You be the star - video competition to showcase life in the Navy

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Topic(s): Recruitment, Defence Force Recruiting

Screen shot from a video compiled from Navy submarine community vision.
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Screen shot from a video compiled from Navy submarine community vision.

Ever thought of directing or starring in your own film?

Navy members are being invited to submit videos showcasing their life-in-service as part of a project that recognises everyone in Navy can play an important role in recruitment.

The best three submissions will win a GoPro Black camera package valued at more than $500.

Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Mark Hammond, said the perspective our own Navy members can offer is one that cannot be duplicated by other means.

“Most people who are considering a career in Navy want to know what it is really like to serve,” Rear Admiral Hammond said.

“Enabling our own people to share the many and varied aspects of service life is one way to create an authentic story that can only be told by the people who live it.”

The competition is open to individuals, groups and ship’s companies and entries can be shot on mobile phone or small video cameras.

“I have released a signal announcing the competition and I expect that commanders will be supportive of the efforts of individuals and groups in creating their submissions, as long as day to day work is not affected and the mission remains the focus for everyone,” Rear Admiral Hammond said.

“Of course, Commanding Officers and supervisors will have to be engaged through the chain of command and videos should be checked before submission for Operational Security considerations and appropriate content,” he said.

The best entries may feature in Defence Force Recruiting Centres, employment expos or online as part of a social media campaign.

Every entry has the potential to provide vision that may be re-edited into a recruiting focussed video. Entries should be from one to two minutes in duration.

To help inspire creativity, here are two examples that might help to illustrate what we are looking for:

A 90-second video that has been edited from vision provided by the Navy submarine community

A 60-second video produced by one of our talented Navy Imagery Specialists:

Videos should embrace one or more of the following themes:

  • Unsung heroes

  • Working hard to be the best we can be

  • It’s more than a job/extraordinary day in the life

  • Experience you can’t buy a ticket to

Creative video presentation, dynamic editing, exciting and interesting visuals will all help illustrate the best parts of being in Navy at sea, ashore and in our downtime.

The best outcomes are likely to be achieved through team submissions enabling different perspectives and interaction with team mates.

Submissions should be submitted before 30 November, with judging expected to be conducted before the Fleet’s Reduced Activity Period.

For entries, send an email to with your Rank, Name and Ship/Establishment/Workgroup.

You will receive a reply with a drop box link for upload of your entry.

May the best videos win!