Craig Walker, staff photographer at the Denver Post, was named Photographer of the Year in the Pictures of the Year International competition earlier this year. It’s one the highest honors in photojournalism, made even more notable by the fact that every picture in the portfolio was shot in Colorado – Walker’s backyard. The the top POYi honor usually goes to a portfolio with an abundance of international news photos. It’s also important to note that Walker isn’t just a terrific photographer, but a super nice guy who really cares about his subjects. Two years ago he won the Pulitzer Prize for his American Soldier project, which followed Ian Fisher from his Colorado high school through basic training and his tours in Iraq. Walker’s portfolio this year continues his powerful visual coverage of the struggles of U.S. servicemen, this time with his wrenching picture story of Marine veteran Brian Scott Ostrom’s struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Boulder. Check it out – it will change the way you feel about our returning servicemen.