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U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary - Public Affairs - Creative Services

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The Photo Corps, part of the Department of Public Affairs, consists of members who professional or advanced amateur photographers who take high resolution digital photographs for use within the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary. Membership is open to any Auxiliarist who has the photographic equipment and skills to produce high quality images suitable for publication. Click the following link to learn more and download a PDF document on the Auxiliary Photo Corps.

Images of Aux Members on a boat, marina, booths and SARs 

The Coast Guard Auxiliary “Photo of the Week” (POTW) program is administered by the Photography Branch of the National Public Affairs “A” department. The purpose is to highlight photos of exceptional quality that accurately convey various missions and program areas, as well as significant special events.   Click the following link to learn more about the POTW by reading a one page PDF.

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The Introduction to Digital Photography Class is available at the Coast Guard Auxiliary - Online Classroom.  Appropriate use of photography is essential in public affairs. This course was developed to train Coast Guard Auxiliary public affairs people the basics of digital photography. This course was developed totally within the Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Affairs National Staff.

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Submitting Photographs to Navigator,Navigator Express or LIVE

Before you submit photographs for publication in The Navigator, Navigator Express, LIVE, or use in a local publication please review that photograph carefully for the following issues. Make sure that everyone in the photo is wearing proper Coast Guard and USCG Auxiliary uniform according to the Uniform Guidelines. Look carefully at your shot, are all the activities shown in the photo proper (safe) procedures, no one standing right behind an active tow line? or not wearing a life jacket while underway or the life jacket is on but not buckled?

Most importantly, if children are present in the photo do you have a signed model release allowing you and the Auxiliary to use that shot?

We cannot and will not knowingly publish a photo that is not representing the Coast Guard and the Auxiliary in a respectful manner.

Please read, know and operate with the following Photograph Policies copied below.  Remember to submit all photos for use in any of our national publications, print and electronic in high resolution with no alterations to color, content or other forms of manipulation.

USCG Auxiliary Photographing Children Policy as of January 2020
Policy: Photographing Children

  1. When the mission of the Auxiliary requires taking or using images of minors (persons under the age of 18 years), parental consent for taking and using the image of the minor must be obtained as follows:
    1. If the minor is located on private property at the time the image is taken, or
    2. If the minor is located on public property and participating in a Coast Guard or Auxiliary sponsored or supported event, or
    3. If local or state law requires parental consent.

  2. No minor’s image will be taken or used in a manner contrary to law.

  3. If a minor’s image was captured in a group photograph or video recording and parental consent could not be obtained, the photograph or video may be used if the minor’s image is unrecognizable.

  4. If written consent is required, the form provided for the same by the Auxiliary Chief Counsel will be used. The form is located in the Forms Warehouse on the National web site.