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show us through your eyes elcome to the third annual Skies Photo Contest! If you love aviation photography, you’ve picked up the right magazine. Once again, we put out a call for your best photos, and you responded with some of the most jaw-dropping aviation images we’ve ever seen. That’s really saying something for a magazine that prides itself on publishing only the best aviation photography. It’s what makes us different and keeps you, the reader, turning the page to see what’s next! We were particularly pleased to see that the submis- sions reflected the universal nature of aviation. The photos showcased aircraft of all sizes and stripes, including military, general aviation, airlines, warbirds, business jets and helicopters. The Skies Photo Contest was open to both amateur and professional Canadian photographers over the age of 18. Photos were submitted in four categories: Airshows, Commercial, Military and General Aviation. Once the contest closed on Aug. 5, the Skies team had the difficult task of narrowing down the entries in each category. Then, we called in our nine contest sponsors. Representatives from Cascade Aerospace, Columbia Aircraft Sales, Daher Socata, FlightPath International, Innotech-Execaire Aviation Group, Levaero Aviation, Lockheed Martin, Universal Avionics Systems Corporation and Vector Aerospace voted for their favourite photos in each category, as did MHM Publishing staff. Ballots were cast by email address, to ensure each person had only one vote, and were tallied automatically. As you’ll see on this spread, our 2016 Grand Prize goes to Jason Pineau, a Harbour Air pilot who submitted a breathtaking early morning photo of DHC-2 Beavers warming up at the dock in Sechelt, B.C., in preparation for a busy day ahead. Congratulations on winning our grand prize, Jason! The first, second and third place winners in each of the four categories appear on the following pages, as well as some honourable mentions. While it’s impossible to print all of the stunning photos we received, we hope you enjoy the winning selections. The Skies team thanks all photographers for their submissions. Of course, we also recognize and thank our contest sponsors for supporting the third annual Skies Photo Contest. W Proudly Sponsored By: Download this wallpaper here 76 SKIES Magazine