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."


All amateur and professional photographers


All naval or maritime imagery not previously published (exception: Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS))


High-resolution digital photo, a minimum of 300 dpi preferred, tiff or jpg. No more than five entries per person. No manipulations except for color enhancement or crop.


30 September 2021


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 are featured in Proceedings and on

Submitting Entries:

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Selected Submissions

First Prize
Lieutenant Commander Colin Dudeck, Royal Canadian Navy
Second Prize
Petty Officer Second Class Alex Perlman, U.S. Navy
Third Prize
Petty Officer Third Class Gray Gibson, U.S. Navy

Previous Winners