NPR’s David Gilkey, named Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA), was awarded 1st Place for Portrait, Still Photography and Picture Story International News, Still Photography in WHNPA’s 2012 Eyes of History Contest for his pictures of Marines in Afghanistan.
Gilkey’s submitted portraits were of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Regiment, during their time in the Sangin District in the Helmand River Valley in Southern Afghanistan. This area, riddled with IEDs, is known as the most dangerous areas of ISAF operations in Afghanistan.
David Gilkey is a staff photographer and video editor for NPR who covers both national and international news. He has been covering the war on terrorism since the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and was the first journalist to cross the border into Iraq while embedded with the U.S. Army.
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