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The Winning Photos of the Military Visual Awards for 2018


The Military Visual Awards (MVA) has selected the winning photos its photo contest celebrating the best of worldwide military photography. Photographer of the Year was awarded to photographer Michel Sauret.

Photographer Michel Sauret. Photo by Military Visual Awards.

Sauret is a US Army Reserve Master Sergeant and an Iraq war veteran of 16 years. He received the top prize for his photos showing life in the Army. Here’s a selection of his work:

Sgt. Brooke Grether, a U.S. Army Reserve military police Soldier and gunnery crew truck commander with the 603rd MP Company, out of Belton, Missouri, poses for a potrait after finishing a gunnery lane at Fort Riley, Kansas, May 18, 2018.
A U.S. Army Reserve military police Soldier with the 346th MP Company fires an M240B Machine Gun mounted on a Humvee turret during a night fire qualification at Fort Riley, Kansas, May 17, 2018.
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers with the 200th Military Police Command, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, fly home May 6, 2018, after completing a 17-day annual training exercise at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Sgt. Robert Crawford watches his daughter, Ella, joke around after coming home from a long battle assembly weekend with the U.S. Army Reserve, in Curtis Bay, Maryland, Nov. 4, 2018.
Pfc. Alexis Jones, a U.S. Army Reserve horizontal construction engineer with the 160th Military Police Battalion, headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida, from Winter Garden, Florida, provides security while fellow Soldiers carry a casualty to a collection point during a training lane at the 200th Military Police Command’s Best Warrior Competition held at Fort Hunter Liggett, California, April 18, 2018.
Heather Sauret, an Army spouse, breathes through the pain as a nurse and midwife stitch her up after giving birth to her fourth son, Zephan Blaze, at the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Maryland, Oct. 12, 2018.

The winning photos were selected from nearly 1,500 photos this year by a panel of world-renown photographers, including Joe McNally, FOX News photo editor Gary Hershorn, 7-time Military Photographer of the Year Jeremy Lock, and film set photographer Eros Hoagland.

Here are the top photos selected this year in the contest’s major categories:

Combat Documentation Training

1st Place: Cory Hook. Coalition Forces fire a mortar during training in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in Syria, July 23, 2018.

Combat Documentation Operational

1st Place: Gregory Brook. U.S. Air Force pararescuemen, assigned to the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, work with members of U.S. Army Task Force Brawler, flying the CH-47F Chinook, during exfiltration after the completion of a training exercise at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, March 14, 2018.


1st Place: Larry Reid Jr. U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 10th Mountain Division, rest after completing the foot march assessment of the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge testing at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Aug. 16, 2018.


1st Place: Larry Reid Jr. A U.S. Army Soldier assigned to the 10th Mountain Division and part of the East Africa Response Force, maneuvers on the range during team live fire training in Djibouti, July 17, 2018.


1st Place: Andrew Lee. U.S. service members with the Joint Forces Honor Guard carry the casket of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush to a funeral car during a departure ceremony at Union Pacific Westfield Auto Facility, Spring, Texas, Dec. 6, 2018.


1st Place: Corban Lundborg. Airman 1st Class Haley Phillips, combat photojournalist, 1st Combat Camera Squadron, Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, pauses during a training scenario Feb. 14, 2018, at McCrady Training Center, Eastover, South Carolina, during Scorpion Lens, an annual Ability to Survive and Operate training exercise mandated by Air Force Combat Camera job qualification standards.


1st Place: Ignacio Perez. Former Special Operator 1st Class Mitch Aguiar strikes his opponent Brandon Pennington during his first professional Mixed Martial Art match, Jan. 28, 2018, at the Ted Constant Center in Norfolk, Va.


1st Place: Valerie Seelye. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgts. Jacob LaFlamme, 701st Munitions Support Squadron Custody Forces flight sergeant, left, and Zachary LaFlamme, 702nd MUNSS Custody Forces flight sergeant, right, are identical twins assigned to 52nd Fighter Wing geographically separated units. The brothers live two-and-a-half hours apart and hold the same job and certifications.

You can find the full gallery of top photos on the Military Visual Awards website.