Helmand province, southern Afghanistan. In a tiny patrol base outside of Marjah a young US Marine from 2nd Platoon 3/6 Marines, 20-year-old Lance Corporal Brandon Tucker, huddles up to his explosive detection dog Auggie to keep warm. I am a newspaper photographer. My work is focused on the everyday happenings of everyday people. My time with the coalition soldiers fighting and dying in Afghanistan was a very meaningful experience. To be literally dropped in the middle of a war zone and given the opportunity to capture those young men and women doing their jobs was a privilege. Having to adapt to the ever-changing conditions, but still remaining totally focused on the soldiers whilst trying to stay alive was a unique and rewarding experience.
Gary works and lives in Canberra, Australia. He is the chief photographer for News Limited at the National Press Gallery in Parliament House, covering federal politics. Gary has covered many conflict assignments from Somalia in 1993, though Kosovo, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. Previous awards include the News Limited Photographer of the Year and the Australian Head On national portrait “Peoples Choice Award”.
Selected by Julian Cox, Chief Curator at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.