If you’re one of our regular readers, viewers, customers or any of another half dozen words that describe some of the people who seem to love Addison Airport, you’ve surely noticed that our social media presence is often filled with airport photos and sometimes even a few videos either shot on the airport or very close by.
The thanks for those memories, for the most part, must go to the airport staff since a year or two ago they were given a very specific assignment … to take airport pictures as they work through their daily tasks. That request was actually pretty easy. The second request was to be on the lookout for interesting things happening around the field … good things. While that sounds like a no-brainer to most people, for airport staff trained to make sure nothing is broken or out of place on the field, this was no small challenge. But always up for a fresh idea that keeps the ADS name out in front of people as one of the best airports in the region, if not the country, our staff began snapping pics like crazy. Within just a few weeks, our desktop folders began overflowing with shots of airplanes as they arrived and departed, pics of people who work on the airport and of course even a few shots of some of our favorite airport critters. Those turned out to be jackrabbitts … ah, the critters of course, not the people.
Then we had this crazy idea a few weeks ago that maybe we should be interacting more with those of you who use the airport. “Why not ask customers and users and other airport employees to share some of their favorite ADS picture,” we wondered. So that’s precisely what we plan on doing in the next few weeks.
But to make the effort a whole lot more fun … imagine fun at the airport … we decided to make it a contest. We’re going to call it the Addison Airport’s First Annual Photo Contest. Clever eh?
We’ll be asking all of you to share some of your best still or video shots taken on or around Addison Airport. We want shots of people too … not just stuff. People … who look like they’re happy to be here and enjoy what they do.
We’ll have a special e-mail address for entries so they’ll all be given a chance to win. And what can you win you might be asking about now, unless of course you’re already a bit of an airport and airplane photo geek in which case you probably don’t care about the prize? No matter. We’ll offer prizes for a 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place winner in an adult category — over 18 years old — and the same opportunities for young people under 18 years of age. We also think it’s time to begin gathering video snippets of life here at Addison too, so if you only shoot video, no worries. We’ll find something nice for you too if you win. Of course we’ll be posting the winning entries all over the place on Twitter, the blog and Facebook so who knows who might just see your photo or video?
Just one thing to keep in mind … it’s safety first for this entire contest. No trying to shoot videos while you’re riding on the back of someone’s Bonanza, no scaling to the top of a hangar or jumping a fence either. Just wanted to get that out before we begin.
We’ll be releasing the contest details soon, but you don’t need to wait to begin gathering some great pictures and videos. And if you’re not already following the airport on Facebook, you’ll find us there at “addisonairport” and also on Twitter @addisonairport. Of course, don’t forget to mention the upcoming contest to your friends, unless you think their photos are better than yours. If that’s the issue, it’s every person for themselves.
More soon …
Signed the Airport Shutterbug