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2007 Visual Information Award winners announced

An Air Force videographer (left to right), a still photographer and a graphics specialist are all highlighted by the setting sun. Airmen earned 13 first place awards, nine second place awards and 11 third place awards in the Defense Department 2007 Visual Information Awards contest. (U.S. Air Force photo)

An Air Force videographer (left to right), a still photographer and a graphics specialist are all highlighted by the setting sun. Airmen earned 13 first place awards, nine second place awards and 11 third place awards in the Defense Department 2007 Visual Information Awards contest. (U.S. Air Force photo)

SAN ANTONIO (AFPN) -- Contest officials for the Defense Department 2007 Visual Information Awards here recently recognized numerous Air Force photographers, videographers, journalists and graphic artists for excellence in their fields.

Airmen earned 13 first place awards, nine second place awards and 11 third place awards. 

Master Sgt. William Vance from the Education and Training Division at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, was named the Military Graphics Artist of the Year.

Staff Sgt. Stacy Pearsall from the 1st Combat Camera Squadron at Charleston AFB, S.C, earned honors as the Military Photographer of the Year.

Submissions from active duty, Reserve, and National Guard enlisted members of the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard were judged by nationally recognized professionals from television and production studios, news organizations and universities.

The Visual Information Awards Program is designed to recognize, reward, and promote excellence among military photographers, videographers, journalists and graphic artists for their achievements in furthering the objectives of military photography, videography, and graphic arts as a command information and documentation media within the military. 

The program operates under the aegis of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and is administered by the Commandant of the Defense Information School, with cooperation from national and local professional organizations.

Visit the awards site at http://www.dinfos.osd.mil/events/viap/index.asp# for more information about the program and the full list of awardees. 

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