Photo Contest: Why Afghanistan Matters

Spring is here, and apparently photo contests are in the air. ‘Tis true!

With two days left of the Converse Military Boots for Life Contest, many are scurrying to show off their oldest pair of boots. Despite similarities, the photo above isn’t a contest entry for boots for life, but for another picture-based giveaway.

Taken by Senior Airman Kenny Holston of the U.S. Air Force, it shows an Afghan National Army soldier in an attention formation in southern Afghanistan. According to the photo caption, this soldier has worn the same pair of boots for five years while serving for the Afghan National Army.

The photo contest “Why Afghanistan Matters” seeks original photos of the country at war. Sponsored by the Joint Forces Command Burnssum in the Netherlands, it is determining the winners by four categories including beautiful Afghanistan, ANSF in action, people of Afghanistan and JSAF in Action.

Previously, the group held a YouTube contest where entrants made a short video explaining why Afghanistan matters. These contests are used to “promote transparency by empowering those who have seen the situation in Afghanistan first-hand to explain why the work we are collectively doing there is so important.”

What do the winners of the photo contest receive? The grand prize is a Nikon D90 SLR with Nikon 18-200mm lens (a $1,500 value!). Four runners-up will each take home a digital compact camera worth $350.

The only downside is that this contest ends today! So, if you happen to have amazing, high-resolution photos in Afghanistan, e-mail it to afghanistanmatters [at] gmail [dot] com immediately. Be sure to include contact information and a short caption describing the photo.

Haven’t been to Afghanistan lately? No worries. You can journey through its rugged terrain by viewing and voting on more than 300 contest photos. You get to help pick the winner, so be sure to vote for only the best. Voting ends April 30.

(Image via Why Afghanistan Matters)

One Comment on “Photo Contest: Why Afghanistan Matters

  1. Thanks so much for mentioning our contest! The last few days have been crazy – we are now over 400 entries! Love the boots tie-in….

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