All set for second annual aviation photography competition

POSTED: 10/22/14 9:37 PM

St. Maarten – The second annual Sint Maarten aviation photography competition is set to take place from November 7 to the 13 and once again the lucky winner will walk away with US$2,500 plus bragging rights.

This year’s competition is sponsored  by the Princess Juliana International Airport, PJIA and will be run by St. Maarten Airport Events Toppix 2014. The theme will be announced on November 7 in the training room at the PJIA between 8am and 9am and registration forms can be obtained online @ the PJIA website,

In the 2013 competition, a total of 12 plane spotters/photographers made up the list of the overseas entries, however the organizers are expecting that number to be surpassed internationally as well as   locally.

According to Robert J Cijntje, the brainchild of Toppix 2014, they took into consideration the cost that would be incurred by a visiting photographer for a week. “If one of them wins, well that short trip would have taken care of itself financially,” he noted.

However, because of the level of enthusiasm that was displayed among the staff working at the PJIA last time, this year they will be allowed to compete, but that will not put them at an advantage over those who will not have access to areas within the confines of the PJIA property.

The competition is open to all persons who are 16 years and older, anyone under 16 must have permission from parents in the form of a signature on the registration form. Each participant is allowed to submit up to three digital images of their choice and they have up to midnight on the 13 in which to do so.

While the PJIA will reserve the rights to publish the submitted images as they see fit, the photographers will have the copyrights. The judges for the competition are Prichard Gibson, Peter Gunn and Max Dereta, an overseas judge, a Dutchman living in Croatia who specializes in aerial photography.

What is important to note is that last year’s winner Bernie Verhoeven was not a professional, infact she was just a camera owner who was in the right place at the right time and took the best shot that was appealing to the panel of judges.

However in the quest to produce the winning image, participants must adhere to the set guidelines which include no fence riding, no trespassing, more importantly no wandering in a restricted area, on or off the PJIA compound.

The prize giving and announcements will take place on November 14 at 5,pm, the decisions of the judges will be final and there will be no further discussions or communications which relates to the judging process.

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