I wasn't going to run a challenge this past month, in fact i wasn't going to run one again at all. They do take a lot of time and effort to run, and although i absolutely love seeing all the images you guys submit. I have to admit that over the last couple of challenges, my own enthusiasm for them had began to wain a bit. But a few of you had asked me, and a few of those kept on asking me, so i thought i would give it another shot. One last chance to see if i could rekindle my own love affair with them. Well, it wasn't an easy month. 3/4s of the way through a sad day for anyone who has the slightest link to the aviation world threw a curve ball at me. I had to turn to a few friends, who join in and who don't, to find it was right to continue. It isn't the first challenge of mine to come over a time of an aviation related tragedy. A chance comment about the colour of my clothes made a huge difference this time.
The challenge for me this time was to see if i wanted to carry on running these, well its going to be very difficult to say no to 176 of you in the future. You guys broke new ground this time. Every single one of you stepped up your game, and showed what people can produce when they combine their own eyes with a piece of technology, and there are 2800+ examples of it out there. There hasn't been a single day when i have not had my breath taken away by the standard of the images submitted.
I know i say it each time, but it really is the absolute truth, i just coordinate (sometimes not perfectly) these challenges. But it's all of you, 176 of you this time, who really make them what they are. And that is a community, and with that, a bloody good one. I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you, i have the greater pleasure of having a few i consider friends. But i have the absolute honour to be considered a friend by a good number of you.
Many of you don't join in to win, in fact probably all of you. Coming 1st, 3rd, 7th or 29th is by the by. Corny it may be, but you all win, you all find someone new to follow, more inspiration. But i think i won this time. Well it certainly feels like it.
Thank you for joining in