Photography has long played an important role in U.S. Army history. During the Civil War, the celebrated battlefield photographer Matthew Brady captured images of Soldiers in the Army on and off the battlefields, making the Civil War the first American conflict to be documented in photographs. In 1881, photography became an official duty of the U.S. Army Signal Corps and continued into the Spanish-American War. Under the orders of General John J. Pershing, photographic reconnaissance became a strategic tool during World War I and since then has become a time honored tradition in the Army, playing an important role today. Now the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) invites you to submit your own Army photographs for the USAHEC 2013 Photo Contest! This event will run from July 8, 2013 through September 30, 2013 and is open to photos that highlight life in the Army both past and present.
Photos can be submitted in six categories: Army Soldiers, Army Family, Army Leadership, Army Equipment, Historical Place Related to Army History, and Digitally Altered Photographs. Contestants will compete in their own age group: Elementary School (Grade 5 and below), Middle School (Grades 6, 7, and 8), High School (9, 10, 11, and 12), and Adult. All images must be original except for the Digitally Altered Photographs, which may be altered using Photoshop and can cover any subject that falls into the categories listed above. The photos must also have been taken by the contestant submitting them; this can include pictures taken during service from World War II through Current Operations. Prizes will be awarded for each category and in each age group. There will also be one prize for best overall photograph.
This contest is free and open to current residents of Pennsylvania or individuals currently affiliated with the United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, and all other Active Army or Reservist/Pennsylvania National Guard Installations located in Pennsylvania. For more information on age groups, categories, and a complete list of rules, please see the 2013 USAHEC Photo Contest Official Rules on the www.usahec.org website or call 717-245-3972.