The Military Aviation Photographer Society is a platform, established to benefit military aviation photojournalists. The society gives the opportunity for military aviation photographers to exchange information and ideas about a variety of different topics that are related to military aviation photography. MAPS is also a strong platform to serve the military aviation industry and other sources, and provides a major international forum for the art and science of military aviation photography.
The idea was born by Rick Llinares who wanted to establish a platform to benefit military aviation photographers exclusively. Fellow shooter and web wizard Ramon van Opdorp provided the expertise to create the MAPS website with the articles and interviews of the best aviation photographers around.
The plans for a dedicated website and forum for M.A.P.S were established at 01 November 2006, with the participation of a small, but dedicated group of established aviation photojournalists. Including well known photographers like Rogier Westerhuis, Steve Davies, Greg L. Davis, Tyson V. Rininger Guy Aceto, Jose M Ramos, Luigino Caliaro and Mike Jorgensen.
M.A.P.S provides an open exchange of information on the military aviation photography industry ethics and standards, business practices, and needs created by new technology. We inform and educate each other via the forum and via conferences. Each member has to handle in accordance with a Code of Ethics to ensure a professional organization held in high esteem by the military aviation industry.
All members of M.A.P.S provide and produce articles and reports to be published in the Webzine, and by this creating a portfolio for prospective clients. All articles are provided with the best high quality photographs of several topics that cover the military aviation.
Every two or three months new articles, photo reports and special reports will be published in the Webzine.