2021 Photo Contest Finalists: Scenes Of WarDecember 09, 2021
Photos submitted for the Aviation Week Photo Contest’s Defense category usually are from training missions or air shows. But the hostilities in Israel and Gaza earlier this year put some photographers closer to the battlefield than they usually get.
“I’m not a war photojournalist, but sometimes war taps at your door,” says Avichai Socher of Givat Shmuel, Israel, who has submitted winning entries for the Aviation Week Photo Contest several times.
“Taking a photo of rockets fired at you under a siren that sends you to shelter is not something I thought I’d do,” Socher tells Aviation Week.
Four of the photos in this gallery document actual Iron Dome interceptions of rockets from Gaza, while the others are either training missions or operational flights far from the front lines.