Soldier captures history through camera lens

The Combat Camera Team Electronic News Gathering team

The Combat Camera Team Electronic News Gathering team

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A Yorkshire soldier serving in Afghanistan is helping to capture history.

Army photographer Sergeant Paul Shaw, from Huddersfield, is taking images as the British relinquish security control in Helmand Province to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).

The former pupil of Newsome High School is based in Camp Bastion and is part of a three man Combat Camera Team who follow troops out on the ground and around various bases throughout Helmand, covering the transitional work and the handover of control to the ANSF.

Because of their military training, the team can capture events across parts of Helmand Province where the mainstream media may not be able to go.

Sergeant Shaw, 28, said: ““The biggest challenge is trying to film whilst wearing the same kit as an infanteer, and being aware of our surroundings at all times.”

He joined the Royal Signals Corps 10 years ago but switched to the Royal Logistics Corps in 2012 to pursue his passion for photography.

“I have always had a creative eye and an interest in photography,” said Sergeant Shaw, who in the UK is based at the Defence Media Operations Centre, RAF Halton. “I had reached the top of my trade and had to either change trade or Corps in order to progress any further.”

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