Saturday, April 21, 2012

Combat Camera: Military Photographer of the Year winners

Today, we briefly turn our attention away from books to salute the winners of the recent Military Photographer of the Year competition.  Below, you'll find just a few of the outstanding winners from the thousands of entries in the 2011 MILPHOG (as we liked to call it when I was in the Army).  I spent my career as a photojournalist in the U.S. Army, but I never came close to the art and emotion found in these images.  All photos were taken by servicemembers and were not posed or electronically manipulated in any way.  There are more than a thousand stories in each of them.  (Click the photos to enlarge them)

U.S. Army soldiers assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, say farewell during a memorial service for six fallen soldiers at Forward Operating Base Joyce in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province on April 9. Photo by Sergeant 1st Class Mark Burrell (U.S. Army)

Red team athletes Sean M. Mckinney and Maurice Honeywood show their game faces as they pull against the blue team during the annual Manpower, Personnel, and Administration Directorate Field Meet at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on March 17. The directorate gathers each year to promote camaraderie and unit cohesion, but teams also strive to win the MP&A Field Meet Trophy.  Photo by Corporal Tyler L. Main (U.S. Marine Corps)

A local Monk receives a new prescription for glasses during a U.S. military medical outreach in Cambodia.  Photo by Tech Sgt. Aaron D. Allmon II (U.S. Air Force)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Patrick Reynolds, Security Forces squad leader attached to Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Zabul, fights raging water while holding onto a tow strap attached to an Afghan National Army (ANA) vehicle stuck in the Lurah River in Shinkai District, Afghanistan on Oct. 12. The ANA asked PRT Zabul for assistance because of the PRT's vehicle recovery capabilities and because of their great working relationship after conducting frequent joint operations in the Shinkai District.   Photo by Senior Airman Grovert Fuentes-Contreras (U.S. Air Force)

Click here to see other winners in the competition


  1. That first photo is heartbreaking. Some day we'll learn to settle things without sending our children into battle. So sad.

  2. David, i must admit being a bit overwhelmed by finding you and this post on the military photos of the year, heavy duty, and welcome home, from where ever your were in the U.S. Army; i was a 71Q20, one of the few things i still remember, in the army it was information specialist (if Navy would be journalist, during my 3 years minus a six month drop i served as a combat correspondent and photojournalist in Vietnam, still having those negatives and a few i've printed mounted and framed museum quality; i'll try to post a couple on your site
    take it easy,
    oh, i am a folk artist now in a rising band! doing lyrical poetry songs, some relating to the military

  3. Thanks, these are great.