And the Winners Are …

HAI is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 ROTOR Photo and Video Contest. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners! Scroll through this page to view all winning photos and videos.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s contest. Please plan to participate in the 2020 ROTOR Photo Contest. Submit your entries at, beginning July 1, 2019.

2019 Photo and Video Winners

HAI is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 contest — congratulations!


Tom Houquet
Limburg, Belgium
In the Photographer’s Words: The crew of a Portuguese Air Force Merlin EH-101 visited the Belgian Air Force Days air show at Kleine-Brogel Air Base, where it was one of the highlights at the static show. Normally based at Montijo, Portugal, the helicopter flies with the 751 Squadron, where it performs search-and-rescue operations. The photograph was taken during an air-to-air photoshoot from the open ramp of a Short SC.7 Skyvan with a Canon 7D Mark II camera with a 24-105 mm lens.


Jim Gallop and Life Link III
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
In the Photographer’s Words: Life Link III’s mission is to provide safe and effective air medical transport. Taken at Anoka County–Blaine Airport with a Sony RX10 Mk IV, this photo features one of the 10 Leonardo AW119Kx helicopters in the company’s fleet.


Desiree Tyler Horton
Irving Lake, California, USA
In the Photographer’s Words: My CAL FIRE Bell UH-1H Super Huey crew routinely flies into mountainous locations for wildland fire training. The crew keeps up their firefighting skills with hover stepping to hike from the helicopter into locations where it cannot always land. This photo was taken while we caught our breath after a training hike near Irvine Lake. The CAL FIRE Prado Helitack Crew consists of myself (the pilot), two captains, and five firefighters who are inserted into fires where I support them with water drops. The helicopter pictured is one of 12 UH-1H Super Hueys that CAL FIRE operates throughout California.


Diana Rusli
East Java, Indonesia
In the Photographer’s Words: Shown shut down in the middle of the ocean while performing a mission for Husky Oil, this Bell 412EP belongs to PT. National Utility Helicopters. The helicopter’s mission is for crew transport and medevac between their base and the rig, a distance of about 50 to 60 nautical miles. This photo was taken by a crewmember in another PT. National Utility Helicopter flying above the rig.


Paolo Rollino
Bern, Switzerland
In the Photographer’s Words: At an altitude of 7,300 feet above sea level, spectators of the Swiss Air Force live-fire event at the Axalp Ebenfluh shooting range have a unique vantage point to view the air displays. In this photo, a Eurocopter AS532 UL Cougar pilot executes a tight turn at maximum speed in front of the mountains, with some flares released to show a helicopter defense maneuver in tactical flying.



Laura Francis
Wales, United Kingdom
In the Videographer’s Words: Funded entirely through public donations, Wales Air Ambulance’s mission is to “provide air cover to relieve illness and injury wherever and whenever anybody in Wales needs us.” This short film, shot in 2018 across Wales, showcases the organization’s work serving the community. The formation shoot was filmed in Welshpool in June 2018, and the rest in Dafen throughout the year.