The photographers and videographers employed by the U.S. armed forces are often some pretty talented artists. Stationed around the globe, they're tasked with producing images of all aspects of service -- from training to combat to the struggles that troops sometimes face upon returning home. The images here are some of the best of the best -- a selection of winners and honorable mentions in the 2012 Military Photographer of the Year competition, recently judged at the Defense Information School at Ft. George G. Meade, Maryland. These photos adhere to the same standards as photojournalism (meaning no posed or electronically manipulated images) and have been chosen from thousands of entries. You can see some of last year's winners here.
Above, 1st Lt. Drew Parks communicates with a Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet on Sept. 11, 2012 in Southwest Asia.
U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder