Photo contest 2020

Photography has enhanced the pages of Proceedings, bringing the written word to life, for nearly 100 years. Again this year, the Naval Institute invites naval photographers to enter their best images in the Naval and Maritime Photo Contest. The requirements are simple: photographs can cover any subject and should pertain to the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, or the sea itself. Any individual, military or civilian, is eligible to enter. 

Cash prizes are offered for the first-, second-, and third-prize winners, but the Naval Institute thanks all those who submit to the contest. As one of the first contest prize winners wrote, “Believe it or not, individual recognition means more to Navy photographers than does money."


Open to all amateur and professional photographers

Submission Requirements:

Photos may be of any naval or maritime subject but must not be previously published. High-resolution digital photos are required (a minimum of 300 dpi preferred) in either .tiff or .jpg format.


1st Prize — $500 + U.S. Naval Institute Membership
2nd Prize — $250 + U.S. Naval Institute Membership
3rd Prize — $100 + U.S. Naval Institute Membership

The winning and runner-up photos also will be featured in Proceedings and on

Deadline for Entries:

30 September 2020

Please limit entries to no more than five photos per person.

To submit entries visit 

Selected Submissions

First Prize
Lieutenant Commander Ian Starr, U.S. Coast Guard
Second Prize
Lieutenant Commander Samuel Blase, U.S. Coast Guard
Third Prize
Steve Footer

Previous Winners