Judging

The MVA judge selection process is one of the most crucial parts of the program. Each judge will use their knowledge of photography or videography,  background and experience to yield an unbiased assessment of high quality military media. They will rank their choices of the top photographs and videos in each category 1st thru 3rd and one honorable mention. This year we are planning to host live judging via webcast for all to view. Both photo and video judging will occur on separate days, tentatively scheduled between Jan. 28th – 31st. We will make updates and announcements as judges confirm availability.

2020

Ariana is a Photojournalist with a focus on social and political issues based in San Diego, California. Ariana has covered the Arab Spring, the rise and fall of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, and the frontlines of Syria’s Civil War.

In 2019 she completed a series focusing on migrants and their issues at the U.S. – Mexican border, including migrants who have traveled through Central America and Mexico in hopes of seeking asylum in the United States. Recently she has focused on stories relating to Covid-19, Black Lives Matter and the presidential election.  Ariana is a graduate of the Design Institute of San Diego with a BFA in Interior Design.

Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, Agence France-Presse, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, among others.  She is HEFAT certified.

1 / 6 - Photo by Ariana Drehsler ©The New York Times
2 / 6 - Photo by Ariana Drehsler ©The New York Times
3 / 6 - Photo by Ariana Drehsler ©The New York Times
4 / 6 - Photo by Ariana Drehsler ©The New York Times
5 / 6 - Photo by Ariana Drehsler ©The New York Times
6 / 6 - Photo by Ariana Drehsler ©The New York Times

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