I have always been struck by how many readers say it was the photos that first drew them to the pages of magazine. So it was no surprise for me to discover as an editor that one most-anticipated issues of the year for many readers is our annual photo issue in which top photographers showcase their very best work.
This year’s photo issue promises to be one of the best – thanks to some changes we have made in our photo contest and the digital technologies that allow us to enhance what has always been a great print experience.
The planning began months ago. First, we revamped the way we ran our photo contest, setting up an new online process, lowering the entrance fee, diversifying the panel of judges and talking up the changes on social media. The objective was to cast an even broader net to assure the very best aviation photos of the year were entered.
It worked. We received hundreds of pictures of exceptional quality from around the world. In the December 23/30 issue, we will present the very best images in four categories – general aviation, commercial aviation, defense and space – along with the one picture the judges deem the “best of the best.” Readers will get background on the winning photographers and the judges along with images our editors found especially compelling.
All that will make the Dec. 23 edition “a keeper.” But there’s an even better way to experience the photo issue. That is through our popular digital version of the magazine for tablets like the iPad. The digital edition is available free to any subscriber who signs up here. As with every issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology, readers of the tablet version can see every page of the magazine just as it appears in print – but with two important bonuses.
First, photos look spectacular on an iPad or Android tables. Second, every issue of Aviation Week on tablet includes “digital extras,” additional features you simply can’t get in our print edition. In the photo issue, the extras will be additional galleries of the extraordinary aviation and space photos entered in the contest.
For readers who just can’t wait, there’s a way to get a jump on the Dec. 23 issue. Before the magazine is out, readers will have a chance to look at all the finalists online -- the same 443 images the judges reviewed. That’s coming soon at AviationWeek.com/photo.