RTF Competition September 17 to 30 - Victorian Engineering


Welcome to the first RTF (Reason To Fly) Competition of the 2023-24 season.

For those new to this it’s fairly simple - post the best picture you have taken of the subject whilst the contest is open. Your image will be judged by other members of the GADC community. It is for fun and to see how you fare against others; the rules (below) are fairly easy to follow

The subject chosen by vote of the members from the three suggestions picked at random is:

If we were competing this is the subject we would have chosen! There are some magnificent examples to be found, some in outstanding landscapes. Fred will tell you!




  1. The application of scientific and mathematical principles to practical ends such as the design, manufacture, and operation of efficient and economical structures, machines, processes, and systems.
  2. The profession of or the work performed by an engineer.



uk /vɪkˈtɔː.ri.ən/ us /vɪkˈtɔːr.i.ən/

from or relating to the period of British history during the rule of Queen Victoria (1837-1901)

All competitons have rules. We hope ours aren’t too difficult. Put your best shot in the thread and wait for the judging.

We would appreciate you reading the fine print though - and abiding by it, please :slight_smile:


The requirement is to submit a still image created using a drone to illustrate the subject of the competition. This round will run from 00:01 Sunday 17th September to 23:00 Saturday September 30th 2023 and the subject is Victorian Engineering

The image must be captured during the time that the competition is open. It is a Reason To Fly competition so please show that the image is created by a flying camera!

Editing is confined to colour and exposure adjustments and crop only. There must be no removal or pasting of an object.

Please post only one image, the image you wish to be judged, in this thread.

Images must be posted with the following information as a minimum:

In Capitals as the first line of your post:


If this is not done at the time of posting the picture will be ignored. Should it be absolutely necessary to change your picture then delete the previous picture and add “This is my entry” - as above - as the first line of your new post. If in any doubt contact the Challenges Committee

Further Information is required

  • Location
  • Time and date
  • Aircraft/camera used
  • Feel free to add any further information that you think will be of interest


Images will be judged by the members of GADC who may vote for any number of images by means of an anonymous poll open for two days after the closing date for competition entries.

Voting in the poll is open to all GADC members, whether they have entered the competition or not.

You may vote for one, all, some or none of the entries.

The original media may be requested by the judges in case of a dispute.


The competition subject will be announced every second Saturday around 22:30. The subject will be chosen by a poll of GADC members selecting from three that have been picked at random from the subject list. You may make additions to the list at any time.

The competition will run from Sunday 00.01 to Saturday 23.00 fourteen days later. Voting by poll will be open for a further two days until Monday 22:00

The winner, second and third-placed competitors will be announced shortly after the vote is closed if the judges have stayed sober awake long enough

Have Fun! Be Safe!

All flights are the sole responsibility of the individual conducting them. Each competitor must abide by the drone code and adhere to the limitations and restrictions imposed upon them by aviation law, the aircraft being used and the qualifications they hold. Landowners’ wishes and permissions must be respected. If a flight is undertaken in a restricted zone proof of permission having been granted is required.


Ok, when the gales and rain stop…

What’s up with you? It’s perfect flying weather!


Love the photo … Fred was an absolute legend

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