With the hotly anticipated Photo Contest issue of Vertical wrapped up and set to hit the newsstands, the industry’s leading rotary-wing magazine is ready to reveal the winners of its annual photo contest.
The grand prize winner — and the person whose photo is appearing on the cover of the December-January issue of Vertical — is Saskatchewan-based photographer Curtis Matwishyn. An avid outdoor photography enthusiast, Matwishyn is a recent post-secondary graduate who spends his summers working on a forest firefighting crew in Alberta. His winning photo, “Helicopter Star Trails,” features a Great Slave Helicopters Bell 212 in a field at night.
Above, the movement of stars through the night sky has been traced through the use of a long exposure.
Matwishyn was selected as the overall winner by a panel of judges that included the photo contest sponsors as well as Vertical staff. In addition to having his photo featured on the cover of Vertical, Matwishyn will take home the $1,000 grand cash prize.
“This is the fifth year we’ve held our photo contest, and the quality of submissions we received was absolutely spectacular,” said Vertical publisher Mike Reyno. “We had hundreds of entries from photographers around the globe — ranging from experienced and celebrated professional aviation photographers, to extremely talented amateurs. The range of subjects and styles our readers have captured is hugely impressive, and we’re really proud to share their efforts in our latest issue.”
This year, the Vertical Photo Contest was split into four new categories: Beauty Shots, At Work, In the Cabin, and Maintenance. The category winners, who each win $500, are Anthony Pecchi (Beauty Shots); Ognyan Stefanov (At Work); Tom Andreas Østrem (In the Cabin); and Mark Leung (Maintenance). Other winners include Ted Carlson (second place, Beauty Shots); Nathan Shute (third place, Beauty Shots); Brad Legare (second place, At Work); Jess Hahaj (third place, At Work); James De Boer (second place, In the Cabin); Noel Rogers (third place, In the Cabin); Ian Wills (second place, maintenance); and Tommaso Munforti (third place, maintenance).
All of the winning photos, plus 32 honorable mentions, appear in the December-January issue of Vertical
, which is now available to view online at www.verticalmag.com/digital