Defense Media Awards
The Defense Media Awards program honors excellence among military and civilian broadcasters, graphic artists, journalists, photographers, public affairs practitioners, mass communication specialists and videographers. It also fosters an environment of innovation and growth, leading to more effective communication programs.
This annual awards program was developed by a multi-Service working group of public affairs and visual information representatives during the spring and summer of 2016. It replaces the Thomas Jefferson (TJ) Awards program, Visual Information Awards Program (VIAP), and VI Production Awards (VIPA) program. The working group identified and validated the most essential elements of the three programs and incorporated them into one unified DoD awards program.
The annual awards program is open to military units, military personnel and civilian employees of the DoD and the Military Services. This includes active-duty, Reserve, and National Guard members of the Armed Services, and U.S. Coast Guard members as well as civilian employees with the photographer, journalist, photojournalist, videographer, broadcaster, graphic artist, mass communication specialist, public affairs specialist or equivalent occupation specialty.
Service members must enter through their respective Service’s competition. Civilian employees and unit entries from defense agencies, DoD field activities and the combatant commands enter through a separate contest called the Defense Media Merit Awards, which is administered by the Defense Media Activity. See the media awards rules for more information. In most cases, competitors should contact their respect Service for information on how to enter their Service’s contest.
Defense Media Awards Judging