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Plane spotters delight in annual competition

February 17, 2020

Light, cameras, action! Aviation enthusiasts across the Gold Coast and northern New South Wales are encouraged to get snapping for Gold Coast Airport’s annual plane spotting competition.

The first competition of its kind established by an airport in Australia, the event is now in its sixth year and invites local photographers and plane enthusiasts to submit their best images of aircraft taken in and around Gold Coast Airport.

The top 20 entrants, as nominated by our judges, will be given exclusive airside access to photograph aircraft flying in and out of the airport – with the best photo from the day in line to secure a $1,000 prize.

Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton said the competition was a great way to give back to the airport’s avid aviation enthusiasts.

“Our plane spotting community are passionate about the airport and our airline partners, so we like to give them an opportunity to do what they love most – get up close to the aircraft,” she said.

“We offer them a rare opportunity to go airside for a morning of photography – which would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most people.

“We encourage our plane spotters to get their creative juices flowing and think laterally when they take their photos, we love to see images that showcase the airfield, aircraft, terminal and the Gold Coast and northern NSW destinations generally.”

Spotters will need to submit up to five photos, which meet the eligibility criteria via the Gold Coast Airport website. Up to 20 of the best entrants will then be selected to attend a special morning airside on March 28 dedicated to photographing aircraft up close and personal.

Photographs taken on the day will again be submitted for judging, with the best image winning the $1,000 prize.

Plane spotters aged 10-13 years will need to be accompanied by an adult guardian, and all applicants will be subject to police and security checks to be allowed airside.

Entries close on Friday, 21 February 2020.

To enter, visit: https://www.goldcoastairport.com.au/corporate/plane-spotting

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