Taliban Ambush



This photograph was taken by Sergeant Rupert Frere, who was 16 Air Assault Brigade's photographer in Afghanistan, and it was judged the best operational image in that year's Army Photographic Competition.

It was taken near Checkpoint Shingul in the Nad 'Ali area of Helmand Province in September 2010 and it shows Ranger Mawhinney of B Company the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment returning fire with a General Purpose Machine Gun after a patrol had been ambushed by the Taliban.