2015 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, Stories, 2nd prize

Blue Sky Days

Photographer

Tomas van Houtryve

VII for Harper's Magazine

16 December, 2013

Students in a courtyard in El Dorado County, California, viewed from a drone.

In 2006, a drone strike on a religious school in the village of Chenegai, Pakistan, reportedly killed up to 69 children.

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 ...

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/2500
Focal length
18.3 mm
F-Stop
3.5
ISO
125
Camera
GR

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