Day 5 - Final Showdown

January 27, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Day One - Where to get blown in Sint Maarten

Day Two - Chasing Planes

Day Three - The "three hour tour"

Day Four - Two best wide angle views

Day Five - The final day in a weeklong competition to find the best aircraft photo for Sint Maarten or was it the best view of aircraft landing, no wait it was the Theme "Sint Maarten, Aircraft Spotters Paradise" one in a multitude of other changes during the competition. Sure I can complain on how the judges and the organizer knew half the contestants, or how some info was provided at first then changed and possible how impossible it was to find the organizer during the event. But I won't (or I did).

Either way it was a journey, a learning experience and a lesson in keeping on top of the competition during changing situations. Situation awareness if you may. 

In the top links you can read about my Sint Maarten experience and you can decide what may have been the best photo for this context. Unfortunately I was not the winner, but I still enjoyed every moment I had traveling, photographing, exploring, and encountering different people from a small island in the Caribbean split in half by two countries, one French and the other Dutch. 

Here are my three submission to the contest. 

(c) Osocarras.com Flight KLM airplane landing over beach st maarten airportFlight WindowMy very own wide view from a gazebo. This KLM 747 aircraft flies into Princess Juliana International Airport every 3 days. I was lucky to catch it once during my 5 day trip. Island ApproachIsland ApproachThis is what the view is from the top floor room of the hotel. From here you can see the pool below, every airplane landing at the airport and as far as downtown St. Maarten. Just an amazing island with beautiful views all around.

I'm happy for the winner but shocked for the image selected. A "Marvelous shot" by the judges and airport officials for the contest. The winner for the first annual Toppix Aviation Photo Contest was Bernie Verhoeven.

(c) Osocarras.com I missed out on the Toppix 2014 comp but as some would guess it - Bernie Verhoeven was also the winner due to another photographer not showing up to claim their $2,500 prize...Interesting...

 

See the entire Sint Maarten gallery

 

All I can do now is laugh and learn. Until the next showdown!


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