2015 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, 2nd prize

Blue Sky Days


Tomas van Houtryve

VII for Harper's Magazine

10 November, 2013

US Marines in Philadelphia prepare for a wreath-laying ceremony in observance of Veterans Day.

In June 2009, a US drone strike reportedly killed between 60 and 80 people who were attending the funerals of victims of earlier drone strikes, in South Waziristan, Pakistan.

Since 2002, the US has used unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) to collect intelligence and carry out airstrikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. The aircraft are guided via satellite by distant operators. The attacks have resulted in a large number of fatalities, including hundreds of civilians.

About the photographer

Tomas van Houtryve

Initially a student in philosophy, Tomas van Houtryve developed a passion for photography while enrolled in an overseas university program in Nepal. Immediately after graduation ...

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