Stephen Thorne has spent more than 30 years as a
photographer, editor, lecturer, and award-winning journalist, 28 of them with The Canadian
Press. He was the only reporter to accompany Canadian soldiers on their first helicopter air
assault in eastern Afghanistan in March 2002, and spent nine months with the Canadian
contingent in Kabul between 2003 and 2004. The recipient of three National Newspaper
Awards and the 2002 Ross Munro Media Award for defence reporting, Thorne’s photographs
and reports have been published in newspapers across Canada and worldwide.
Documentary film maker Garth Pritchard has filmed
Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan, Somalia, Croatia, Kosovo, Sri Lanka, and other places.
He has travelled to Afghanistan six times since 2002, capturing unique video footage and
eyewitness accounts from Kabul, Kandahar, and the Afghan countryside. Pritchard has won 14
awards for six of his documentaries, including the Ross Munro Media Award in 2003 for his
work in Afghanistan. Before becoming a documentary filmmaker, director, and cinematographer,
Pritchard worked as a photographer, writer, and editor at four major newspapers across the