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Air Force photo contest launches July 1

Graphic to illustrate the 2020 Air Force Photo Contest

The 2020 Air Force Photo Contest runs July 1-31. The contest, with theme of "We Are Family," was delayed slightly because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – The 2020 Air Force Photo Contest is set to launch July 1, following a short delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We did a quick check of our program and revised the theme to better reflect what our Airmen and families are going through right now,” said Darlene Johnson, community and leisure programs manager at the Air Force Services Center.

The theme for this year’s contest, which runs July 1 – 31, is “We Are Family.”

“This national health crisis reminds us what truly matters,” Johnson said, “and that’s our people, our connections, our families at home and in the workplace, and we wanted a theme that reflected that.” 

People are experiencing sadness, joy, humor and, for some, great loss, said Johnson and she encourages everyone to share their special family moments through the Air Force Photo Contest.

“In this time of together, yet apart, we’re capturing those moments and the photo contest gives you a greater opportunity to share those human emotions with your Air Force family,” Johnson added.

The contest, that highlights and celebrates photography created by Airmen and families, is open to ages six and older, in five categories:

Adult categories, for those 18 and older at the time of entry: Novice for new photographers and accomplished for those with knowledge based on training or experience, or those who operate as professional photographers.

Youth categories, based on the age of the photographer at the time of submission: Children for ages 6-8, pre-teens for ages 9-12 and teens for ages 13-17.

Starting July 1, photographers can submit up to two original images in JPEG format at https://airforcephotocontest.wishpondpages.com. Images must be between three and nine MB. As part of the Air Force’s Arts and Crafts Program, the contest is open to all authorized patrons of Air Force morale, welfare and recreation programs.

The new Air Force Photo Contest Facebook page offers Air Force photographers the latest contest information, news, photographic tips and photo challenges. 

“The photo contest itself is a small part of our overall goal, which is to support and connect our Air Force photographers with each other,” said Johnson.

When the contest closes July 31, expert photographers will evaluate each entry based on impact, creativity and technical excellence. Winners will be announced a few months later with the top three photographers in each category winning Amazon gift cards of $500 for first place, $400 for second and $200 for third.

Look for more information on the program in the next few weeks on Air Force Services Center, force support squadron and installation social media platforms and web sites.