Truthfully, we had trouble limiting last week's list of Top Ten Photos of 2013. Please enjoy this handful of deserving runners-up:
11. Santa Claus and the YVR community teamed up in November for our Christmas Hamper Drive in support of Quest Food Exchange and its efforts to provide families in need with healthy food. Using some 800 canned goods donated by construction partner Ledcor, YVR's engineering team used its expertise to create a replica YVR logo, with canned Alphaghetti, corn and green beans to approximate our signature colour palette. Altogether, YVR employees and customers donated 417 hampers' worth of Christmas dinner fixings for low-income families.
12. YVR's now-legendary Take-Off Fridays - in-terminal parties held every Friday during the summer - soared to new heights in 2013 with our first-ever paper airplane folding workshop and flying compeition. Several hundred people joined us at the Public Observation Area to create an aerodynamic craft capable of making it down the carpet "runway" and into first place. Evaluating distance, design and acrobatics, our esteemed judging panel ultimately awarded Mr. Frank Lam (pictured here) top spot. This event is sure to make a comeback in 2014. More fun photos of the competition are posted here on Facebook.
13. YVR's airfield and emergency services crew put on quite a spread at a pancake breakast in support of the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund in late September. Here, three crew members are captured mid-flip.
14. The Canucks Bar & Grill opened in mid-September in YVR's U.S. Departures area, delighting travellers looking for a drink, all-day breakfast or even bit of hometown merchandise to carry on. Canucks defenseman Jason Garrison wielded a giant pair of scissors as expertly as a hockey stick to cut the ribbon at the grand opening.
15. This aerial photo was taken from a helicopter on a sunny day in April, and I was lucky enough to tag along for the shoot. Definitely a perk of the job. We snapped hundreds of photos during our hour in the air, but what I love about this particular shot is how it so beautifully captures YVR's unique location and sense of place. Blue sky, snow-capped mountains, river and inlet and our gorgeous neighbour, Vancouver's downtown core.