The Beautiful Winning Photos Of The Military Visual Awards For 2019

The Military Visual Awards has announced its winning photographs for 2019, honoring the best military photos captured worldwide over the past year. This was the first year the competition wasn’t limited to the United States — photographers and videographers from across the globe could submit entries, and over 2,000 photos and videos were sent in.

The top prize of 2019 MVA Photographer of the Year was awarded to photographer Chris Hibben, who is part of the Air Force’s 4th Combat Camera Squadron.

The Beautiful Winning Photos Of The Military Visual Awards For 2019
A U.S. Soldier with 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, Scout Platoon, Texas Army National Guard, tasked to the Fly Away Security Team (FAST), stands watch while Airmen offload cargo and passengers from a C-130 Hercules with the 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron (75th EAS), Dec. 20, 2018, in East Africa.

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The Beautiful Winning Photos Of The Military Visual Awards For 2019
The 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron supports Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) with medical evacuations, disaster relief, humanitarian and airdrop operations.

The Beautiful Winning Photos Of The Military Visual Awards For 2019
U.S. Air Force pararescuemen assigned to the 48th Rescue Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., conduct exercise scenarios during Razor’s Edge, a two-week long pre-deployment exercise, at Parker, Ariz., December 9, 2019.

The Beautiful Winning Photos Of The Military Visual Awards For 2019
U.S. Air Force pararescuemen assigned to the 48th Rescue Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., conduct exercise scenarios during Razor’s Edge, a two-week long pre-deployment exercise, at Parker, Ariz., December 9, 2019.

The Beautiful Winning Photos Of The Military Visual Awards For 2019
U.S. Soldiers assigned to the East Africa Response Force (EARF), deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, conduct a meeting at a cooperative security location in Libreville, Gabon, Jan. 4, 2019.

The Beautiful Winning Photos Of The Military Visual Awards For 2019
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brandon King, a loadmaster assigned to the 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron (75th EAS), deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), performs a walk around check on a C-130J Hercules, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, April 29, 2018.

The Beautiful Winning Photos Of The Military Visual Awards For 2019
U.S. Air Force pararescuemen assigned to the 48th Rescue Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., conduct exercise scenarios during Razor’s Edge, a two-week long pre-deployment exercise, at Parker, Ariz., December 9, 2019.

The Beautiful Winning Photos Of The Military Visual Awards For 2019
A U.S. military member looks down the ramp of a C-130J Hercules before participating in a High Altitude Low Open (HALO) parachute jump near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, April 20, 2019.

Here are a selection of winning photos from the 12 individual categories:

Combat Documentation Operational

The Beautiful Winning Photos Of The Military Visual Awards For 2019
1st: Hille Hillinga. Dutch operator of the Korps commando troops is scanning the environment together with his dog in Afghanistan.

The Beautiful Winning Photos Of The Military Visual Awards For 2019
2nd: Corban Lundborg. U.S. Army Spc. Chad Dreibelbis, assigned to the East Africa Response Force (EARF), deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, sings the 101st Airborne Division song during a mission readiness drill in Libreville, Gabon, Jan. 17, 2019.

The Beautiful Winning Photos Of The Military Visual Awards For 2019
3rd: Corban Lundborg. A U.S. Air Force special missions aviator assigned to the 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), rides in an HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter during range training conducted in East Africa, Feb. 9, 2019. CJTF-HOA is a multinational effort to conduct security cooperation, combat violent extremism and enable freedom of movement within East Africa in order to defend U.S. interests and support aligned regional efforts.

Combat Documentation Training

The Beautiful Winning Photos Of The Military Visual Awards For 2019
1st: Rachel Young

News

The Beautiful Winning Photos Of The Military Visual Awards For 2019
1st: Dominique A. Pineiro. President Donald Trump greets Army Captain Luis Avila during a welcome ceremony in honor of new Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Army General Mark Milley at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Sept. 30, 2019.

The Beautiful Winning Photos Of The Military Visual Awards For 2019
2nd: Dominique A. Pineiro

Feature

The Beautiful Winning Photos Of The Military Visual Awards For 2019
1st: Chris Williamson. Senior Chief Logistics Specialist Travis Menzie attempts to hide his face as he becomes emotional during his retirement ceremony at Navy Recruiting District St. Louis headquarters, Feb. 8, 2019.

The Beautiful Winning Photos Of The Military Visual Awards For 2019
2nd: Ryan Hageali. U.S. Marine Corps Recruits with Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, and Bravo Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, conduct their initial swim qualification at the combat training pool on Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., June 4, 2019. After demonstrations, recruits are tested on their ability to jump into deep waters, shed proper equipment, and tread water in full utilities.

Pictorial

The Beautiful Winning Photos Of The Military Visual Awards For 2019
1st: Josheph Swafford. A U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey from the 20th Special Operations Squadron, Cannon Air Force base, New Mexico, is aerial refuled by a KC-10 Extender from the 6th Air Refueling Squadron, Travis AFB, California, during an aerial refueling training mission in the air over New Mexico, March 11, 2019.

Portrait

The Beautiful Winning Photos Of The Military Visual Awards For 2019
1st: Josheph Wyman

Sports

The Beautiful Winning Photos Of The Military Visual Awards For 2019
1st: Bobby Yarbrough

Illustrative

The Beautiful Winning Photos Of The Military Visual Awards For 2019
1st: Rebecca Brown. Soldier holds poppy for Remembrance. Photographer: CPL REBECCA BROWN / MoD Crown Copyright

Picture Story

The Beautiful Winning Photos Of The Military Visual Awards For 2019
1st: Joe Harwood. Col. Todd Thomas, 179th Airlift Wing commander, names Ayden Houston an honorary “Pilot for a Day” as part of a special event, Sept. 15, 2019, at the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio. The 164th Airlift Squadron collaborated with “A Special Wish Foundation” of Cleveland, Ohio, to provide Ayden with this unique experience he could share with his family who have been battling a variety of health issues with Ayden since birth.

The Beautiful Winning Photos Of The Military Visual Awards For 2019
Ayden Houston walks with aircrew to the flight line after being named an honorary “Pilot for a Day” as part of a special event, Sept. 15, 2019, at the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio.

The Beautiful Winning Photos Of The Military Visual Awards For 2019
Staff Sgt. Cameron Dodge, loadmaster, shows Ayden Houston her loadmaster duties while getting a tour of the C-130H Hercules after being named an honorary “Pilot for a Day” as part of a special event, Sept. 15, 2019, at the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio.

The Beautiful Winning Photos Of The Military Visual Awards For 2019
Ayden Houston and his mother fly a C-130 flight simulator, the Multi-Mission Crew Trainer, after Ayden was named an honorary “Pilot for a Day” as part of a special event, Sept. 15, 2019, at the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio.

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