Serving Abroad Photo-Call Now Open

Posted by Amanda Brooks
December 13, 2011
Serving Abroad Photo Exhibition

The Department of State's Office of Art in Embassies (AIE) is pleased to announce its collaboration with the Department of Defense on a historic exhibition of inspired photographs from overseas service, to be titled "Serving Abroad... Through Their Eyes," as part of AIE's year-long 50th anniversary celebration in 2012.

Any current or former military, civil, and Foreign Service officer may submit a single, compelling photograph from their service abroad for consideration as one of up to a thousand selected for inclusion in an expressive video artwork display. The image captured in the photograph should be of daily life, friendship, places, faces, loss, or triumph and taken since the year 2000. Submissions will be accepted now through February 20, 2012. Rules, entry forms, and guidelines may be found by visiting The multi-venue video artwork will be on display during a private, evening reception on November 30, 2012 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and will then travel to the Pentagon, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, and other prominent international locations.

A jury selection panel of noted Americans, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; former Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy Admiral Mike Mullen, Air Force General Richard Myers, Marine General Peter Pace, and General Colin Powell, who also served as Secretary of State; New York Times photographer Joao Silva; and David Gregory, of Meet the Press, will announce the selections on Armed Forces Day, May 19, 2012. The "Best in Show" photographers will be honored at the November 2012 opening celebration.

The direct submission form is here. Simply fill it out and email your image to be included!



Massachusetts, USA
December 13, 2011

Maureen in Massachusetts writes:

The jury selection panel will have unique exposure to all those images since 2000. Wouldn't it be interesting to hear feedback from them after the selection process...? Their personal impressions after having viewed and judged the totality of the images. I can only imagine.

And our Faces, My Heart, Brief as John Berger.

Thanks for the post Amanda Brooks.


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