Award Winning Photography 2020

"Best in Show" awarded to Cody Hendrix

Photographer of the Year

Dana Beesley the Military Photographer of the year

Dana Beesley

Dana Beesley is a passionate storyteller and leader working in her 6th year of content creation. She leads a 16-marine team that specializes in all areas of public communication and digital engagement at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina.

Dana enjoys telling behind-the-scenes stories about individuals who would not normally receive coverage and prides herself on her ability to cover the backgrounds of people from all walks of life.

After graduating high school at Lewiston Senior High School, she began her studies at the University of Idaho. During her time there, she enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and shipped off to recruit training.

In 2018, Beesley graduated from the Military Photojournalism Program at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, Syracuse New York. She continues her military career at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina.

Dana's Portfolio

Dana's Picture Story

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A scheduled or unschedule event.


A storytelling picture, not news related, usually a situation that has a strong human interest or a fresh view of a commonplace occurrence.


Identifies and captures a person’s character.


Exploits the visual qualities of the subject with primary emphasis on composition and aesthetics.


A military asset such as aircraft, tanks, guns, etc., with emphasis on objects rather than people.


Produced to convey a preconceived theme, concept or idea. Does not include text or graphics.

Combat Documentation

Depicts real-world or training operations to include combat operations, disaster relief and any contingency event.


Any event, moment or scene as it relates to Covid-19.

Picture Story

A series of at least 5 and not more than 10 pictures that depict a storyline or theme. Individual photos from within a picture story may also be submitted into any of the individual photo categories.

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