RAAF Heritage Awards
Written accounts, drawings and paintings have always formed
an integral part of the way that nations, communities and organisations record
their history for posterity. In 1987 the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
established an awards scheme to encourage individuals to undertake original
artistic and literary endeavours that record and represent the range of Air
Force activities since the inception of the Service in 1921.
The RAAF Heritage Awards is a competition designed to
enhance the records of the RAAF, and foster interest in its heritage. Prizes
are awarded for outstanding achievements in literature and art, as well as
assistance for individuals seeking to undertake valuable historical research.
This scheme is administered by the Office of Air Force History (OAFH) within
the Air Power Development Centre (APDC), Canberra.
Winners of the 2014 Heritage Awards
1st Prize $5,000 2nd Prize $2,500
1st Prize $7,500 2nd Prize $3,500
The Heritage Fellowship is awarded to an individual whose proposal is
judged to be of special value to the RAAF. The Fellowship provides funding and
research assistance. The winner of the Heritage Fellowship will be sponsored by
the OAFH for administration and supervision, and may choose to physically work
there for a maximum period of two years. They will receive funding assistance
for budgeted costs such as travel, accommodation, copying and postage, but not
living expenses. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated
achievement in a relevant field of historical research, such as a publication
record, or as a minimum, undergraduate qualifications in history.
Art and Literature entries will
be judged, and the awarding of the Heritage Fellowship decided, by the Chief of
Air Force and his Advisory Committee, plus invited Honorary Advisers as
required. In the event of a tie, the Chief of Air Force will have a second
casting vote. The decision of the judging panel will be final and no
correspondence will be entered into. If the entries in a particular category
are judged to be below the required standard, then either a reduced prize, or
no prize at all, will be announced for that category.
Results will be announced in
conjunction with the RAAF anniversary celebrations and published shortly
afterwards in one Service and one national media outlet (normally Air Force
News and The Australian).
It is a condition of entry in
the RAAF Heritage Awards that all Award recipients in the Art and Literature
categories agree to grant the Commonwealth of Australia (RAAF) a non-exclusive
royalty-free license to exhibit, copy, photograph, transmit, store and
reproduce by any means the winning or successful entries, with appropriate
attribution. Moral rights always remain with the creator of the work.
The RAAF acquires the option to
make first use of the outcome of the project supported under the Heritage
The winning entries (both first
and second prize) in the Art category will be retained by the RAAF and utilised
at the Service’s discretion. The first and second prize winning Literature entries
will normally be published and marketed as part of the RAAF Heritage Series,
but consideration may be given to seeking a commercial publisher where
appropriate; conversely, it may be decided to publish only electronically, or
not at all. In addition, if an author concurs, copies may be made of literary
entries which are not awarded a prize but judged to be of heritage value. Such
copies will be bound and retained in the Air Power Development Centre, RAAF Museum
and Australian Defence Force Academy Library.
Application for Entry
Applications for entry in the
Art and Literature categories of the Heritage Awards must be made on the
official Entry Form downloaded here or is available on
request by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Entrants are
responsible for obtaining and maintaining their own insurance cover. While the
RAAF will exercise all reasonable care with Heritage Award entries, it will not
be responsible for any loss or damage. If an entrant indicates a requirement
for the return by mail of an unsuccessful entry, it normally will be sent by
ordinary mail to the address given on the Entry Form.