Pink Boxers - 2009
Soldiers of the U.S. Army First Battalion, 26th Infantry, take defensive positions at Firebase Restrepo after receiving fire from Taliban positions in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan’s Kunar Province on May 11, 2009. Spc. Zachary Boyd of Fort Worth, Texas, far left, was wearing ‘I Love NY’ boxer shorts after rushing from his sleeping quarters to join his fellow platoon members. At right is Spc. Cecil Montgomery of Many, La., with Jordan Custer of Spokane, Wash., center.
Awards: World Press Photos, Pictures of the Year: 2nd prize, People in the News - 2009
David Guttenfelder (b. 1969, USA) graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology, African Studies, and Journalism. He now lives in Tokyo as AP’s chief Asia photographer and is married with two young daughters.
Guttenfelder has spent all of his 18 years as a photojournalist working and living outside of his native United States. He began his career as a freelance photographer in East Africa after studying Swahili at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. As an Associated Press photographer he has been based in Kenya, Ivory Coast, India, and Japan and been on assignment in more than 50 countries.
Guttenfelder’s work has been recognized with awards from the Overseas Press Club of America and the National Headliner Awards. He has been named NPPA Photojournalist of the Year and was twice named runner-up for Pictures of the Year International’s Newspaper Photographer of the Year. He is a six-time World Press Photo award winner.