Marine Corps Heritage Foundation awards program now open

Marines and civilians alike are eligible for categories including journalism, photography and writing

Triangle, VA (October 9, 2017) – The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Annual Awards Program. Each year the Foundation presents a series of awards for creative works preserving or advancing Marine Corps history, traditions, culture or service. Marines and civilians are eligible to submit their own artistic entries or the distinguished work of others. Awards will be presented at the Foundation’s annual award ceremony on April 28, 2018 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. The deadline for submissions is January 6, 2018.

The Annual Awards are presented in 15 categories including journalism, documentary, literature, screenplay, photography and poetry. The Foundation also honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership in their profession by presenting the John A. Lejeune for Exemplary Leadership Award and recognizes those who have provided unique and significant service to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation with the Heritage Award. Last year’s Lejeune Award winners were President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush while the former Chairman of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, General Walter E. Boomer, USMC (Ret), was honored with the Heritage Award.

A panel of experts from major regional and national media outlets, authors, noted photographers and Marines, will review the awards submissions. For a detailed list of the awards as well as submission requirements, please visit

“The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s annual awards program provides us the opportunity to celebrate individuals who creatively portray the Marine Corps’ culture and history,” said Lt. Gen. Robert R. Blackman, Jr., president and CEO of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. “It is an honor to recognize individuals and their ability to effectively communicate the importance of the U.S. Marine Corps to the history of the United States. The artistic work of Marines and civilians alike helps us preserve and promulgate the history and tradition of the Corps.”

 Submitting a nomination is free. For additional information on the Annual Awards Program please visit or to schedule an interview about the program with a Foundation representative please contact Paulo Sibaja at or 202.414.0798.

 About the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation

Dedicated to the preservation and promulgation of Marine Corps history, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation was established in 1979 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The Foundation supports the historical programs of the Marine Corps in ways not possible through government funds. The Foundation provides grants and scholarships for research and the renovation, restoration, and commissioning of historical Marine Corps artifacts and landmarks. Having secured the necessary funding for the complete construction of the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Heritage Center, located in Triangle, Virginia, the Foundation’s current primary mission is to vigorously seek financial support to provide continued leadership, strategic direction and financial oversight in supporting and expanding programs at the National Museum of the Marine Corps and beyond its walls. For more information, visit