Selected by a jury of Museum staff and volunteers, this exhibition showcases a stunning selection of images curated from hundreds of photographs submitted by photographers from around the world. The exhibition is composed of 35 photographs displayed online and in a digital exhibition in-person in the Museum's gallery.

Photographs reflect the photographer’s interpretation of the theme “Flying Again.”

Introduction & Spirit of Flight 2021 Winners


2021 Winners


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1st Place - "Flying Out"

Photographers: Greta and Manu Schnetzler

Greta and Manu Schnetzler have enjoyed twenty-five years of creative collaboration. From travels afar to walks around the neighborhood, they continue to explore their environment and see common sights in a different way, capturing images that reveal the mystery of the everyday.

Whether evoking the calm stillness of night, or the dynamism of the city, their work seeks to capture a moment in time suspended between reality and imagination.

“Planes streaking through the night sky, cross the circular star trails which mark the turning of our planet. They lift our spirit as they take off, transporting their passengers through space and time. We sigh and look forward to our next flight.” Greta and Manu Schnetzler of the airplane itself makes the photo.

2nd Place - "Icarus"

Photographer: Thomas McCleave

Thomas McCleave has enjoyed photography since his pre-teen years, and appreciates creating photos on film and in the dark room. Employed as an engineer, with an eye for details, he uses his photography as an outlet to express more artful-intuitions. He enjoys operating manual rangefinder cameras that allow him to slow down and experience the environment.

“I could not have captured it [Icarus] on film, and not using a thru-the-lens camera. The sun is just too bright and straight into your eye… …I used a modern camera with an electronic view finder allowing me to shoot ‘eye to eye’ with the sun.”

3rd Place - "Sunset Strip"

Photographer: Rick Gauthreaux

Rick Gauthreaux is a recently retired southern Californian who has applied increasing focus on his photography in the past 10 years, taking 1st Place in Spirit of Flight in 2018 and 2020. He has a lifelong fascination with aviation and utilizes photography to capture moments that display the confluence of these interests.

Sunset Strip was taken at McClellan-Palomar airport, in San Diego County. The setting sun aligns with runway 24 as the aircraft is moments from touchdown. This was taken with a 500mm lens.


All Photos & Finalists

Thank you to all the photographers who submitted to this year's Spirit of Flight exhibition. Please enjoy this online presentation as well as the digital kiosk in our Museum gallery.


Use the thumbnails to navigate this year's selections, or switch to full-screen with the double-arrow icon in the upper-right corner.

Selected by a jury of Museum staff and volunteers, this exhibition showcases a stunning selection of images curated from hundreds of photographs submitted by photographers from around the world. The exhibition is composed of 35 photographs displayed online and in a digital exhibition in-person in the Museum's gallery.

Photographs reflect the photographer’s interpretation of the theme “Flying Again.”

Introduction & Spirit of Flight 2021 Winners


2021 Winners


Use the thumbnails to navigate, or switch to full-screen with the double-arrow icon in the upper-right corner.

1st Place - "Flying Out"

Photographers: Greta and Manu Schnetzler

Greta and Manu Schnetzler have enjoyed twenty-five years of creative collaboration. From travels afar to walks around the neighborhood, they continue to explore their environment and see common sights in a different way, capturing images that reveal the mystery of the everyday.

Whether evoking the calm stillness of night, or the dynamism of the city, their work seeks to capture a moment in time suspended between reality and imagination.

“Planes streaking through the night sky, cross the circular star trails which mark the turning of our planet. They lift our spirit as they take off, transporting their passengers through space and time. We sigh and look forward to our next flight.” Greta and Manu Schnetzler of the airplane itself makes the photo.

2nd Place - "Icarus"

Photographer: Thomas McCleave

Thomas McCleave has enjoyed photography since his pre-teen years, and appreciates creating photos on film and in the dark room. Employed as an engineer, with an eye for details, he uses his photography as an outlet to express more artful-intuitions. He enjoys operating manual rangefinder cameras that allow him to slow down and experience the environment.

“I could not have captured it [Icarus] on film, and not using a thru-the-lens camera. The sun is just too bright and straight into your eye… …I used a modern camera with an electronic view finder allowing me to shoot ‘eye to eye’ with the sun.”

3rd Place - "Sunset Strip"

Photographer: Rick Gauthreaux

Rick Gauthreaux is a recently retired southern Californian who has applied increasing focus on his photography in the past 10 years, taking 1st Place in Spirit of Flight in 2018 and 2020. He has a lifelong fascination with aviation and utilizes photography to capture moments that display the confluence of these interests.

Sunset Strip was taken at McClellan-Palomar airport, in San Diego County. The setting sun aligns with runway 24 as the aircraft is moments from touchdown. This was taken with a 500mm lens.


All Photos & Finalists

Thank you to all the photographers who submitted to this year's Spirit of Flight exhibition. Please enjoy this online presentation as well as the digital kiosk in our Museum gallery.


Use the thumbnails to navigate this year's selections, or switch to full-screen with the double-arrow icon in the upper-right corner.