(2) Trophies and certificates.
This type of presentation usually
involves a sports trophy, certificates of achievement, best mess awards,
The recipient and the presenter are usually holding the trophy or
certificate with their left hands and shaking right hands below it.
(a) Have the subjects look at each other or the award, not
directly at the camera. Be sure the certificate or trophy is held upright.
(b) On occasion, these awards will be presented to a team or group
of people. The team captain or senior person in the group can be accepting
the award from the presenter with the rest grouped around them. Be careful
that no one's face is hidden. Remember some of the techniques we discussed
in group photography. You may have to pose this shot after the ceremony so
you are not disruptive.
Refer now to figure 2-4. In this photo, the photographer took control of
the situation and turned the awardee slightly towards the camera.
results are better identification of the individual and we get to see the
One of the most significant happenings in a
soldier's career is when he is being recognized for his professionalism by
With the recipient standing straight and tall, have a senior
noncommissioned officer or an officer holding up a pair of new stripes or
pinning on a new set of bars.
(a) If the recipient has family present, it may be appropriate to
include them in the picture sharing the soldier's happiness.
same precautions about posing the participants as mentioned above. Make the
recipient the focus of the picture and be sure the insignia is clearly seen.
(b) When a group of individuals are promoted at the same ceremony,
the photographer may want to pose an informal group picture.
Figures 2-5 and 2-6 illustrate promotion photos. Since collar devices are
small, the photographers need to move in and ask the people pinning on the
new rank not to cover the device with their hands. One method is to stage
the action as in figure 2-5. The other method is to be watchful during the
actual ceremony, waiting for that moment where the hands do not cover the
rank as we see in figure 2-6.