Three Fort Bragg photographers have been recognized as being among the best in the Army in the 2012 Digital Photography Contest.

In the contest’s active-duty military division, Staff Sgt. Sharilyn Wells, a Reserve member of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command and the photo manager and reporter for Fort Bragg’s Paraglide newspaper, garnered third place for her image of an emotional Vietnam veteran, “Remembering Bobby.”

“It’s a pretty awesome feeling. There were a lot of great, talented photographers who entered and won so it’s an honor to be considered as equal to them,” Wells said, after the results were announced.

She also placed second in the digital darkroom category, for the image of a World War II re-enactor and a dog taken at Sword Beach, Normandy during the 2012 remembrance ceremonies for the liberation of France. Wells also earned an honorable mention for her black and white image, “Forgotten Dye.”

For Wells, the 2012 contest marks the second year of wins in the Army photography contest, having three of her photos place in the 2011 contest.

Fort Bragg retiree Michael Freeman was the third place finisher in the animals category for eligible Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation participants for his photo of a wading bird reflected in the water. Freeman is a veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division where he served as the commander of the 307th Engineer Company and the U.S. Army Forces Command when that unit was still home-based in Atlanta.

“It’s a great thing, it always is,” Freeman said of placing in competition. “It’s a recognition that people like to see things in the way that you do.”

Freeman will show his work next month in Charlottesville, Va., during that city’s monthly culture and arts festival. More of his work is available at

Honorable mention went to Capt. Kenny Dean, Co. B, Warrior Transition Battalion for his monochrome print, “USS Wisconsin.” Dean is currently in the process of permanently changing station.

The annual Army Digital Photography Contest features eight categories of photos and contestants compete in two divisions: active-duty personnel and other Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons. The categories are people, military life, nature and landscapes, animals, still life, design elements, digital darkroom and monochrome.

The full list of winners is available at

Application guidelines for the 2013 will be announced at at a future date.