by SSgt Sheila deVera

Two U.S. Marines with Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, perform an amphibious landing at Freshwater Beach, Queensland, Australia, July 20, 2013. The Marines and sailors of the 31st MEU and Expeditionary Strike Group 7 are participating in Talisman Saber 2013, a bilateral training exercise between the U.S. and Australian militaries, bolstering their interoperability and combat readiness as a Combined Joint Task Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sheila deVera/Released)

Photographer's Narrative


Marines are known for their discipline, skill and ability to successfully defend the freedoms of their country by air, land and sea. In this instance at Exercise Talisman Saber in Australia, I wanted to capture that legacy. There were a lot of scenarios happening around me, but when I saw this Marine “in the zone,” I redirected my focus on him and shot it in a low angle to reflect the intensity of a U.S. Marine.