The Defense Information School (DINFOS) has a long-standing mission of producing outstanding Public Affairs and Visual Information personnel for the U.S. Department of Defense. We are a component of the Defense Media Activity.

The Visual Information Awards Program (VIAP), the Thomas Jefferson (TJ) and the Visual Information Production Awards Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for competition year 2014 has been released. Please contact the DINFOS Competition Coordinator for any questions or concerns: Commercial: 301-677-4364; DSN: 622-4364; Email: dma.meade.dinfos.list.competitions-coordinator@mail.mil
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  • 2014 VIAP: Due to technical issues, the deadline for the competition is now midnight Feb. 20, 2015. Please ensure to get your submissions in. If you run into any difficulties, please email: dma.meade.dinfos.list.competitions-coordinator@mail.mil or PM. We will ensure you get your images in.

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  • Col. Jeremy Martin, Defense Information School commandant, gives Donald Smith, Public Affairs Leadership Department academic director, civilian of the quarter award, Feb. 4, 2015, Fort Meade, Md. Last quarter, Smith led a team to create a new operational security computer-based training for the Department of Defense and assisted getting the necessary equipment for a wounded warrior to complete training at DINFOS. (DoD photo by Joseph Coslett/Released)

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  • Col. Jeremy Martin, Defense Information School commandant, presents certificates to the winners of the Martin Luther King, Jr. poetry contest to Pfc. Alexis Rocha, DINFOS student and second place winner, Rachel M. Martin, a Fort Meade High School student and third place winner, and Seaman Zackary Landers, DINFOS student and first place winner, Fort Meade, Md., Jan. 28, 2015. The observance, hosted by the DINFOS Equal Opportunity committee, provided music, poetry and education for service members and civilians at the school.

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  • Bruce Colkitt, Visual Communications Department director, left, presents a certificate of appreciation to Tommy Gilligan, professional photographer, for speaking at the graduation ceremony of Basic Still Photography Course 010-15 at the Defense Information School on Fort George G. Meade, Md., Jan. 16, 2015. Gilligan shared anecdotes and guidance with the graduates as well as information to aid them in the photography career. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Chad J. Pulliam/Released)

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  • Students of Basic Still Photography Course 010-15 stand at attention during the playing of the national anthem during their graduation ceremony at the Defense Information School on Fort George G. Meade, Md., Jan. 16, 2015. The graduates will move on to follow-on courses for more training or to operational forces where they will gather imagery for commanders, historical documentation, and public consumption. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Chad J. Pulliam / Release)

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  • Ray B. Shepherd, Defense Media Activity director, speaks before students, instructors, friends and family who gathered to celebrate the last day of the Defense Information School 50th anniversary closing ceremony at Fort Meade, Md., Jan 30, 2015. Shepherd was the guest speaker for the special ceremony that marked the end of a year-long celebration recognizing the history and contributions of the Defense Information School. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. David Chapman/Released)

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  • Maryland Governor, the Honorable Larry Hogan presents the Defense Information School 50th Anniversary Proclamation to Col. Jeremy M. Martin, DINFOS commandant, during the 50th Anniversary Closing Ceremony in the DINFOS Hall of Hero's, Jan. 30, 2015. The ceremony marks the end of a year-long celebration recognizing the history and contributions of the Defense Information School. The school serves as world's only communication school serving the Department of Defense and to date the school has trained nearly 100,000 military, civilian and foreign students. (DoD photo by Rick Corral/Released)

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  • Students, instructors, friends and family gathered to celebrate the last day of the Defense Information School 50th Anniversary during the closing ceremony at Fort Meade, Md., Jan 30, 2015. The ceremony marks the end of a year-long celebration recognizing the history and contributions of the Defense Information School. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. David Chapman/Released)

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  • Sgt. Jeremy Miller, Defense Information School student, conducts an on-camera interview during the Basic Public Affairs Specialist Course class 010-15 field training exercise Jan. 20, 2015, Fort Meade, Md. Miller was giving a localized interview on how it feels to be in a deployed environment during a four-day FTX designed to simulate a deployment allowing the students to hone their public affairs skills. (DoD photo by Pfc. Caitlyn M. Wager/Released)

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  • Lance Cpl. Fatmeh Saad, Defense Information School student, talks to an actor playing an Afghan woman, Zahra Ali Ghatola, during the Basic Public Affairs Specialist Course class 010-15 field training exercise Jan. 20, 2015, Fort Meade, Md. The FTX simulates a deployed environment and students participate in common scenarios to hone their press release writing, photography and on-camera interview skills. (DoD photo by Pfc. Caitlyn M. Wager/Released)

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  • Basic Public Affairs Specialist Course class 010-15 students from the Defense Information School march out to the field training exercise site Jan. 16, 2015, Fort Meade, Md. The students will be at the site for four days to simulate a deployed environment and participate in common scenarios to hone their press release writing, photography and on-camera interview skills. (DoD photo by Pfc. Steven Tran/Released)

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