Photo competition completed - congratulations to the winners!
9 June 2005
The Friends of Malmi Airport Society announced on 10 February 2005 a photo competition whose subject was, of course, Malmi Airport and its activities. Old images from decades ago were also welcome.
188 images were received by the closing date, 11 March, and the jury was faced with a challenging task. Selecting the winners from so many fine shots took a lot of deliberation. In the last phase the jury decided to award honorary mentions to some images in addition to selecting the prize winners.
The prize-winning shots are presented below. Using these images for other purposes requires permission from their owner.
|Photo: Tuomas Kuosmanen|
The winner of the whole competition is Tuomas Kuosmanen with a splendid shot of the Airport milieu immersed in morning mist. The boldly cropped composition captures everything essential at just the right moment and in gorgeous lighting - the tower gilded by the morning sun, the dreamlike morning mist and the Cessna underlining the nature of the milieu. From this image one can practically sense the anticipation of the pilots who sit with a cup of coffee in the restaurant and wait for the weather to clear.
|Photo: Ilkka Lyytikäinen|
Ilkka Lyytikäinen is awarded for his nature shot of the Airport meadow shining like a sea of flowers, with the buildings and a historical DC-3 airliner as a backdrop conjuring up an image of an airport of days gone by at its best. This was the way an international airport looked in the 1930's, and this is how splendidly one such place has been preserved for generations at Malmi. In addition, the image emphasizes the meaning of Malmi Airport as a notable local natural area whose meadows have bloomed in peace since the 1930's.
|Photo: Irene Merjamaa|
Irene Merjamaa's aviatrix from the Olympic Games summer 1952 is a classic, beautifully arranged aviation portrait. The 1946 Cessna 140 in the background is possibly one of the two aircraft of this type still flying today at Malmi. In addition, one can sense the optimistic atmosphere, the relief of the passing of the post-war depression and the "years of danger" (1944-1948, when the Iron Curtain was perceived to threaten Finland too), the confidence in the future and the anticipation of the Helsinki Olympic Games just a few weeks ahead. Helsinki Airport at Malmi - with the international code EFHF for Europe-Finland-Helsingfors - got to take care of almost half of the Olympic air traffic.
Do you have images of Malmi Airport from the early decades (30's through 60's) in your album of old times? Via the Friends of Malmi Airport Society you can let others see them too! The Society is always interested in photographic prints or electronic copies (at least 300 dpi) that can be used in publicity work.
|Photo: Panu and Paavo Siukonen|
Panu and Paavo Siukonen have captured the historical Airport milieu at its best during the visit of the ”Yokoso! Japan” airship in summer 2004. The thousands of spectators, the mighty visitor hovering behind the terminal building and the dramatic cumulus clouds leave little unsaid: we are looking at the capital region's uniquely inspiring aviation environment.
|Photo: Tero Tuominen|
Tero Tuominen's great shot of parachutists in front of the historical milieu just at the moment of touchdown underlines the diversity of Malmi Airport as an oasis of aviation-related hobbies in the capital region. There are things to see at the Airport every day, and especially children and teenagers can get to watch the activities by themselves.
Several images impressed the jury but didn't quite make it to the final. A special honorable mention was given to them instead. These images have been collected to their own page.
The Friends of Malmi Airport Society wishes to warmly thank all participants and congratulate them for their impressive images! The awards will be delivered to the winners without delay.