Photo Contest - Collage of four maritime photos

For over 128 years, photography has enhanced the pages of Proceedings, bringing the written word to life.

In the August 1961 issue of Proceedings, a small remark appeared in the "Secretary's Notes," announcing that

"the first Review, 'The U.S. Navy and Marine Cops in 1961,' will be published as early a practicable in 1962. With pictures and words, it will cover the year's developments and achievements in the Navy and Marine Corps."

A subsequent notice published in the Naval Institute's Secretary-Treasurer's November "Notes" expanded the subject matter: one section of the book would be devoted to the ten best naval photographs of the year, and photograph submissions would invited for this competition. The purpose of this section of the Naval Review would to display the best of what had been done in naval photography and to show to others what can be done. Further, it was aimed at recognizing the individual photographer who made the most of his or her opportunities.

The requirements for the contest were simple. The photographs could cover any subject so long as they were taken in 1961 and pertained clearly to the Navy, the Marines, the Coast Guard, the merchant service, or the sea itself. They could be either official or unofficial, and any individual, naval, military, or civilian, was eligible. The top ten photographs were awarded $50 each, and negatives were required with all photographs submitted.

The ten best photographs were taken by five persons: two regular Navy photographers, a naval reserve officer on active duty, a Coast Guard Reserve officer on active duty, and a civilian.

The contest first appeared on the pages of Proceedings proper in 1966, and even expanded to include an International Navies component. When the contest was discontinued in 2011, many wondered if it would ever return. Today we are are excited to announce that were are reviving the contest—no negatives needed.

Though cash prizes are offered for the first- and second-prize winners, the Naval Institute wishes to thank and recognize all those who will submit to the contest. As one of the very 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


Any naval or maritime imagery not previously published


The winning and runner-up photos are featured in Proceedings, and on


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

Deadline for Photo Entries

30 September 2019
No more than two photos per person.


High-resolution digital photo, a minimum of 300 dpi preferred, .tiff or .jpg