HomeNewsArticle Display

Air Force photo contest winners highlight family theme

Congratulations to the 2020 Air Force Art Contest winners, adult accomplished.

The winning photos of the 2020 Air Force Art Contest winners, adult accomplished, are shown in this graphic. (U.S. Air Force graphic)

Congratulations to the 2020 Air Force Art Contest winners, adult novice.

The winning photos of the 2020 Air Force Art Contest winners, adult novice, are shown in this graphic. (U.S. Air Force graphic)

Congratulations to the 2020 Air Force Art Contest winners, ages 6-8.

The winning photos of the 2020 Air Force Art Contest winners, ages 6-8, are shown in this graphic. (U.S. Air Force graphic)

Congratulations to the 2020 Air Force Art Contest winners, ages 9-12.

The winning photos of the 2020 Air Force Art Contest, ages 9-12, are shown in this graphic. (U.S. Air Force graphic)

Congratulations to the 2020 Air Force Art Contest winners, ages 13-17.

The winning photos of the 2020 Air Force Art Contest, ages 13-17, are shown in this graphic. (U.S. Air Force graphic)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) --

The Air Force recently announced its 2020 photo contest winners.

The winners – first, second and third place in five categories – were among more than 600 entries submitted for the annual contest.

Entries for this year’s competition with a theme of “We Are Family” were submitted in July. Participants entered up to two images for one of the categories. A panel judged the entries based on impact, creativity and technical excellence.

“The entries this year were just as amazing as last year’s entries,” said Darlene Johnson, Air Force Services Center Community and Leisure Programs director. “The photos really brought the meaning of this year’s theme to life.”

Although the timeline to judge the entries was constrained due to installation force support squadron activities being closed, the theme brought much emotion to the judging as shared by Jacqueline White, Arts and Crafts director at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas.

“The theme was very appropriate for this year with regards to all we are dealing with COVID-19,” White said. “The entries were varied, original and creative. Some of the entries brought tears to my eyes and tugged on my heartstrings.”

This is White’s first year judging the contest and not only was she surprised by the number of entries she judged, but how close each of the photos represented the theme.

“Families were depicted in many different ways in the pictures and this is proof the military family is a broad and close-knit community,” she said.

Category winners are:

Youth 6-8 years - First Place, Lelia Santiago, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado; Second Place, Aiden Akridge, Robins AFB, Georgia; and Third Place, Autumn Hardt, Luke AFB, Arizona

Youth 9-12 years - First Place, Kinsley Miller, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey; Second Place, Kai Chapa, Scott AFB, Illinois; and Third Place, Leonardo Arroyo, Eglin AFB, Florida

Youth 13-17 years - First Place, Katelyn Wood, Minot AFB, North Dakota; Second Place, Lyla Keizer, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas; and Third Place, Cooper Henry, RAF Alconbury, United Kingdom

Adult Novice - First Place, Amanda Hunter, Hill AFB, Utah; Second Place, Travis Klare, Nellis AFB, Nevada; and Third Place, Romina Divincenzo, Defense Logistics Agency, New Cumberland, Pennsylvania

Adult Accomplished - First Place, Bryan Holm, Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona; Second Place, Justin Bellamy, Luke AFB, Arizona, and Third Place, Crystal Johnson, JB Charleston, South Carolina



“We actually had an individual who won in last year’s contest win in this year’s contest,” Johnson said. “Kinsley Miller from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst won in the Youth 6-8-year-old category last year, and this year she won in the Youth 9-12-year-old category.”

Another first time judge, Taylor Stone, Arts and Crafts director at Kadena Air Base, Japan, has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a focus in painting from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

She was impressed by the visual capture from the adult accomplished entries, but it was the youth categories that stood out in their interpretation of family.

“It’s great to see young minds being creative and expressing themselves through art and photography,” Stone said. “Family doesn’t have to be blood related and can be anyone that makes you feel at home, as these entries really showcase.”

For those looking forward to next year’s contest, Stone said all entries are welcome and those with little to no experience could become next year’s winners.

“Don’t be nervous to submit an entry; greatness can come from everywhere and really take time to consider the theme as that was a large criteria for judging,” she said.

Look for information about the 2021 Air Force Photo Contest in the spring. In addition to the photo contest, AFSVC conducts an annual Air Force Art Contest. Call for entries for that contest will run from Jan. 15-Feb. 15.

Engage

Twitter
RT @USAFCENT: USAFCENT invests $3 million to upgrade its Combined Air Operations Center at Al Udeid AB, Qatar. The CAOC also touted its dis…
Twitter
Global reach A B-52 Stratofortress flies in formation with F-16 Fighting Falcons and F-15E Strike Eagles during a… https://t.co/nw1bwI08gH
Twitter
The record scoring provides objective data for more informative assignment placement, hiring for special duty posit… https://t.co/zynYnvbMaC
Twitter
Updating training to better prepare future leaders Squadron Officer School's new curriculum challenges students to… https://t.co/pcbCqVbQ4F
Twitter
What are you having for dinner? 🍗 This Thanksgiving, we are thankful for our Airmen and families who make sacrifi… https://t.co/ID1vU6CWkH
Twitter
Looking to the future The Arnold Engineering Development Complex at Arnold AFB, Tennessee, is leading the way for… https://t.co/uPDfihgdmq
Twitter
RT @USAF_ACC: #ICYMI @DMAFB trained dynamic force employment and agile combat employment during Exercise Bushwhacker 20-07. @ACC_Commander
Twitter
Ensuring the Nuclear Triad remains safe, secure, effective and ready. @MaxwellAFB, Alabama was selected as the pre… https://t.co/3ntc4MdzK8
Twitter
During the spring of 2020, the 35th Contracting Squadron solicited 35th Fighter Wing units for innovative ideas tha… https://t.co/y0H3oNR87q
Twitter
Coming in hot Crew chiefs assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Air Maintenance Squadron conduct hot-refuel training… https://t.co/bOue5e3y08
Twitter
Honoring heritage. The Tuskegee Airmen were not only pilots, they were support personnel as well. Although better… https://t.co/9dJPHKfnXS
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: Thank you @Ng_Eng_Hen for welcoming me to discuss the close U.S.-Singapore security partnership. The @USAirForce looks f…
Twitter
Measuring base readiness @Spangdahlem_AB Airmen participated in a base readiness exercise on Nov. 17. During the e… https://t.co/DK6PKX7Irs
Twitter
The Digital University was recently launched to increase digital literacy, by providing access to free courses to a… https://t.co/0fq0lgPEvu
Twitter
Combat Hammer ⚒️ Airmen from Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina participated in exercise Combat Hammer, which is… https://t.co/sYUgdA0MLs
Twitter
555th Fighter Squadron Airmen prepare for takeoff during a bi-lateral exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy. The train… https://t.co/3ZjJsLkn2O
Twitter
Train like we fight. Operators participate in the Special Operations Terminal Attack Controller Course. The 5-week… https://t.co/IOoJBrbqgO
Twitter
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,313,118
Follow Us