A Marine stands watch during a cold weather training event in Setermoen, Norway, Nov. 12, 2020, in preparation for Reindeer II, a bilateral exercise hosted by the Norwegian military to increase support capabilities between NATO allies in extreme conditions. (Marine Corps photo / Cpl. William Chockey).
All the challenges of 2020 couldn’t stop military photographers from snapping some truly excellent shots for our viewing pleasure. This week, the Department of Defense released a list of its 85 best photos of the year, and I sampled what I thought were the 13 best among them.
They were hard choices, and I’m no photography expert, but I went with photos that I thought used excellent composition to tell compelling stories. But sometimes I went with ones that just looked really pretty (or badass). Enjoy!
2. “Northern Lights”
3. “Greenland Grace”
4. “Mountain Hornet”
6. “Dolphin Escort”
7. “Blue Wall”
8. “Boarding the Mercy”
9. “Salute Spectacular”
10. “Teeth Technique”
11. “Fire Shelter”
12. “Unflappable Feco”
13. “Goodbye Wave”
If you want to see the DoD’s entire list of photos, here is a link.
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