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2018 CAF Imagery Contest winners celebrated in Ottawa

By Eric MacKenzie, Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services –

On 28 November 2018, Canadian Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS) hosted the 51st Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Imagery Contest Awards Ceremony at the Canadian War Museum (CWM) in Ottawa.

The 2018 CAF Imagery Contest Photography committees received a total of 1,418 entries from 259 participants. The Video committee alone received a total of 72 entries from 44 participants. The two-day judging session for photography took place on 10-11 October 2018, and the one-day video judging session took place in October.

This year’s Patron, Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, had the honour of choosing one photograph as the Patron’s Award. He selected “Fire” by Corporal Nicolas Alonso.

“I have to say, choosing one photo was not an easy decision due to the calibre of work,” said LGen Wynnyk. “Soon this photograph will grace the walls of the VCDS suite at National Defence Headquarters where it will be admired by the many folks who visit. This photograph represents military attributes such as courage, perseverance and determination – the very qualities of the personnel who make up the Canadian Armed Forces.”

Additionally, this year’s Military Photographer Achievement Award (MPAA) was presented to Leading Seaman Dany Bard, currently stationed at 8 WIng Trenton. Fun fact; his father, Lieutenant-Colonel (ret’d) André Bard received a similar award back in 1982. The MPAA is designed to recognize military photographers for their personal and professional achievements, leadership, volunteer efforts, and self-development towards furthering the objectives of military photography in documenting and promoting the day by day activities and achievements of the CAF.

Each year there is a dedicated group of people who make this ceremony possible, such as CAF Imaging Systems Program Management, Combat Camera and Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services.

“Photographs and videos share our story with Canadians; they connect us to operations and our military life and are a reflection of our lived experience,” indicated Commodore Sean N. Cantelon, Director General Morale and Welfare Services.

The National Capital Region was well represented, with many military and civilian members of the local Defence Community whose artworks were on display in the LeBreton Gallery.

Major Awards

  • Photographer of the Year – Novice: Corporal Morgan LeBlanc
  • Photographer of the Year – Advanced: Corporal Albert Law


Video Awards

  • First Place – Novice – Actuality: Aviator Belina Hooper
  • First Place – Advanced – Social Media Video: Mr. Doug Rotar, Master Corporal Kurt Visser, Mr. Patrick Edwards and Master Corporal Andrew Wesley
  • First Place – Advanced – Actuality: Major Maciej Hatta


The recipients of the following awards were announced during the ceremony.

  • Patron’s Award: Corporal Nicolas Alonso
  • Military Photographer of the Year Award: Leading Seaman Dany Bard
  • Best in Show – Novice: Mrs. Gisele Amow
  • Best in Show – Advanced: Master Corporal Jennifer Kusche


Results from each category can be found in the attached lists (Novice and Advanced) and all the winning photos may be enjoyed online.

For more information please visit the contest’s website.

Photo: CFSU(O) IMAGING SERVICES/Private Tori Lake


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