American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2012 – The contest deadline to submit photos is fast approaching for an exhibit titled “Serving Abroad … Through Their Eyes,” which will depict the daily life of military deployments and overseas assignments.
The contest’s focus is to show the most compelling photos of friendships, places, faces, losses and triumphs of deployment as captured through the camera lenses of military members, veterans and diplomats, said Army Lt. Col. Luke Knittig, a coordinator for the joint Defense Department and State Department project.
Feb. 20, will be the final day judges can receive photos taken overseas since 2000 by active-duty troops, veterans and Foreign Service members. Submissions can represent daily life during a deployment, in a combat zone or from a humanitarian relief mission, Knittig said.
The contest to collect photos began last Nov. 11.
The exhibit will comprise 1,000 winning pictures that will commemorate the State Department’s Art in Embassies program’s 50th anniversary. The images will be a part of an audio and video montage.
Judge will include former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and four former chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen and Army Gen. Colin Powell. Powell also is a former secretary of state.
The winning photos will be announced Armed Forces Day, May 19. The 10 “Best in Show” photographers will be invited to Washington, where they will be honored and participate in the exhibition’s November VIP opening celebration.
The “Serving Abroad … Through Their Eyes” exhibit is slated to be displayed at the Smithsonian Institution’s American Art Museum, U.S. embassies around the world, the Pentagon and other prominent international venues this year, officials said.
The State Department’s Art in Embassies program, formalized by President John F. Kennedy’s administration, is one of the premier public-private partnership arts organizations in continuous operation in 180 countries worldwide, State Department officials said. It plays an important role in U.S. public diplomacy through a culturally expansive mission that creates temporary exhibits and permanent collections, artist and cultural exchange programming, and publications, they added.
Contest rules, photo specifications and submission forms are posted on the project’s website.