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Air Force Services Agency officials are accepting photograph entries on, now through July 4, as part of the Year of the Air Force Family.
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Posted 6/7/2010   Updated 6/7/2010 Email story   Print story


by Maj. Belinda Petersen
Air Force Services Agency Public Affairs

6/7/2010 - RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Air Force Services Agency officials are accepting photograph entries on, now through July 4, as part of the Year of the Air Force Family.

This is an opportunity for Airmen and eligible patrons of Air Force morale, welfare, and recreation programs to express through their photos what Air Force life means to them. Eligible family members ages 12 - 17 years can compete in the youth category.

"We are really looking forward to seeing how our youth depict their Air Force life through photography," said Carol Sudy, marketing specialist at the Air Force Services Agency.

Contestants may submit up to three photos. Click here for submission guidelines.

Once uploaded, visitors to the site can vote for their favorite photos. Entries with the highest number of votes will become finalists. The earlier a photo is submitted, the more time it can rack up votes.

Even though online voting will determine the finalists, the final winner selection will be made by professional photographers.

One winner in each category (youth and adult) will receive a Nikon D90 camera package including a Nikon SB-900 flash, Manfrotto tripod, SanDisk 4GB card, and battery charger, valued at $2,000. Furthermore, the adult winner will receive a one-hour mentoring Skype session with Ansen Seale, a professional photographer.

Last year, Air Force Services Agency officials launched to help Airmen and their families stay connected, informed and engaged in programs as part of the Year of the Air Force Family.

"To date, we have awarded over 492 prizes, including Apple Macbook computers, Flip Video cameras, Sony eBook Readers, iPods, Acer netbooks, and more," said Ms. Debbie Karnes, Air Force Services Agency spokeswoman. "A list of winners can be found on the site. For each competition, we add new prizes. During the photograph competition, those who register on the site are eligible to win a Nikon Cool Pix S70 digital camera and iTunes cards."

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley designated July 2009 to July 2010 as the Year of the Air Force Family, a period to recognize the sacrifices and contributions of the diverse Air Force family including active duty, Reserves, Air National Guard, single Airmen, civilians, spouses, children, retirees, and community partners.

"Taking care of families is a solemn promise we make to each Airman and family member," said Secretary Donley. "Sense of community is a cultural trademark of the Air Force, and we will seek ways to nurture it as part of the larger 'Year of the Air Force Family' effort."

To find details on the competitions and to enter, Airmen and eligible patrons of Air Force MWR programs can log on to

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