John Rutledge of Fort Drum, N.Y, Captain in the U.S. Army, is one the “Best in Show” photographers from Art in Embassies and Department of Defense “Serving Abroad…Through Their Eyes” photography exhibition.
A landmark partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense, the photographs from “Serving Abroad…Through Their Eyes,” an exhibition that features a moving, first-hand view into daily life of active-duty military, Foreign Service, and Civil Service personnel overseas. More than 3,200 images were submitted, from which 161 finalists were chosen; ultimately, the 12 “Best in Show” were identified. The photographs, selected by a panel of distinguished photo-journalists, depict themes of friendship, places, faces, loss or triumph, providing a window on the complexity, diversity and courageous work performed by America’s heroes throughout the world.
The “Best in Show” images were juried by a panel that included distinguished former Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Peter Pace, General Colin Powell, Admiral Mike Mullen, and former General Richard Myers, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and former NBC anchor David Gregory.