NEWS UPDATE 4.45PM An Australian photographer who was injured in a helicopter crash in Iraq on Tuesday, killing the pilot, had escaped death three years ago when he was ambushed in Afghanistan.

[This article has been updated to include comment from Adam Ferguson]

Adam Ferguson reportedly suffered a ‘sore jaw and some minor bumps’ after the aircraft, which was carrying aid, came down in the Sinjar mountains of northern Iraq, according to the New York Times, one of the publications he works for.

Adam, who is based in Bangkok, Thailand, today told Amateur Photographer (AP): ‘I am doing fine, with no significant injuries.’

Speaking to AP’s David Clark last year, Adam, 35, explained how a near-death experience two years earlier had led him to re-evaluate his life and work.

He had been embedded with the US Infantry in Afghanistan, near the Pakistan border.

Adam told AP: ‘I went on patrol with the military and we were ambushed.

‘One of the soldiers, who was just five metres from me, was shot and killed, which was horrific.’

Adam said his pictures showing the aftermath of the ambush were not published.

‘The Pentagon and military public affairs put pressure on Time magazine not to run them, and the soldier’s next of kin, who I was never able to talk to, wouldn’t sign the necessary releases,’ he said.

He added: ‘It made me question my intent as a photographer and how I justified what I was doing.’

In the interview – published in AP 31 August 2013 – Adam, who worked as a deckhand to fund his early career, said he uses a Canon EOS-1D Mark III as his main camera.

The award-winning photographer also contributes to National Geographic.

He was a member of the VII Photo Agency, before choosing to work independently.

Also injured in the helicopter crash on Tuesday was photographer Moises Saman, who was on assignment for Time, reported Time LightBox.


Adam Ferguson spoke to AP about his life as a photojournalist last year