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MOAA 2015 Patriotic Photo Contest — Official Rules

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MOAA reserves the right to change contest rules without prior notification. Entries that fail to comply with these rules may be disqualified.   


MOAA’s patriotic photo contest is open to all members of the association and their spouses, including amateur and professional photographers, and to members of Voices for America’s Troops. The member or spouse must be the sole author/photographer and own all rights to any photo entered. MOAA headquarters staff and members of MOAA’s board of directors and their immediate family members are not eligible for entry.

Each entrant may submit only one photo in each of four categories — camaraderie, military family, on duty, and vintage — for a total of no more than four entries per entrant.

Separate and completed entry forms must accompany each photo submitted. For print entries, please include a hard copy of the entry form with the photo; for digital entries, please attach the entry form as a PDF document to your emailed submission.

Photos entered in the vintage category must have been taken on or before Dec. 31, 1990.  


Email digital entries to photocontest@moaa.org. Mail print entries to MOAA Photo Contest, 201 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314. 

Entries will not be returned. Please do not call, write, or email MOAA about the status of your entry. We will contact you if you are a winner.

Photos may be color or black and white, digital or print. Prints or photo-quality printouts should be no larger than 8” x 10”. Digital entries must have a resolution between 5 and 8 megapixels. (Resolution can be calculated by multiplying the pixel width of the image with the pixel height. For example, a photograph taken with a 6-megapixel camera set for the highest resolution (largest file size) and best quality produces images approximately 2832 pixels by 2128 pixels, which are acceptable under the rules (2832 x 2128 = 6 million).

Images must not have been altered in any way other than necessary burning, dodging, and cropping. Photographers are not permitted to place borders or frames around their images or to place watermarks, signatures, dates, or copyright notices on their images.

Attach a label to the back of each print entry specifying the category and including your name, address, and telephone number. Do not write on the photo itself. Do not send photos in frames or glass mounts. Loose prints are preferred.

Entries must be received no later than 4 p.m. Eastern time, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Individual photographers retain copyright to their work, but by submitting an entry, they give MOAA permission to publish winning entries in the July 2015 Military Officer magazine issue in its various print and digital forms. Separate arrangements may be made with the photographers of nonwinning entries MOAA wishes to publish.   

Download  the MOAA 2015 PatrioticPhoto Contest - Entry Form (Fillable PDF) 
Please submit a separate, completed form for each photo submitted.   


MOAA will appoint judges to choose finalists. Judges will base their decisions on creativity, photographic quality, and effectiveness. At the judges’ discretion, an image may be considered in a different category from that in which it was submitted. Obscene, provocative, or otherwise questionable content will be disqualified. Images that do not meet contest standards may or may not be judged at the judging panel’s sole discretion. The judges’ decision on all matters related to the competition is final, and no correspondence will be entered into concerning the competition’s judging and MOAA.

At their discretion, judges may select first-, second-, and third-place winners in each category. Winning photographs will be published in the July 2015 issue of Military Officer. Winners will be notified using the contact information on the entry form. First-place winners will receive $500, second-place winners will receive $100, and third-place winners will receive $50. At the judges’ discretion, honorable mention winners may be selected in categories with especially large numbers of entries. 

Entry Form 

Download  the MOAA 2015 PatrioticPhoto Contest - Entry Form (Fillable PDF) 
Please submit a separate, completed form for each photo submitted.