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When Sgt. Thomas James Brennan learned that a Reuters photographer would be embedded with his Marine squad, he went on the defensive. Less than a day later, his mind was changed under fire.

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The buildup of forces in Afghanistan is complete, with the number of US troops there the highest yet. The surge is part of President Obama’s campaign to take the battle to the Taliban strongholds in the south and east, while accelerating training of Afghan security forces. In February, suicide attacks by militants increased, and villagers and Afghan officials accused NATO of killing a large number of civilians in airstrikes. The images in this month's post show Afghans and NATO-led soldiers working and living through moments of sheer terror and numbing poverty. Through the strife, we see glimpses of the enduring human spirit. --Leanne Burden Seidel (39 photos total)
An Afghan army recruit marches during a graduation parade after an oath ceremony at Ghazi military training center in Kabul Feb. 3. Strengthening the abilities of Afghan forces to secure their country has been a top goal of US policy. (Ahmad Masood/Reuters)

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PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR: David Bebber / The Times
The Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi stands behind protective glass during a military parade in Green Square, Tripoli held to celebrate his forty years as head of state. 1st September 2009.

Awards - The Press Photographer’s Year 2010 (UK) Winners

Features and Essays – NYT: A Year At War (NYT: June 2010) “Some 30,000 American soldiers are taking part in the Afghanistan surge. Here are the stories of the men and women of First Battalion, 87th Infantry of the 10th Mountain Division. Over the next year, The New York Times will follow their journey”

Features and Essays – Carl de Keyzer: A Postcard from Congo (New Yorker Photo Booth: June 2010)

Features and Essays – Boston Globe: Afghanistan June 2010 (Boston Globe: June 2010)

Looks like Ed Ou shot some video too….

Features and Essays – Ed Ou: Child Soldiers (video) (NYT: June 2010) Somalia

Features and Essays – Steve Labadessa: Profiles of ‘Open Carry’ Gun-Law Advocates (TIME: June 2010)

Photographers – Steve Labadessa : website

Happy birthday DRC!

Features and Essays – Stephan Vanfleteren: The DR Congo at 50 (BBC: June 2010)

InterviewsRon Haviv (Starved for Attention blog: June 2010)

TwitterRon Haviv

BlogsPublisher swipes Alec Soth’s concept for a book cover (Little Brown Mushroom: June 2010)

Major Panasonic PR fail?

ArticlesPanasonic uses Canon to shoot its ad (BJP: June 2010) Same from PDN | The making of the Panasonic Lumix G2 TV advertisement (YouTube)

Articles – Telegraph: Beauty of the broken (Telegraph: June 2010) Ruins of Detroit and A Landscape of Wales are two new photographic books which capture the terrible poetry of urban decay.

Articles - ImageRights adds free visual search, plans compensation recovery program (Rob Galbraith DPI: June 2010) ImageRights website

Blogs – Guardian Eyewitness: The poor and the dead (Guardian: June 2010) Philippines

ServicesCathy Robert (UK) : They supply portfolios

ServicesPlastic Sandwich (UK) : They supply portfolios

Agencies and CollectivesParallelozero will select portfolios for its Nominees Photographers new branch : The selected photojournalists will obtain a one-year contract with Parallelozero. During this period, they will be fully syndicated by our agency and its partner agencies worldwide. After 12 months, Parallelozero will reserve the right to admit the candidates in its roster of official photographers.  You can submit your candidature for the Nominees Photographers branch by writing to Attach portfolio, bio, website URL, publications and ongoing projets (if any).

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