I think it is going to depend on the subject matter. In the context of PT
on the 3rd January 2009, it was already on the database, so wasn't a 'first'. If two photographers get a first, then I no issue with them sharing the glory. I think this was an exceptional episode but is not uncommon. Just see F-ORMA at LHR
. Whether this should be stopped, I think it is a difficult call as it would be an arbitrary rule.
True, no photos are never quite the same, but if you look at PT
photos for the date above, these are very similar. This was an 09L arrival at LHR
and the opportunities for variation are limited. It's going to be a sky shot whatever.
I agree with your comments on competition. Simply, digital cameras have reduced the barriers to entry and photographers from a wider pool can now submit photos to magazines, websites, etc. I think there are those photographers, especially on the LHR
circuit who are very competitive and are keen to demonstrate their output on anet. I think anet does fuel this ambition. This said, it's down to them; if they wish to spend their spare time at airfields, then that's their choice. Whether money can be made, that's another matter. The short answer is yes but not enough to replace the day job or for a Mayfair address.
To demonstrate the competitive streak that now dominates , I have known one photographer at LHR
to come armed with a laptop, take the photo, edit it and go to the nearest wi-fi spot to upload to anet!
Sovietjet - If what I recall, the smog didn't help but it was slightly clearer towards the runway threshold! I just bumped up the levels.