- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 20, 2005

FORT MEADE, Md. - Judging was completed last week at the Defense Information School of submissions for the Department of Defense Visual Information Awards Program. In all, 337 military photographers submitted 2,417 entries in three competitions.

“We are extremely impressed with all the submissions for this year’s VIAP competition. All visual information professionals can be proud of the contributions to your service and nation. Our military visual information professionals are currently deployed around the world in harm’s way — documenting military history and informing the American public through their visual products,” said Col. Hiram Bell, commandant, Defense Information School. “This competition … also serves as a professional development mechanism for all [U.S. visual information] operators around the world.”

The winners are:

• Military Graphic Artist of the Year: Air Force Staff Sgt Jeremy Caskey, 2nd Communications Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.

• Military Videographer of the Year: Air Force Tech Sgt. Bret J. Irwin, 1st Combat Camera Squadron, Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina.

• Military Photographer of the Year: Air Force Staff Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey, 1st Combat Camera Squadron, Charleston Air Force Base.

Others cited by the judges include:

• First runner-up: Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Aaron Ansarov, Fleet Combat Camera Atlantic, Norfolk.

• Second runner-up: Air Force Staff Sgt.Jeffrey A. Wolfe, 1st Combat Camera Squadron, Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina.

• Honorable mention: Air Force Staff Sgt. Rickey A. Bloom, 1st Combat Camera Squadron, Charleston Air Force Base.

• Honorable mention: Army Sgt. First Class Johancharles V. Boers, 55th Signal Company, Fort Meade.

• Honorable mention: Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Shane T. McCoy, Naval Media Center, Anacostia Naval Station, Washington.

The winning entries can be viewed on the Internet at https://events.dinfos.osd.mil/viap/.

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