Do you make this stuff look good?

Got some cool paramotor photos? Maybe with some great backgrounds? Perhaps with one of your flying buddies?

Wanna earn a little extra money and be on the cover of the book?

Edition 6 will be coming out sometime in 2020, and we’re looking for a new, abundance-of-awesome cover shot. This edition is our most significant update ever including lots of content changes and updates. The biggest deal was moving to the industry-standard layout platform and re-doing or adding many illustrations that can be scaled for a future digital version.

The last two editions have had one of Jeff Hamann’s MANY beautiful photos, but it’s time for a change. Of course, it might be Jeff again, or it may be one of us (Tim or I), but we’ll pick the best shot as we have in the past. I had some beautiful shots from various places but “the Hamster’s” were better and wound up on the most recent two editions.

Credit will appear on the inside cover of the Powered Paragliding Bible 6.

Interestingly, I’ve never been on the cover and probably won’t be this time either. Tim and I recently went out to grab potential cover shots, but he isn’t keen on super-close formation flying so he flew the camera and I played wingman. Those shots worked brilliantly, but they gave us ideas for even better shots and spawned the idea for a contest.

Tim & I went out to capture potential cover photos but mostly to test the new camera rig. We got some great stuff but there are issues. One important lesson was seeing the best place for ME to be.


Since this book strives to be the A to Z of paramotoring, we have some desires on what the image should offer and how we want to style it. But nothing is fixed. It could be a cartoon. If you have something different that drips with extraordinary juice, we can adjust the layout. Only the Title art will likely remain unchanged. We could even consider not having a border.

But PROBABLY the image will have a closeup of the pilot, most likely from a selfie cam, with another pilot flying in close formation where you can also see the wing. Don’t do anything dangerous, though, and tight formation can be EXTREMELY dangerous!!! Only go this route if you both have planned it out and have done it many times before. The risk is way more than appearances would suggest.

It’s nice to see your face so it may help to be looking in a way that we can see it, even if it’s turned. In fact, looking towards the turn direction is good but so is looking at the camera. There’s no “perfect pose” and natural action is probably best. Our favorite shots, though, do show the pilot’s face, at least partially.

Straight and level is fine but consider changing it up with some bank. It doesn’t take a lot. Cool scenery is good because it shows how we can get to amazing places. Since most people buy the book to start out, it wouldn’t be ideal to be doing acro for the cover.

Contest Rules

We’ll pay $200 to the winner or split it between two paraglider/paramotor charities that help disabled people gain flight. Your choice. But do ask that the submitter agree to the following:

  1. The final photo must have a resolution of at least 2400  x 3000 pixels high, but you don’t need to submit them at that resolution.
  2. Submit thumbnails of pictures, up to 5, at a resolution of at least 800 pixels wide. We may put candidates on (but probably not).
  3. Grant us the rights to use the picture in print, online, and video.
  4. You must be the photographer. If you put a camera on someone, have them launch, and set it to take pictures every second (GoPro Hero 7 does this), then you are the photographer. If you do that, though, we would like to have the pilot’s permission.
  5. Give us exclusive rights to use the high resolution picture (above 800 pixels wide) for three years from the date of publication.
  6. You won’t do anything more dangerous than normal paramotor flying to get the picture!

Email your submissions to

Thanks for participating!