AIR CADET AND STAFF MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS COMPETITION 2018

EVENT INFORMATION – MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS COMPETITION

1. The 2018 competition comprises the following events:

a. Annual Adult Media Competition

b. Annual Cadet Media Competition

c. Staff Photographic Competition

d. Cadet Photographic Competition

e. Best Media Article

The Alan Wiggins Trophy will be awarded to the photograph from any category adjudged to be the best photograph in competition. The Alan Wiggins Trophy award does not form any part of the scoring for the overall media competition or for the Region Field Day result.

EVENT SCORING

Each of the above elements will be scored for the overall media competition. The total number of points awarded to each wing will determine the outcome of the competition.

 

MEDIA COMPETITIONS

Cadet Competition

a. Using their knowledge of why they joined and the factors that they consider are important to their continued service, the cadets are to design a recruitment leaflet (no larger than A4 when unfolded) encompassing the RAFAC core activities with emphasis on what they conceive as the key recruitment drivers.

b. Those producing the leaflet must ensure that all cadets and staff illustrated have given permission for their image to be published to a wider, unspecified audience for the promotion of the RAFAC.

c. All those illustrated, cadets and staff, must conform to the current uniform regulations and all illustrated activities must conform to the activity safe practice as laid down within the ACP covering the activity.

d. Entries must have been produced by cadets currently members of the RAFAC.

e. Entries must be sent, by email, to the RMCO media.ce@aircadets.org by Saturday 29th September 2018. (This assumes RFD being held the weekend of 6th-7th October 2018)

Staff Competition

a. Changes to the adult volunteer uniformed service, although introduced at the end of last year, is not reflected in recruitment literature held at squadron/wing level. The adult entry this year is for the production of adult recruitment leaflets (no larger that A4 when unfolded). The design must incorporate the new uniform designations and wording used accurately reflect the new Cadet Forces structure.

b. Those producing the leaflet must ensure that all cadets and staff illustrated have given permission for their image to be published to a wider, unspecified audience for the promotion of the RAFAC.

c. All those illustrated, cadets and staff, must conform to the current uniform regulations and all illustrated activities must conform to the activity safe practice as laid down within the ACP Covering the activity.

d. Entries must have been produced by adult staff currently members of the RAFAC.

e. Entries must be sent, by email, to the RMCO media.ce@aircadets.org by Saturday 29th September 2018. (This assumes RFD being held the weekend of 6th-7th October 2018)

PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITIONS – Cadets and Staff

The Photographic competition for the year 2018 requires the production of one photograph.
The photograph must portray cadets or staff promoting the “Light Blue Footprint” within their local communities.

As in previous years, a separate competition invites one additional entry per cadet or staff from each wing based solely on photographic merit. This may be of any subject that is clearly RAFAC related.

OVERALL RULES FOR PHOTOGRAPIC CATEGORIES

The Photograph entries must be delivered for judging at the Region Field Day held in October 2018.

Any photograph submitted must have been taken between the RFD 2017 and RFD 2018.

All photographs must comply with ACP 50 and must show cadets in correct uniform, PPE and proper supervision (if required) for the activity being undertaken in the photograph.

Photographs may be Black and White or Colour. Quality enhancement through digital resource is permitted, however computer manipulation of images is not permitted.

Photographs must be no larger than 10” x 8” and must be mounted on individual cards no larger that 12” x 12”.

All photographs must be clearly labelled with the following details(see fig 1);

Title of photograph (including activity selected from para 11 if applicable)
Where the photograph was taken
When the photograph was taken
Technical detail (camera type, lens, etc)
Name of the person taking the photograph
Rank of the person taking the photograph
The squadron/unit of the person taking the photograph
The name of the Wing the photograph is representing

The judges will take into account the subject matter, the relevance to the competition, compliance with applicable regulations (dress, safety etc), depiction of the RAFAC within the photograph, technical quality and the publicity merit of the photograph.

The submitted photographs must be made available to the RMCO for publication if so requested. It is required that those cadets or staff or general public (if recognisable) who are depicted within the photograph have given their consent for publicity.

Any cadet or Staff member depicted and identifiable within any photograph submitted must have give personal (and parental where necessary) permission for the image to be used in RAFAC, RAF or MoD publicity for the promotion of the RAFAC.

Entries must be provided directly to Sqn Ldr Munns, RMCO, for judging at the time and place to be notified.

Fig 1. Sample label for photographs

Entry Title:

Where Taken:

When:

Technical Details:

Name:

Rank:

Unit:

Wing:

Best Media Article Competition

Since the Media Tracker Form was withdrawn, squadrons were requested to submit, via their WMCOs, reports of news articles (with photographs) that have achieved wide media response and that have resulted in substantial financial, profile or recruitment gains.

The competition will be judged on those reports that have been sent during the year as requested. Judging will take into account the quality of the article, the coverage it has received, the gain to the squadron and the photographic illustration of the story.

The appropriate Forms submitted during the year will be scrutinised and the squadrons/wings with articles short listed for final judging will be asked to provide the original Press Release and photograph for final judging.