DURHAM, NC – The Department of Defense Visual Information Awards Program annually picks a Military Photographer of the Year, Videographer of the Year, and Graphic Artist of the Year in a competition held at the Defense Information School at Fort Meade, MD.
The National Press Photographers Association has sponsored the photography contest since 1961.
This year’s Military Photographer of the Year is U.S Air Force Tsgt. Jeremy T. Lock of the 1st Combat Camera Squadron in Charleston, SC. The runner-up MPOY is U.S. Navy PH1 Chad J. McNeeley from Olney, MD.
Lock is currently in his sixth year of being an Air Force photographer and is a graduate of Syracuse University’s photojournalism program. After college he was assigned to the 1st Combat Camera Squadron in Charleston and his Air Force assignments have taken him around the world and into various combat zones. He was one of the photographers participating in the book project, A Day In The Life Of the United States Armed Forces.
The winners’ portfolios, along with winners and honorable mentions in Combat Documentary, Picture Story, News, Feature, Portrait/Personality, Illustrative, Pictorial, and Sports are online here.
The Military Videographer of the Year is U.S Air Force SrA. Anna M. Wiese of the 1st Combat Camera Squadron in Charleston, SC. The runner-up MVOY is U.S. Air Force SSgt Juan M. Femath of Air University Television at Maxwell AFB in Alabama.
And the Military Graphic Artist of the Year is U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Robert Cook. The runner-up is U.S. Air Force TSgt. Kurt H. Skoglund.
This year the still photography entries were judged by Jim Watson of Agence France-Presse (who was a Navy photojournalist for 8 years before AFP); Eli Reed of Magnum Photos, who is currently teaching photojournalism at the University of Texas in Austin, TX; and Bill Douthitt, a senior editor for National Geographic magazine.
The video entries were judged by Herb Schwartz, a fifty-year veteran of CBS News and a past president of the New York Press Photographers Association; Bill Gentile, an assistant professor and artist in residence with the Visual Media Division; and John W. Poole of Washingtonpost.com.
The graphic arts entries were judged by Sherri Taylor of the S.I Newshouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University; Eric Jordan of 2Advanced Studios LLC; and Eric Grohe, a graphic designer and illustrator from Seattle, WA.
Winners are online at http://events.dinfos.osd.mil/viap/
The contest is organized by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and is administered by the Defense Information School. The contest is open to military active duty, reserve, or National Guard enlisted servicemen and women who hold the military's classification of photographer, journalist, photojournalist, videographer, graphic artist, or equivalent.