November Salute 2021

Submissions for November Salute 2021 are being accepted from September 15 through October 20, 2021 at 5pm EST. 

The November Salute is an annual program of America250, one of the ways we are sharing America’s stories and honoring those who have served our country in uniform. This year, we are inviting the public to submit photos and stories celebrating U.S. military veterans, active duty service members, reservists, and guard members from September 15 through October 20, 2021 at 5pm EST. Combined with the over 700 photos collected as part of the America250 November Salute 2020 initiative, these images will be used to create a photo mosaic installation for Veterans Day 2021. In addition to the art installation, the photo mosaic will also be available for viewing through an interactive online gallery, where you can explore and find out more about the people and stories represented.

Stay tuned for an announcement of the site where the mosaic will be installed, and join us again in November when we reveal the larger mosaic image.

Share November Salute submissions using the following form and guidelines:

  • Use the form to upload your photos and share your stories (the “Submission”).
  • Please frame the photo clearly with head and shoulders.
  • Please do not take part if you are under 18.
  • All Submissions will be checked and moderated to ensure that they are appropriate. You will be notified by email if your photo has been approved. If approved, your submission will become part of the mosaic and interactive gallery.
  • Please make sure you own all aspects of the Submission or have asked permission to submit it and that you have permission from all person(s) featured in the Submission.
  • Please refer to the FAQ section below for more information.
  • If you have any questions please contact us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Submitting Your Photo

Q: What size should the photo be?
A: The minimum file size is 500KB and maximum file size is 30MB.

Q: What format should the photo be?
A: The accepted file formats are PNG, JPG, and JPEG.

Q: Is there a word count for the story?
A: Yes, please keep the text to no more than 240 characters.

Q: How many photos can be submitted?
A: Submit only one image per individual. You can submit multiple images if each one is of a different person. 

Q: Can group photos be submitted?
A: Only if permission has been granted from each individual in the photo.

Q: Will you edit my photo?
A: In some cases, we will crop or otherwise edit the photo to meet the needs and requirements of the artwork.

What can be in the photo?

Q: Does the person featured in the photo have to be in uniform?
A: They may be in uniform or civilian attire. If you are in uniform, please ensure you are adhering to uniform regulations.

Q: Can photos with weapons, tanks, and/or ammunition be submitted?
A: We respectfully ask that photos containing weaponry, tanks, ammunition, and other items of this kind are not submitted.

Q: Can photos with children or minors (18 years and under) be submitted?
A: No. Photos with children or minors in them will not be accepted.

Q: Is there anything else I should avoid?
A: Yes. Please do not include anything that could be considered a product endorsement. Also, do not share anything that would violate operational security (OPSEC), including classified material, locations, or activities.


Q: Can information be edited once submitted?
A: No. Once you have submitted, we are not able to edit the text. Please be sure to review your submission carefully before submitting. If you need to change your information, you must withdraw your submission and resubmit. 

Q: What happens if I get an error message?
A: Please confirm that your photo meets the size and format requirements and that all the required fields are filled out.

Creation of the mosaic will be handled by The People’s Picture, a female-led photography and design studio based in the U.S. and United Kingdom. They create photo mosaic artworks and installations at the leading edge of design and technology. Their mission is to use digital storytelling to bring communities together to create, celebrate, and own their unique legacy.