2008 Photo Contest, General News, 2nd prize

Tim Hetherington

Vanity Fair

01 January, 2007

September - October 2007: Soldiers of Battle Company of the Second Battalion of the US 503rd Infantry Regiment run to a sniper position for a counter attack after being overrun by militants during a combat operation above the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan. Nearly three-quarters of all bombs dropped by NATO forces in Afghanistan are dropped on and around the Korengal Valley. Yet much of the fighting is on foot, and ground gained is measured in yards, single hilltops, small patches of forest.

About the photographer

Tim Hetherington

Tim Hetherington (Liverpool, UK, 1970 - Misrata, Libya, 2011) studied literature at Oxford University and after traveling independently in China, India and Pakistan, initially wo...

Technical information

Canon EOS 5D

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