Military Photographer of the Year
Moments. Emotions. Beauty. Tragedy. Life.
A Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force, Jeremy "JT" Lock has a passion for immersing himself into and capturing the essence of the world's people, tragedies, celebrations, and everyday realities--empowering viewers to live and feel those moments through his photographs.
JT has experience, training, and insight that few photojournalists can claim. He's been in the thick of war battles, shooting with his camera rather than a gun; earning a Bronze Star. He's documented the realities of life in disease- and poverty-stricken Africa. He's covered diplomatic celebrations, funerals and historic meetings. He is specially trained to shoot from the air and under the sea. He is the sole military photographer to be recognized four times as the best in the business (Military Photographer of the Year, 2003, '05, '06, '08).
"I thrive on working stories, diving into each experience, and living for a moment in a world outside of my norm,” JT said. “It is an honor to be able to share my vision and hopefully foster awareness, understanding, and empathy."
Nearly 18 years ago, JT was assigned to what has become his life's work. An Airman in the United States Air Force, he was tasked with darkroom tech duties. He worked his way up to photographer and now, still active in the military, serves as a photographer assigned to the 1st Combat Camera Squadron at Charleston Air Force Base. As such, he captures his unique perspective of military life, war, and foreign cultures, and people in storytelling shots. Each photograph not only transports the viewer into that moment and offers a breath of that experience, but also records history for the United States' military and government.
He also ably translates his broad military experience into expert photography for numerous major media publications worldwide including, National Geographic, Time Magazine, The New York Times and The LA Times. In 2002, he worked in collaboration with 125 of the world’s leading photojournalists on a book entitled A Day In The Life Of The United States Armed Forces. His work also appears in many books including, NYC Life Going On and The War in Iraq. One of his latest projects was working as a New York Life photographer on a documentary for PBS title Slavery and the Making of America.
JT was introduced to photography at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA. He graduated from Airman Leadership October 1996, Ground and Water Survival September 1998, Syracuse University Military Photojournalism Program May 2000,
Throughout his career as a photojournalist and service in the Air Force, Jeremy Lock's proficiency in his field has been recognized in many ways, including:
2009 Runner-up Military Photographer of the Year
2009 Charleston SC, 40 Most Influential People Under 40
2008 Military Photographer of the Year
2008 2nd Place World Press Photo Competition of the Year, Nature Category
2008 Honorable Mention NPPA Photo Competition of the Year, Nature Category
2007 Runner-up Military Photographer of the Year
2007 Air Force Photographer of the Year
2006 Military Photographer of the Year
2006 Runner-up SC Newspaper Photographer of the year
2005 Military Photographer of the Year
2002 Military Photographer of the Year
2001 Runner-up Military Photographer of the Year
2000 Honor Graduate Syracuse Military Photojournalist Program
Bronze Star Medal
Air Force Air Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal, 1 Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal, 1 Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Force Joint Service Achievement Medal, 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal, 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
Army Achievement Medal
Air Force Combat Action Medal
Army Combat Action Badge