The Winners

For the first time in memory, no photographer had more than one winning photo this year. That's just one sign of the Aviation Week Photo Contest's diversity. We received entries from 45 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia as well as entries from a total of 48 countries on six continents. (We're still waiting for an entry from Antarctica.)

Best of the Best

Peter Lewis is a Zurich-based aviation photographer and aerospace company owner. He has published articles worldwide on the Swiss Air Force and written four books. His latest book is Swiss Tiger Parallel Flight.

First Place, Commercial

Ryohei Tsugami is a pharmacist who began taking aircraft photos 50 years ago, at the age of 15. He has had winning entries in the Aviation Week Photo Contest in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2013. His work also has appeared in Airline magazine and a number of books.

Second Place, Commercial

a photographer for the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten since 1979. He has always been fascinated by big birds, whether they weere “iron birds” or actual eagles. Kolstad has won several national awards for photojournalism and provided pictures for a variety of books.

Third Place, Commercial

Mark Garfinkel has been a staff photojournalist at the Boston Herald since 1993. Living just 1 mi. from the threshold of Logan Airport Runway 22 Left gives him many opportunities to capture striking photographs of aircraft, often with the Moon as a background using his 800-mm lens.

First Place, Space

Bill Jelen is a photographer and writer for  His photographs have appeared in the book We Report Space, and one was selected for a NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day. 

He is a volunteer at the Air Force Space & Missile Museum at Cape Canaveral AFS.

Second Place, Space

Bill Ingalls has been a professional photographer for three decades and  the senior contract photographer for NASA Headquarters since 1989. He has traveled the world photographing NASA missions as well as venues from the inside of an active volcano in Alaska to the Oval Office.

Third Place, Space

Walter Scriptunas II is a professional photographer who regularly covers the U.S. space program. His photographs have appeared in over 100 publications, including The New York Times and on CBS’s “60 Minutes.” He placed second in the 2014 Space category.

First Place, Defense 

Martin de Ruyter has been a photographer for the Nelson Mail (New Zealand) for 32 years. He has worked on five continents, including Antarctica, and photographed many air shows. The same week that he learned of his winning Aviation Week Photo Contest entry, he also won single best photograph in the New Zealand Football Media Awards. 

Second Place, Defense

Bob Driver is a photographer for Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. He also serves on the Los Angeles County Air Show board of directors and oversees the show’s photo tour offerings. He mentors high school students who are interested in photography as well.

Third Place, Defense

Christopher Mezzavilla is a self-taught photographer. Although his day job is in the finance world, his true passion is photography and sharing how he sees the world through the lens. Mezzavilla shoots with Team Oracle as well as with pilot Sean D. Tucker, the San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers and Golden State Warriors.

First Place, General

LaDon Roeder is a freelance photographer. Drawn to photographing in difficult conditions and hard-to-reach places, Roeder has a passion for shooting backcountry experiences, capturing the spirit of adventurers and finding dramatic perspectives on rugged places.

Second Place, General

Jessica Voruda is an aviation photographer and cinematographer based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. She has worked as an avionics technician and ferry pilot.

Third Place, General