In second grade, Lukas Flippo stood outside of the National Guard Armory and waved goodbye to his brother as he deployed to the Middle East. It was a memory that has stayed with him.

Flippo won the Fujifilm Students of Storytelling competition for his compelling portraits of war veteran heroes as they return to their lives back home and try to work on creating new ones.

Fujifilm created the contest to identify the next generation of U.S. storytellers, and to provide them with Fujifilm X Series or GFX System gear to bring their vision to life.

Rangefinder: What interests you as a storyteller? Which stories are you drawn to? 

Lukas Flippo: I am drawn to stories that help me learn more about myself—where I come from, or where I am going. I picked up a camera in early high school to impress a girl, and then it suddenly became my life. I traveled with each of our school’s sports teams to document their seasons and, in doing that,…

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