2018 Skies Photo Contest was proudly sponsored by Bose, Cascade Aerospace, Columbia Air Services, Daher, FlightPath International, Hamilton Watch, Innotech-Execaire, Keystone Aviation, Levaero Aviation, Pratt & Whitney Canada, and Universal Avionics Systems Corporation.

Read the Dec/Jan issue here.

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