Veterans and Families Institute for Military Social Research photography competition

An exciting opportunity for photographers to have their work featured on the Veterans and Families Research (VFR) Hub.

The VFR Hub will soon be receiving an updated and modernised design, which will improve usability including for those who are visually impaired.

The Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre have launched a competition to find a new leading image that will feature at the top of the VFR Hub’s homepage. There may be an opportunity for other images to be selected for use elsewhere on the website as well.

This is an excellent opportunity for photographers to have their work exposed to the VFR Hub’s international audience.


  • 1 x £150 for the photograph selected to be the leading image.
  • 2 x £50 for two highly commended images.

Photograph Specifications
A landscape image that would work as part of a leading image banner.

  • Minimum width: 1,500 pixels
  • Maximum width: 2,500 pixels
  • Minimum height: 490 pixels

Accepted formats:

  • BMP
  • JPEG / JPG
  • TIFF
  • WebP

What is a leading image?
A leading image is a website design term used to describe the banner image at the top of a website, it serves as a user’s first glimpse into the website, showcasing what the website is about. The leading image has prominent placement towards the top of a webpage and usually extends the full width of the page.

What photographic content are we looking for?
The VFR Hub aims to reach a wide audience and inform users about what life is like for veterans and their family members. We want the leading image on the VFR Hub to be striking, interesting and reflect the diversity of these families.

This is an opportunity for us to celebrate our veterans and families, and for you to show us what this means to you. We are open to your ideas and interpretation of what it means to be part of the wider Armed Forces community, although entrants to the competition do not have to belong to the Armed Forces community.

Key points and questions for you to consider as you think about taking your photograph(s):

Veterans can be a wide range of ages, with varying physical characteristics. How might you depict this in a photograph?
Veterans and their family members are often proud of their time serving in the Armed Forces.
Armed Forces and ex-Service families come in a variety of shapes and sizes. How might you depict the diversity of these families?

Who can enter?
The competition is open to all ages* and photographers from around the world. We want to hear from anyone with an interest in taking photographs. You might be an accomplished amateur or someone exploring photography for the first time.

*If you are under 18 you should obtain consent to enter the competition from a parent or guardian.

What else should I know?
All images selected for use of the VFR Hub will be credited with the photographer’s by-line. This is a great way to show the world that you are a photographer and share your work with a wider audience.

You can enter more than one image into the competition.

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