As the old adage goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. And when you’re dealing with imagery as beautiful and powerful as military heroes, photos like that are probably worth way more than a thousand.
Every year a panel of judges at the Defense Information School in Fort Meade, Maryland, sifts through hundreds of military snapshots to choose which lucky submissions will receive Military Photographer of Year awards. As expected the judges always find a lot of inspiring and striking photography.
Beyond the first, second, and third place all-around winners, last year’s winning submissions were divided into many different categories of photography: news, combat documentation (both operational and training), portrait/personality, sports, picture story, pictorial, illustrative photography, and feature. If you haven’t checked out the gallery of 2014’s Military Photographer of the Year winners, don’t waste another moment! Check out the photos right here.
And if you’re a budding photographer yourself, get involved. You can find out more about the annual contest and see even more winning photography by visiting the Dinfos Award page.