Museum of Flight
Entry deadline: 4/2/2021

The Museum of Flight invites entries for a special juried photography exhibition at the Museum opening to the public June 19, 2021 (closing date to be determined). The exhibition, comprised of 35 ranking photographs, will be hosted within The Museum of Flight at the Spirit of Flight 2021 Digital Kiosk and virtually on the Museum’s website. This call is open to all photographers.

The Museum of Flight is a private 501(c)(3) Washington non-profit corporation that is nationally accredited with the American Association of Museums and a Smithsonian Affiliate, and the largest private air and space museum in the world. The Museum of Flight exists to acquire, preserve, and exhibit historically significant air and space artifacts. The collection provides a foundation for scholarly research, and lifelong learning programs that inspire an interest in and understanding of science, technology and the humanities. The vision of the Museum is to be the foremost educational air and space museum in the world. The Museum welcomes over 500,000 visitors from around the world each year. Visitors to the Museum experience an extensive collection of air and space artifacts presented in four galleries, and special exhibitions that capture the 2 history and personal stories surrounding the artifacts. In addition to the exhibits, visitors participate in engaging educational programming including lectures and hands-on activities and experience flight through a variety of air and space motion simulators. The Museum’s Aviation Pavilion displays the supersonic Concorde transport and our nation’s first Presidential jet Air Force One, and seasonally the Museum hosts airplane fly-ins featuring historic and other aircraft from around the country. (Activities available are subject to current state regulated health guidelines)

All photographers are invited to submit entries for this juried exhibition. Only the photographer creator may submit. Publishers, galleries, agents and collectors may not submit photos on behalf of photographers. If the photo is not currently in the photographer’s possession, it will be the photographer’s responsibility to ensure its availability and arrange submittal of the work in time to meet deadlines.

Theme and Eligibility: The theme of this year’s exhibition is “Flying Again,” and photographs depicting any interpretation of the theme are eligible. Spirit of Flight 2021 rises from the confines of a world grounded by an inescapable global pandemic. This is a story of perseverance, compassion, hard work, sacrifice, and ultimately – the tenacity of Flying Again. Photographers are encouraged to submit a broad range of interpretations embodying the theme. Photographs not suitable for viewing by the general public and a family audience are not eligible. As this call is for authentic photographs of the real world, please do not digitally enhance or alter your photographs beyond the basic corrections to achieve realistic color/grayscale balance, contrast and sharpness. Submitted photographs should be reproduced at a resolution of 300 dpi at size or better. Accepted photographs that do not reflect the quality indicated in the submittal may be disqualified by the Museum. Timestamps and personal watermarks are not permitted on photographs. For the continuity of the exhibit, and security of your photo(s), a Spirit of Flight 2021 watermark may appear on your works as displayed in the exhibit.

Photographs selected for display by the jury panel must be submitted to the museum at by Friday, May 21, 2021. Dates are subject to change.

Accepted photographs may be reproduced by the Museum solely to promote the exhibition. Photographers retain ownership of their works.

The entry fee is $25 total for up to three (3) images, and $10 per image for each additional image above the first three entries and is non-refundable. Entry fees must be paid through the online submission site (see section 12 for link). Each photographer may submit up to six (6) entries – a maximum of three (3) entries by a single photographer will be juried into the exhibition.

Completed entries must be received on SmarterEntry by April 2, 2021. Entries received after that date will not be able to be considered. Entrants will be notified whether their photograph(s) has been accepted or rejected by the jury by email by April 23. Final versions of hi-resolution files of jury accepted photographs, without timestamps or watermarks, must be submitted to by May 21.

All eligible entries will be judged and selected by a jury of Museum staff and volunteers.

There will be three awards: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Each of the winners will be featured on the Museum’s website. The 1st place winning photograph will be featured on The Museum of Flight’s website and the cover of Aloft magazine, and the photographer will receive a one-year Aviator Membership (family) to the Museum. The second place winner will be featured in Aloft magazine and receive a one-year Aviator Membership (family). The third place winner will also be featured in Aloft magazine and receive a one-year Navigator Membership (2 adults). See for details. (Membership details subject to change, in keeping with current Museum membership practices)

Display of Show Photographs will be displayed to our Museum visitors at the Spirit of Flight Digital Kiosk within The Museum of Flight and hosted on our website. A brief, one paragraph, photographer’s biography will accompany the images. Biographies will be requested from accepted entrants, and The Museum of Flight reserves the right to copyedit them for continuity of style and brevity as needed.

Details on the entry form must be filled in, and an entry fee must be submitted for each entry. Each photographer may submit up to six entries, but only a maximum of three entries can be juried into the exhibition. Entries must be made in the form of a standard image digital file format submitted online via the Spirit of Flight web entry service hosted by Smarter Entry limits uploaded images to 2mb in size. However, if selected, the final print(s) should be made from high-resolution images sufficient to appear clearly on hi-definition digital screens and a minimum of 300 DPI is requested.

All entries must be submitted online at For questions, please email us at, or visit the Spirit of Flight web page.