The Judges

James R. Asker retired as Aviation Week Executive Editor earlier this year. He studied photography, among other subjects, at Rice University before becoming a reporter and occasional photographer for The Houston Post. Asker joined Aviation Week in 1989, covering space technology and science prior to becoming Washington bureau chief and managing editor. His photographs have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines.


Dana Bell has written 34 books on aviation history and is now a full-time author after a 30-year career with the U.S. government. Starting as a photo researcher with the Air Force in 1976, he moved to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington in 1982.


Mitchell Koppelman has been a professional news photographer and editor for 40 years. He was the founding director of photography for USA Today before joining Reuters as assistant news pictures editor for North America to help launch Western Hemisphere operations for its global news pictures service. He helped develop its online global news pictures service and archive, and directed development and deployment of the first digital broadcast satellite delivery of still photos in the Americas. 


Tony Osborne, Aviation Week’s London bureau chief, covers European defense programs, avionics, unmanned vehicles, the supply chain and cyberwarfare. He is also an accomplished aviation photographer. Prior to joining Aviation Week in November 2012, Osborne was at Shephard Media Group where he was deputy editor for Rotorhuband Defence Helicopter magazines. 


Lisa Caputo, director of content design for Aviation Week, has worked at the magazine since 1990. Her duties have evolved to include  responsibility for digital as well as print design. Previously, she worked as a graphic artist at Business Week and as a layout artist at Time magazine. Caputo is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. 


Nigel Howarth is an aircraft fleet analyst for Aviation Week by day, but after work and on weekends, you will likely find him plane spotting. Over the past 35 years, he has visited more than 800 airports worldwide and has taken thousands of photos, including many published in Aviation Week & Space Technology and sister publication Air Transport World


Contest Director

Michael O. Lavitt, director of editorial content  production for the Aviation Week Network, is the contest administrator. He guided the transition of the contest to digital photography and online entry, which quadrupled entries and drew a more international field. He joined Aviation Week in 1988 as a news editor and played a key role in the organization’s  transition to a multimedia provider of aerospace news, analysis and intelligence.