Famous Israeli photographer Avichai Socher has won once again the prestigious prize of first place in Aviation Week’s annual international photography competition. Socher’s winning photograph features an Israeli aircraft that appears to be in front of millions of stars going around in circles. The actual aircraft crashed just a few weeks after the picture was taken, killing the Israeli pilot.







Avichai Socher's winning photograph

Avichai Socher’s winning photograph Photo Credit: Avichai Socher/Channel 2 News

Israeli aviation photographer Avichai Socher won first place in Aviation Week’s international photography competition in the defense category for his magnificent picture of an Israeli F-16I SUFA (storm in Hebrew). The aircraft was positioned against what looks like a million stars circling behind it, a beautiful sight that took hours to capture.

Just a few weeks after the picture was taken, the aircraft featured in it, tail number 119, crashed during a landing in the Negev. In the accident, the aircraft’s pilot Major Ohad Cohen Nov was killed. Socher dedicated this picture to the memory of Cohen Nov.







Socher’s photo that won two years ago

Socher’s photo that won two years ago Photo Credit: Avichai Socher/Channel 2 News

This was not Socher’s first win in the competition. Two years ago, he won first place for a picture he took during an IAF pilot graduation ceremony at Hazerim Air Base. During the air show, a Boeing AH-64A Apache shot some flares toward a target in the desert but the wind carried the smoke from the flares, making it look like the aircraft had been engulfed by flames.

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