2021 Photo Contest Winners

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. Maximum of five submissions per person. No photo manipulation except color enhancement and cropping.


30 September 2022


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 will be featured in Proceedings and on usni.org.

Submitting Entries:

To submit entries visit  https://get.usni.org/2022_photo_contest/


Selected Submissions

First Prize
Andre Boto
Second Prize
Petty Officer Third Class Mariano Lopez Jr., U.S. Navy
Third Prize
Petty Officer First Class (AW) Melvin Farrington, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Previous Winners