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Open to all individuals who legally reside in the 50 United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia who are 13 years of age or older as of the date of entry. Professional photographers or photographs taken by professional photographers are not eligible to enter or win. [For purposes of this contest, Professional Photographers are defined to be individuals who derive more than 25% of their annual income from the sale of photographs.] Employees of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (“AOPA”) and/or Sportsman’s Market, Inc. (“Sporty’s”), their subsidiaries and related companies, and the trustees, officers, directors, interns, advertising and promotion agencies of each, are not eligible to win. Any person in the immediate family of an employee (including the spouse, children, parents, brothers and sisters of any employee) living in the same household of any such employee is not eligible to win.


Contestants must take a digital photograph of their favorite co-pilot. Photos may be in color or black and white. Maximum photo size is 10 megabytes. Go to the contest website at and follow the instructions to upload your photo and provide your identifying information. Entries must be original, not subject to third party rights such as copyrights, trademarks, or other intellectual property rights. Entries previously published or pending publication, or that violate or infringe upon another person's or company’s copyright or other intellectual property rights are not eligible. Limit one (1) entry per person per weekly preliminary round.

By entering the contest, you grant AOPA and Sporty’s the right to utilize your entry, your name, voice, images and/or likenesses, and videos taken of you by AOPA staff in an article to be published in the AOPA Pilot magazine, the AOPA website, and/or other media for information and/or promotional purposes. You agree to acquire the similar written consent of any co-pilot or person included in a photograph entered by you.


The contest begins at 00:01 AM, April 2, 2015 and ends at 11:59 PM, May 27, 2015. All entries must be submitted no later than 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Time, May 27, 2015.


The contest will be divided into nine (8) preliminary entry rounds as follows:

Round 1 begins at 12:00 AM, April 2, 2015 and ends at 11:59 PM, April 8, 2015
Round 2 begins at 12:00 AM, April 9, 2015 and ends at 11:59 PM, April 15, 2015
Round 3 begins at 12:00 AM, April 16, 2015 and ends at 11:59 PM, April 22, 2015
Round 4 begins at 12:00 AM, April 23, 2015 and ends at 11:59 PM, April 29, 2015
Round 5 begins at 12:00 AM, April 30, 2015 and ends at 11:59 PM, May 6, 2015
Round 6 begins at 12:00 AM, May 7, 2015 and ends at 11:59 PM, May 13, 2015
Round 7 begins at 12:00 AM, May 14, 2015 and ends at 11:59 PM, May 20, 2015
Round 8 begins at 12:00 AM, May 21, 2015 and ends at 11:59 PM, May 27, 2015
One winning entry will be selected from each weekly round. The winning entry will be the entry submitted during that preliminary round that has accumulated the most votes cast for it during that round. Votes may be cast by individuals for an entry of their choice by following the instructions on the website. Limit, one vote per log-in per preliminary round. In the event of ties, each entry tied for the most votes will be a winning entry and will be entered into the judging round.


Each of the winning entries from the preliminary rounds will be entered into the judging round. Judging will be conducted by selected members of the staff of AOPA and/or Sporty’s, and their related or affiliated organizations. Entries will be judged on their originality, composition, handling of the subject-matter and general appeal. Grand Prize Winner will be selected and the winner will be announced on or about June 2, 2015. Winners will be notified by email or phone. Decisions of the AOPA judges will be final.


The Grand Prize Winner will receive a one (1) year Premier Membership in AOPA plus a $200.00 gift card to Sporty’s Pilot Shop. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) is $299.00. The Weekly Preliminary Round Winners will receive a $50.00 Sporty’s Pilot Shop Gift Card and a $50.00 AOPA Pilot Gear Gift Card. Weekly ARV is $100.00 each. Total ARV of all prizes is $1,199.00.


Minors may participate only with the consent of a parent or legal guardian. The winners’ parent or legal guardian may be required to consent to the award of the prize and sign any required consent/affidavit. Each participant agrees that any and all disputes and causes of action arising out of this contest shall be resolved individually and any judicial proceeding shall take place in a federal or state court within the State of Maryland. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of participants and AOPA in connection with the contest, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Maryland, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of the State of Maryland or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Maryland. All federal, state and local taxes, fees and other expenses are winner’s responsibility. Each winner shall grant permission to AOPA, its subsidiary and affiliated businesses to use his or her name, age, city, state, or likeness for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation, except where otherwise provided by law. By entering this contest each participant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of AOPA and its agents, whose decisions regarding all aspects of the contest shall be final.

***At the end of each week (Wednesday, 11:59EST), photos will be manually removed by AOPA staff members, to 'restart' the next weeks round of photo submissions. You may receive an alert from the Strutta platform that your photo has been removed for not meeting the guidelines. Please disregard this email and know that your photo has been removed so that the next round of photos can begin. Photos can be re-submitted for the next contest round. Starting Thursdays at 12:01am EST.


This contest is sponsored by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, 421 Aviation Way, Frederick, MD 21701. You may request that your name be excluded from all lists of names and addresses used by AOPA for sweepstakes or skill contest promotions by submitting a written request to AOPA Summit Youth Video Contest, P.O. Box 972, Frederick, MD 21705-0972.