Photos of the Year: 2011 Winners: Photographer of the Year: 2011_pro_02_26

POY, Runner UpAndrew Craft, Fayetteville Observer Camp Mackall, N.C. - MAY 12, 2011: Team two lines up and prepares to go out on the final test at 4 a.m. during the Cultural Support Assessment and Selection program at Camp Mackall, N.C. The Cultural Support Assessment and Selection program for female soldiers is five days of physical, mental, and intellectual evaluations designed to determine a candidate's ability to maintain her composure, apply logic, communicate clearly, and solve problems in demanding environments. While Department of Defense and military department policies still restrict women from serving in combat units, the soldiers selected from this group will serve alongside the Army’s most elite units on the battlefield. The Army has never selected women to do a mission because of their sex, until now. They were being considered for elite, all-female teams trained to build relationships with Afghan women.

POY, Runner Up 

Andrew Craft, Fayetteville Observer  

Camp Mackall, N.C. - MAY 12, 2011: Team two lines up and prepares to go out on the final test at 4 a.m. during the Cultural Support Assessment and Selection program at Camp Mackall, N.C. The Cultural Support Assessment and Selection program for female soldiers is five days of physical, mental, and intellectual evaluations designed to determine a candidate's ability to maintain her composure, apply logic, communicate clearly, and solve problems in demanding environments. While Department of Defense and military department policies still restrict women from serving in combat units, the soldiers selected from this group will serve alongside the Army’s most elite units on the battlefield. The Army has never selected women to do a mission because of their sex, until now. They were being considered for elite, all-female teams trained to build relationships with Afghan women.