Picture Editors see thousands of photos every day - photographers in the field face stiff competition to get their images in our newspapers and on our screens.

The UK Picture Editors' Guild Awards 2012 have recognised the wealth of talent in British press photography, revealing their winners at a gala presentation ceremony in London on Thursday, including guest speaker Boris Johnson.

The Huffington Post UK's Group Picture Editor Elliot Wagland was one of the judges at the prestigious event, joining peers from The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Independent on Sunday amongst others.

Elliot said: "Every photographer that entered this year should feel incredibly proud of their work … there is a wealth of talent making its way up the ranks in a highly competitive and talented industry."

Guild Chairman, Alan Sparrow, added: “We introduced a number of categories this year to cater for the exceptional interest surrounding the Olympics. It was a period that proved the dominance of the still image when it comes to capturing a memory that lasts long after the event."

Overall winner, Jason Howe, 41, specialises in covering conflicts for newspapers and magazines. On assignment in Afghanistan, the photographer was with a detachment of troops helicoptered into Taliban territory, when a soldier lost both legs in an explosion. Jason's powerful photos won him the SABMiller Photographer of the Year title and the Photo Essay Award.

See the extraordinary winning pictures from the UK Picture Editors' Guild Awards 2012 below, with a full collection in a slideshow at the bottom of the article.


UK GUILD OF PICTURE EDITORS' PHOTO ESSAY
Mr Jason Howe

Jason is a freelance photographer who has spent 10 years specialising in conflict coverage, documenting wars in Latin America, the Middle East and Central and South-East Asia.

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At first light on Armistice Day 2011 British troops are dropped by helicopter deep inside Taliban country in southern Afghanistan. Within an hour one soldier would lose both his legs to an IED and his fellow soldiers would have to carry him to safety under fire from insurgent sharpshooters.


NIKON SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
Mr John Sibley (Action Images)

John has worked as a staffer with Action Images since 1991. The Enfield, North London-based photographer mainly specialises in football and has now covered five European Championships and four World Cup finals.

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Bolton Wanderers' Darren Pratley reacts as Bolton Wanderers' Fabrice Muamba receives treatment.


GETTY IMAGES ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
Mr Max Mumby

Max is a freelance photographer who said he would be 'amazed' if he wins. "I'm 36,a working freelancer since 1998 and specialise (in the loosest of words!) in the Royal Family", says the Surrey-based photographer.

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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (in his role as Colonel of the Welsh Guards) shoots a paintball gun after presenting leeks to mark St David's Day to the 1st Battalion The Welsh Guards at Cavalry Barracks.


CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
Mr Jon Enoch (Jon Enoch)

Jon is a London-based portrait photographer who mainly works for The Times. He started his career at local newspapers before moving to London.

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Derren Victor Brown photographed by Jon Enoch for The Times.


BLOOMBERG BUSINESS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
Mr Jason Alden (Bloomberg News)

Jason is a freelance photographer. The Londoner studied photojournalism at Norton College, Sheffield. He began freelancing in 2007 and now works for Bloomberg News and The Independent on Sunday.

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Rebekah Brooks, former head of News Corp's UK publishing unit News International, leaves after appearing at Southwark Crown Court in London, on Friday, 22 June 2012.


ETIHAD/NEWSCAST YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER BURSARY
Mr Brad Wakefield (South West News Service)

Brad worked for South West News Service from 2008. In June this year the 27-year-old moved to Manchester to work as a freelancer for The Sun.

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The winter sun rises over Glatonbury Tor in Somerset, 15 September 2011.


OPENTEXT NEWS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
Mr Dan Kitwood (Getty Images)

Dan works for Getty Images and hoped to take the top spot this year. "I would be very happy indeed to be recognised for my hard work and commitment," he said, "I came close last year."

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The London riots: a large fire breaks out in shops and residential properties in Croydon on 9 August 9 2011 in London.


PHOTOBOX REGIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
Mr Charles McQuillan (Pacemaker Press International)

Charles is a photographer with Belfast-based picture agency Pacemaker. He is the current Northern Ireland photographer of the year and also the holder of the Press Photographer's Year picture of the year award.

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Angela McClements from Ballymena, County Antrim makes a graceful entrance at the traditional New Years day swim at Carnlough Harbour, County Antrim as dozens of brave souls took to the less than welcoming waters off the Irish coast.


Flick through the full collection of winner's images below - best viewed in full screens:

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  • OPENTEXT NEWS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Mr Dan Kitwood (Getty Images)

    Rebekah Brooks, former Chief Executive of News International, leaves Southwark Crown Court in London, on June 22, 2012. Mrs Brooks, the former News International Chief Executive, is charged with conspiring to pervert the course of justice in connection with the police investigation into phone hacking at The News of The World newspaper. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • OPENTEXT NEWS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Mr Dan Kitwood (Getty Images)

    A large fire breaks out in shops and residential properties in Croydon on August 9, 2011 in London, England. Sporadic looting and clashes with police continue for a third day in parts of the capital after the killing of the 29-year-old father of four Mark Duggan by armed police in an attempted arrest on August 4. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • OPENTEXT NEWS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Mr Dan Kitwood (Getty Images)

    English Toy Terriers are silhouetted against the floor on Day one of Crufts at the Birmingham NEC Arena on March 8, 2012 in Birmingham, England. During the annual four-day competition nearly 22,000 dogs and their owners will compete for a variety of accolades, ultimately seeking the coveted title of 'Best In Show'. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • OPENTEXT NEWS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Mr Dan Kitwood (Getty Images)

    Revellers line the route during the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant on June 3, 2012 in London, England. For only the second time in its history the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • OPENTEXT NEWS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Mr Dan Kitwood (Getty Images)

    Doreen Lawrence, the mother of murdered student Stephen Lawrence,speaks to the press outside the Old Bailey on January 3, 2012 in London, England. Stephen Lawrence, a black A-level student, was stabbed to death at a bus stop by a gang of white youths in a racially motivated attack in Eltham, south-east London, on April 22, 1993. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • ETIHAD/NEWSCAST YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER BURSARY - Mr Brad Wakefield (South West News Service)

    The winter sun rises over Glatonbury Tor in Somerset, 15th September 2011. (Credit: Brad Wakefield/SWNS)

  • ETIHAD/NEWSCAST YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER BURSARY - Mr Brad Wakefield (South West News Service)

    Members of the Clevedon open water swimming club take a dip in the rough seas today in Somerset on 12th September 2011. (Credit: Brad Wakefield)

  • ETIHAD/NEWSCAST YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER BURSARY - Mr Brad Wakefield (South West News Service)

    His holiness the Dalai Lama speaks to members of the press at The Lowry hotel in Manchester on 15th June 2012. , as part of his tour of the UK, talking to young people. (Credit: Mr Brad Wakefield, South West News Service)

  • ETIHAD/NEWSCAST YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER BURSARY - Mr Brad Wakefield (South West News Service)

    Chris Martin, lead singer of the british band Coldplay performs in front of 55,000 people at the Etihed stadium in Manchester, on 9th June 2012. (Credit: Mr Brad Wakefield, South West News Service)

  • ETIHAD/NEWSCAST YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER BURSARY - Mr Brad Wakefield (South West News Service)

    Melbourne Rebels Rugby star Danny Cipriani at a press conference in Bath. Cipriani is making his comeback to English rugby playing for the Sale Sharks. August 11th 2011. (Credit: Mr Brad Wakefield, South West News Service )

  • NIKON SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Mr John Sibley (Action Images)

    Bolton Wanderers' Darren Pratley reacts as Bolton Wanderers' Fabrice Muamba receives treatment. (Credit: Action Images / John Sibley)

  • NIKON SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Mr John Sibley (Action Images)

    Mario Balotelli of Italy is dejected after losing the UEFA EURO 2012 Final match between Spain and Italy at the NSK Olimpiejsky Stadium on July 01, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Credit: Mr John Sibley (Action Images) )

  • NIKON SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Mr John Sibley (Action Images)

    Liverpool's Pepe Reina reacts after QPR's 2nd goal. (Credit: Action Images / John Sibley)

  • NIKON SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Mr John Sibley (Action Images)

    Footballer Ricardo Vaz Te. (Credit: John Sibley (Action Images) )

  • NIKON SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Mr John Sibley (Action Images)

    Players' children play in the confetti with Fernando Torres. (Credit: John Sibley (Action Images) )

  • CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Mr Jon Enoch (Jon Enoch)

    Derren Victor Brown (born 27 February 1971) is a British illusionist, mentalist, painter, writer and sceptic. He is known for his appearances in television specials, stage productions and British television series such as Trick of the Mind and Trick or Treat. (Credit: Jon Enoch for The Times.)

  • CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Mr Jon Enoch (Jon Enoch)

    Jessica Ennis, MBE (born 28 January 1986 in Sheffield) is an English track and field athlete specialising in multi-eventing disciplines and 100m hurdles (pictured here at Don Valley stadium Sheffield). A member of the City of Sheffield Athletic Club, she is the current European and former World heptathlon champion and is the former world indoor pentathlon champion. (Credit: Jon Enoch)

  • CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Mr Jon Enoch (Jon Enoch)

    Paul John Gascoigne pictured in London 13th of October 2011 - commonly referred to as Gazza, is a retired English professional footballer. (Credit: Jon Enoch)

  • CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Mr Jon Enoch (Jon Enoch)

    Pete Townshend (born 19 May 1945) is an English rock guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and author, known principally as the guitarist and songwriter for the rock group The Who, as well as for his own solo career. His career with The Who spans more than forty years, during which time the band grew to be considered one of the most influential bands of the 1960s and 1970s Pictured in London 14th of October 2011. (Credit: Jon Enoch for The Times.)

  • CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Mr Jon Enoch (Jon Enoch)

    Mark Cavendish MBE (born on 21 May 1985) - picture on board a lighthouse boat on the Thames. Originally a track cyclist specialising in the madison, points race, and scratch race disciplines, he has competed on the road since 2006, rising to prominence as a sprinter. He is the 2011 Road World Champion champion. (Credit: Jon Enoch)

  • GETTY IMAGES ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Mr Max Mumby

    Sophie, Countess of Wessex cheers as she watches Queen Elizabeth II's horse 'Carlton House' run in the Prince of Wales's Stakes horse race on day 2 of Royal Ascot. (Credit: Max Mumby)

  • GETTY IMAGES ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Mr Max Mumby

    Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (in his role as Colonel of the Welsh Guards) shoots a paintball gun after presenting leeks to mark St. David's Day to the 1st Battalion The Welsh Guards at Cavalry Barracks. (Credit: Max Mumby)

  • GETTY IMAGES ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Mr Max Mumby

    Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II visit Leicester on the first date of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK. (Credit: Max Mumby)

  • GETTY IMAGES ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Mr Max Mumby

    Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Zara Phillips watch the 'Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase' horse race on day 2 of the Cheltenham Horse Racing Festival. (Credit: Max Mumby)

  • GETTY IMAGES ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Mr Max Mumby

    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony. (Credit: Max Mumby)

  • PHOTOBOX REGIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Mr Charles McQuillan (Pacemaker Press International)

    Angela McClements from Ballymena, County Antrim makes a graceful entrance at the traditional New Years day swim at Carnlough Harbour, County Antrim as dozens of brave souls took to the less than welcoming waters off the Irish coast. (Credit: Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.)

  • PHOTOBOX REGIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Mr Charles McQuillan (Pacemaker Press International)

    A nationalist youth runs for cover as police water canons spray rioters during disturbances at Ardoyne in Belfast after an Orange parade during the 12th of July annual marches. (Credit: Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.)

  • PHOTOBOX REGIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Mr Charles McQuillan (Pacemaker Press International)

    Pop star Rihanna reacts angrily during filming of her latest video at the New Lodge flats area of Belfast this afternoon as large crowds gathered via social network sites as word quickly went round about the video shoot. (Credit: Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.)

  • PHOTOBOX REGIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Mr Charles McQuillan (Pacemaker Press International)

    Lucy Mathieson models the new "Titanic Belfast Dress' by Belfast based designer, Lizzie Agnew in the historic Harland & Wolff Drawing Offices where Titanic was dreamt up and designed over a century ago. The dress will make it's red-carpet debut at the London Lifestyle Awards next week. The dresses striking lines are reflective of the iconic outline of Titanic Belfast being built overlooking the Drawing Offices which in turn mirrors the lines of the famous ship itself. (Credit: Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.)

  • PHOTOBOX REGIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Mr Charles McQuillan (Pacemaker Press International)

    Linfield keeper Ross Glendinning is helpless as Glasgow Rangers' Barry McKay's goalbound effort flies past him during this afternoons game between Linfield and Rangers at Windsor Park, Belfast. (Credit: Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.)

  • BLOOMBERG BUSINESS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Mr Jason Alden (Bloomberg News)

    Rebekah Brooks, former head of News Corp.'s U.K. publishing unit News International, leaves after appearing at Southwark Crown Court in London, U.K., on Friday, June 22, 2012. A London judge said it is premature to set a trial date for Brooks until other legal investigations are resolved and said prosecutors should indicate whether she faces additional charges by the end of next month. (Credit: Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

  • BLOOMBERG BUSINESS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Mr Jason Alden (Bloomberg News)

    A trader reacts on the floor of the London Metal Exchange (LME) in London, U.K., on Monday, May 14, 2012. The metal bourse is owned by 70 of its 92 members, including Goldman Sachs Group Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and UBS AG. (Credit: Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

  • BLOOMBERG BUSINESS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Mr Jason Alden (Bloomberg News)

    A businessman pauses to check his mobile phone outsite The Bank of England in The City of London. London, U.K. Friday, May 25, 2012. (Credit: Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

  • BLOOMBERG BUSINESS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Mr Jason Alden (Bloomberg News)

    Dieter Zetsche, chief executive officer of Daimler AG, speaks during a Business Week interview at the Daimler Mercedes Benz AG stand during the Frankfurt Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011. The international auto show is held at the Frankfurt Messe and runs from September 15-25. (Credit: Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

  • BLOOMBERG BUSINESS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Mr Jason Alden (Bloomberg News)

    The Gerkin building, London. (Credit: Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

  • UK GUILD OF PICTURE EDITORS' PHOTO ESSAY - Mr Jason Howe

    British soldiers from 1PWRR (Princess of Wales Regiment) board a CH-47 Chinook helicopter in preperation for an air assault into a contested region of Helamnd Province. The men are involved in an ongoing series of Operations called Tora Pishaw aimed at disrupting insurgent activity in their AO (Area of Operations). During the most recent 4 day operation the soldiers regularly came under fire from insurgents using small arms, belt fed machine guns and UGL's (Under Slung Grenade Launchers). The soldiers retuned fire using shallow trenches on the edges of ploughed fields or irrigation ditches as cover. Nad I Ali North, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on the 13th of November 2011. (Credit: Jason Howe)

  • UK GUILD OF PICTURE EDITORS' PHOTO ESSAY - Mr Jason Howe

    Dust and smoke rises from an IED explosion just inside the doorway of a compound . A soldier from 3 SCOTS (The Black Watch) Private Stephen Bainbridge, aged 25, from Kirkcaldy was gravely wounded in the blast which traumatically amputated his right leg and damaged his right so badly that it too later had to be amputated. His life was saved by the swift actions of Cpl John Goodie (21) a medic with 1 PWRR (The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment) who applied tourniquets and first field dressings to get the bleeding under control. Private Chis Watson (21) also assisted in the treatment whilst reassuring the casualty and keeping him alert and responsive. Once he had been stabilized the men CASEVAC'd Private Bainbridge to the MERT helicopter and he was rushed to Bastion Field Hospital. Loya Manda, Nad e Ali, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on the 11th of November 2011.(Credit: Jason Howe)

  • UK GUILD OF PICTURE EDITORS' PHOTO ESSAY - Mr Jason Howe

    A CH-47 Chinook helicopter deploys chaff to counter any heat seaking ground fire as it prepares to deploy troops as part of Operation Tora Pishaw 5 in Nad e Ali North, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on the 11th of November 2011. (Credit: Jason Howe)

  • UK GUILD OF PICTURE EDITORS' PHOTO ESSAY - Mr Jason Howe

    British soldiers from 1 PWRR (Princess of Wales Regiment) and from the Black Watch deploy from the back of a CH-47 Chinook near to Loya Manda, as part of Operation Tora Pishaw 5 in Nad e Ali North, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on the 11th of November 2011. (Credit: Jason Howe)

  • UK GUILD OF PICTURE EDITORS' PHOTO ESSAY - Mr Jason Howe

    Soldiers from B Coy 3 Scots joined the men of 1PWRR (Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment) in an ongoing series of Operations called Tora Pishaw aimed at disrupting insurgent activity in their AO (Area of Operations. Loya Manda, Nad e Ali North, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on the 11th of November 2011.(Credit: Jason Howe)

  • UK GUILD OF PICTURE EDITORS' PHOTO ESSAY - Mr Jason Howe

    Soldiers from B Coy 3 Scots joined the men of 1PWRR (Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment) in an ongoing series of Operations called Tora Pishaw aimed at disrupting insurgent activity in their AO (Area of Operations. Loya Manda, Nad e Ali North, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on the 11th of November 2011. (Credit: Jason Howe)

  • UK GUILD OF PICTURE EDITORS' PHOTO ESSAY - Mr Jason Howe

    A soldier from 3 SCOTS (The Black Watch) shouts into a rising cloud of dust and smoke as he searches for casualties after an IED explosion just inside the doorway of a compound . Private Stephen Bainbridge, aged 25, from Kirkcaldy was gravely wounded in the blast which traumatically amputated his right leg and damaged his right so badly that it too later had to be amputated. His life was saved by the swift actions of Cpl John Goodie (21) a medic with 1 PWRR (The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment) who applied tourniquets and first field dressings to get the bleeding under control. Private Chis Watson (21) also assisted in the treatment whilst reassuring the casualty and keeping him alert and responsive. Once he had been stabilized the men CASEVAC'd Private Bainbridge to the MERT helicopter and he was rushed to Bastion Field Hospital. Loya Manda, Nad e Ali, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on the 11th of November 2011. (Credit: Jason Howe)

  • UK GUILD OF PICTURE EDITORS' PHOTO ESSAY - Mr Jason Howe

    Private Stephen Bainbridge, aged 25, from Kirkcaldy a soldier with 3 SCOTS (The Black Watch) lays gravely wounded in a compound after an IED explosion which traumatically amputated his right leg and damaged his right so badly that it too later had to be amputated. His life was saved by the swift actions of Cpl John Goodie (21) a medic with 1 PWRR (The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment) who applied tourniquets and first field dressings to get the bleeding under control. Private Chis Watson (21) also assisted in the treatment whilst reassuring the casualty and keeping him alert and responsive. Once he had been stabilized the men CASEVAC'd Private Bainbridge to the MERT helicopter and he was rushed to Bastion Field Hospital. Loya Manda, Nad e Ali, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on the 11th of November 2011. (Credit: Jason Howe)

  • UK GUILD OF PICTURE EDITORS' PHOTO ESSAY - Mr Jason Howe

    Private Stephen Bainbridge, aged 25, from Kirkcaldy a soldier with 3 SCOTS (The Black Watch) lays gravely wounded in a compound after an IED explosion which traumatically amputated his right leg and damaged his right so badly that it too later had to be amputated. His life was saved by the swift actions of Cpl John Goodie (21) a medic with 1 PWRR (The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment) who applied tourniquets and first field dressings to get the bleeding under control. Private Chis Watson (21) also assisted in the treatment whilst reassuring the casualty and keeping him alert and responsive. Once he had been stabilized the men CASEVAC'd Private Bainbridge to the MERT helicopter and he was rushed to Bastion Field Hospital. Loya Manda, Nad e Ali, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on the 11th of November 2011. (Credit: Jason Howe)

  • UK GUILD OF PICTURE EDITORS' PHOTO ESSAY - Mr Jason Howe

    Private Stephen Bainbridge, aged 25, from Kirkcaldy a soldier with 3 SCOTS (The Black Watch) lays gravely wounded in a compound after an IED explosion which traumatically amputated his right leg and damaged his right so badly that it too later had to be amputated. His life was saved by the swift actions of Cpl John Goodie (21) a medic with 1 PWRR (The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment) who applied tourniquets and first field dressings to get the bleeding under control. Private Chis Watson (21) also assisted in the treatment whilst reassuring the casualty and keeping him alert and responsive. Once he had been stabilized the men CASEVAC'd Private Bainbridge to the MERT helicopter and he was rushed to Bastion Field Hospital. Loya Manda, Nad e Ali, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on the 11th of November 2011. (Credit: Jason Howe)

  • UK GUILD OF PICTURE EDITORS' PHOTO ESSAY - Mr Jason Howe

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  • UK GUILD OF PICTURE EDITORS' PHOTO ESSAY - Mr Jason Howe

    Soldiers of 3 SCOTS (The Black Watch) and 1 PWRR prepare a fellow soldier for an inbound MEDEVAC helicopter. Private Stephen Bainbridge, aged 25, from Kirkcaldy who was gravely wounded after an IED explosion traumatically amputated his right leg and damaged his left so badly that it too later had to be amputated. His life was saved by the swift actions of Cpl John Goodie (21) a medic with 1 PWRR (The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment) who applied tourniquets and first field dressings to get the bleeding under control. Private Chis Watson (21) also assisted in the treatment whilst reassuring the casualty and keeping him alert and responsive. Once safely on board the helicopter he was rushed to surgery at Bastion Field Hospital. Loya Manda, Nad e Ali, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on the 11th of November 2011. (Credit: Jason Howe)

  • UK GUILD OF PICTURE EDITORS' PHOTO ESSAY - Mr Jason Howe

    Soldiers from 1 PWRR (Princess of Wales Royal Regiment) are battered by the downdraft of a MEDEVAC helicopter as it comes in to pick up Pte Stephen Bainbridge, aged 25 of the Black Watch (3 SCOTS) who was severely wounded in an IED explosion in a nearby compound. He lost his right leg during the blast and his left was later amputated by surgeons. Loya Manda, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on the 11th of November 2011. (Credit: Jason Howe)

  • UK GUILD OF PICTURE EDITORS' PHOTO ESSAY - Mr Jason Howe

    Soldiers of 3 SCOTS (The Black Watch) run across an open field under fire from an insurgent sharpshooter as they CASEVAC a fellow soldier. Private Stephen Bainbridge, aged 25, from Kirkcaldy who was gravely wounded after an IED explosion traumatically amputated his right leg and damaged his left so badly that it too later had to be amputated. His life was saved by the swift actions of Cpl John Goodie (21) a medic with 1 PWRR (The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment) who applied tourniquets and first field dressings to get the bleeding under control. Private Chis Watson (21) also assisted in the treatment whilst reassuring the casualty and keeping him alert and responsive. Once safely on board the helicopter he was rushed to surgery at Bastion Field Hospital. Loya Manda, Nad e Ali, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on the 11th of November 2011. (Credit: Jason Howe)

  • UK GUILD OF PICTURE EDITORS' PHOTO ESSAY - Mr Jason Howe

    Soldiers of 3 SCOTS (The Black Watch) run across an open field under fire from an insurgent sharpshooter as they CASEVAC a fellow soldier. Private Stephen Bainbridge, aged 25, from Kirkcaldy who was gravely wounded after an IED explosion traumatically amputated his right leg and damaged his left so badly that it too later had to be amputated. His life was saved by the swift actions of Cpl John Goodie (21) a medic with 1 PWRR (The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment) who applied tourniquets and first field dressings to get the bleeding under control. Private Chis Watson (21) also assisted in the treatment whilst reassuring the casualty and keeping him alert and responsive. Once safely on board the helicopter he was rushed to surgery at Bastion Field Hospital. Loya Manda, Nad e Ali, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on the 11th of November 2011. (Credit: Jason Howe)

  • UK GUILD OF PICTURE EDITORS' PHOTO ESSAY - Mr Jason Howe

    Soldiers of 3 SCOTS (The Black Watch) and 1 PWRR return fire whilst fellow soldiers run across an open field under fire from an insurgent sharpshooter as they CASEVAC a fellow soldier. Private Stephen Bainbridge, aged 25, from Kirkcaldy who was gravely wounded after an IED explosion traumatically amputated his right leg and damaged his left so badly that it too later had to be amputated. His life was saved by the swift actions of Cpl John Goodie (21) a medic with 1 PWRR (The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment) who applied tourniquets and first field dressings to get the bleeding under control. Private Chis Watson (21) also assisted in the treatment whilst reassuring the casualty and keeping him alert and responsive. Once safely on board the helicopter he was rushed to surgery at Bastion Field Hospital. Loya Manda, Nad e Ali, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on the 11th of November 2011. (Credit: Jason Howe)