Photo Competition Winner

We are delighted Phil Hooper of Bristol, has won the Ultramagic calendar competition and bagged himself a load of Ultramagic goodies.

Phil’s reflection shot of Ultramagic UK operations very own MV65 Racer ‘Kewtech’ in the early morning light over Billing Aquadrome.

Says Phil:

‘The photo that got chosen to be August in next year’s Ultramagic Balloons calendar was taken at the Northampton Balloon Festival 2012.

I managed to get a flight on board the Kewtech Racer (G-OKEW) with my good friend, and fellow pilot Chris Freeman. The winds were nice and slow and we managed to steer the balloon towards one of the big lakes, and of course we couldn’t resist having a go at a splash and dash! Chris had the first go, and whilst he was slowly bringing the balloon down to water level, it was the perfect chance for me to get some nice reflection shots of the balloon. I took about 8 in total, and only one was really worth the effort! I then took over to show Chris how to do a splash and dash properly, and then we shared the flying over the rest of the flight!

The photo was submitted to the Ultramagic Balloons photo competition and nothing more was thought about it. Then in November I got an email to say I that I was one of the winners!

I have been taking photos of ballooning for many years, but never have any of them been submitted to a competition, so I’m really pleased to have won this.

With many thanks to Ultramagic I now have a nice range of clothing, stickers, hats and calendars – Although I certainly don’t suit a baseball cap!!

A big thank you to Richard Penney and Chris Freeman as well!’

The Ultramagic calendar has become legendry and this year is no exception with many hundreds of entries received from around the world every year.

This year the focus of the Calendar is entitled Innovation Spirit – Go beyond the horizon and features 12 stunning photographs from as far afield as Mexico, Portugal, Switzerland and of course the UK!

The first 25 of you to click on the ‘Contact us page’ and submit your address details titling it Ulramagic Calendar, will receive your very own copy of the calendar absolutely free of charge by post.


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