The 2010 hot air ballooning flying season drew to a close last month. But whilst you may not be able to spot our balloons in the sky, there are plenty to look at online. Here at Virgin Balloon Flights HQ, around this time of year it is time to don our judging caps and review the whole year’s worth of photos that have been shared with us online over the year by passengers and balloon spotters alike. This year we had many that were of a very high standard and we thoroughly enjoyed looking at each and every entry. From balloons being inflated, to passengers helping to pack away the balloon, to atmospheric mist on an early morning flight to the sun bursting from behind the clouds; we recommend a peruse at your leisure of the wonderful online collection. But as with all competitions someone has to win. This year the photo deemed the winner by the majority was Jade Homer’s photo taken from Headcorn Aerodrome:- [caption id="attachment_1298" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Jade Homer's winning photo taken from Headcorn Aerodrome Jade Homer's winning photo taken from Headcorn Aerodrome[/caption] Jade said:
I thought that this photo would be good to take because with sun setting in the background it looks nice and shows a nice spring afternoon. I like taking pictures of something you don’t see every day. I often get down to Headcorn Aerodrome on a Sunday afternoon in the spring and summer… watching all the hot air balloons come and set up. I am amazed by how it is all put together… when you’re watching it fade away as it goes further and further away and you think ‘I wonder were that will end up landing’.
Out of all the places in the world to fly over in a hot air balloon, Jade thinks that the best place would definitely be Niagara Falls. We’re not sure we’d get a licence for that but agree it sounds pretty cool! Congratulations and we hope you enjoy your prize of a Virgin Experience Days gift card. To share your photos with us you can upload them to our Twitter page, our Facebook page or on YouTube. You can find more information on our Competitions tab on our Facebook page.