2012 Military Photographer of the Year

Air Force Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock was named the 2012 Military Photographer of the Year. He has won the award seven times. Check out some of his winning photographs in the gallery below.


The Military Photographer of the Year award is part of a larger Visual Information Awards Program designed to recognize, reward, and promote excellence among military photographers, videographers, journalists and graphic artists.

The 2012 winners are all active duty and Reserve members, whose photos were created while serving across the globe.

The winning entries were selected by a panel of military and civilian personnel. The photos adhere to the same standards as photojournalism, meaning no posed or electronically-manipulated images, and were chosen from thousands of entries.

View more of the award-winning photos on the Defense Information School's website.

Listen to an interview with Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock, this year's Military Photographer of the Year, here.

This photo of Lock was taken by Andrew S. Geraci.
A truck full of Mongolian soldiers drive down the street in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia heading to their base on July 28, 2012. (Photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock)
U.S. Air Force Maj. Craig Minor sits down for a family meal with his 22-year-old son, Mitchell, in downtown Cedarville Ohio.

Mitchell was infected with cytomegalovirus, a virus that causes enlargement of epithelial cells that results in serious disorders in newborns.

Mitchell has the development of a 1-year-old and can't talk, walk, or move on his own. He communicates his pleasure at seeing his father with his eyes and smile. (Photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock)
A KC-135 flies through storm clouds on its way to refuel a C-17 Globemaster off Florida's east coast on July 12, 2012. The KC-135 was the Air Force's first jet-powered refueling tanker and replaced the KC-97 Stratotanker. (Photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock)
Maj. Johnathan Zito pulls in behind a KC-135 Stratotanker to receive fuel off Florida's east coast on July 12, 2012. Zito is a C-17 Globemaster III pilot with the 15th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, S.C.

The range of the KC-135 is 1,500 miles with 150,000 pounds of transfer fuel and can perform a ferry mission up to 11,015 miles.

This unique asset enhances the Air Force's capability to accomplish its primary mission of global reach. (Photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock)
Two young boys run around and play with toy guns in the Ger District in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on July 28, 2012. Ger districts usually occupy poor quality land on the outskirts of town. (Photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock)
Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Lock and his wife Chris comfort his mother Mary as she takes her last few breaths of life on Oct. 22, 2012, at a nursing facility in Gloversville, N.Y. Mary was 87 and placed in a nursing facility when she broke her femur over a year ago. (Photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock)
Paul Kuntne tries to dive down as he Snuba's for the first time off the coast of Roatan, Honduras on Dec. 25, 2012.

Snuba is an underwater breathing system. Instead of coming from tanks strapped to the diver's back, air comes through a long hose from tanks on pontoon rafts on the surface.

Paul retired from the Coast Guard where he served as part of the Presidential Honor Guard. (Photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock)
A helicopter prepares to drop water on a fire in Waldo Canyon at the U.S. Air Force Academy on June 27, 2012.

The fires, which burned more than 15,000 acres, began spreading to the southwestern corner of the Academy in the early morning, causing base officials to evacuate residents.

At the time this photo was taken, more than 90 firefighters from the Academy, along with assets from Air Force Space Command; F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.; Fort Carson, Colo.; and the local community were fighting the fire. (Photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock)
Vandenberg Air Force Base firefighter Chris Loung wipes sweat from his face while cutting a fire line on June 28, 2012 in the Mount Saint Francois area of Colorado Springs, Colo. Loung was helping to battle several fires in Waldo Canyon. (Photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock)
Vandenberg Air Force Base Hot Shot firefighters are called in to help support the Waldo Canyon fire in the Mount Saint Francois area of Colorado Springs, Colo.

They are a professional, highly mobile, self-contained 21-person wildland fire suppression and prescribed burn unit. They are principally trained and certified to combat wildland fires and implement a vegetation management program through the use of controlled burns.

The Vandenberg Air Force Base Hot Shot Crew is the only one of its kind in the whole Department of Defense and can operate independently or as part of a greater firefighting force. (Photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock)
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