Photo © László Dániel
Photo © Jeroen Hribar
Photo © Spencer Wilmot
"Distance" because the aircraft is so small in the frame.
"Motive" because the question really has to be asked: What is the primary motive of the shot, the background or the aircraft? In all of these it is obviously the background. But they were still accepted...and thankfully! This has been proven by their heavy hits, comments and popularity. I would like to see screeners step outside the box on a more regular basis and add more shots like these:
Photo © Joe Pries - ATR Team
Great shot..and another heavy hitter as discussed in another thread.
We might consider that the popularity of these shots represents regualr site visitors yearning for something different on a more regular basis.