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Army Photographic Competition Winners Revealed

Take a look at the winning entries from this year's British Army Photographic Competition.

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Troops in Afghanistan

Winner - Best Professional Op Herrick Portfolio - © Sergeant Rupert Frere, Royal Logistic Corps. Above image titled 'Air Assault'. 


Images of WWII veterans, soldiers flying into Afghanistan and US troops giving fire support to British soldiers are among the winners of this year's Army Photographic Competition. The images, captured by both amateur and professional photographers, give a glimpse into the world of British serviceman or woman and winners from this year's competition were presented with their awards at a ceremony at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, London, earlier this week. 

Sergeant Rupert Frere, Royal Logistic Corps (RLC), was crowned Photographer of the Year. His images captured during his three separate tours of duty in Afghanistan also saw him pick up various other titles from the competition. 

US troops supplying fire support to British soldiers

Winner - Best Professional Op Herrick Portfolio - © Sergeant Rupert Frere, Royal Logistic Corps. Above image titled 'Coalition'.


"It’s pretty amazing to win. I’m gobsmacked," said 34-year-old Sergeant Rupert Frere, RLC, who transferred from a role in bomb disposal to become a professional photographer in the RLC. "I spent three tours on Op Herrick from 2009 to 2012/13. I had lots of friends there and unfortunately, lost some friends there, too. So, to have these images that remind people of what we went through out there, it means a lot to me, personally, that they’ve chosen my photos," said Sergeant Rupert Frere, RLC. 

Sergeant John S Kabia

Winner - Professional Portrait - © Corporal Paul Shaw, RLC. Above image titled 'Sgt John S Kabia'


The above image of Sgt John S Kabia, a Sierra Leonean soldier, was taken during the height of the Ebola crisis by 30-year-old Corporal Paul Shaw, RLC, who won the 'best Professional Portrait award'. Commenting on the award, Corporal Paul Shaw, RLC said: "I’m pretty chuffed to win, especially as it was the first portrait I took in Sierra Leone.A lot of these guys have been in the army out there their whole life, and will have lived and served and probably fought through the civil war they had. Who knows what they’ve been through? They sit there and stare into that lens with everything they’ve got because they’re not hiding anything."


Tank on the Range

Winner - Best Online Image - © Officer Cadet Adam Webb. Above image titled 'Tank on the Range'.


The public also had a chance to vote for their favourite image and 'Tank on the Range', captured by Officer Cadet Adam Webb, 22, of London University Officer Training Corps was chosen out of all of the images shared on the British Army's Facebook page. Officer Cadet Adam Webb said: "I’m speechless. It’s great to be nominated but to then go on and win is amazing, I’m so happy. I’m very proud because I know the standard was really high."

15 categories were featured in the 2015 Army Photographic Competition and the full list of winners include: 

  • Professional Portfolio: Sgt Rupert Frere, RLC
  • Best Overall Professional Army PR Image: Sgt Rupert Frere, RLC
  • Professional Portrait: Cpl Paul Shaw, RLC
  • Professional Sport/Adventure Training: Sgt Rupert Frere, RLC
  • Professional Category Soldiering: Cpl Tom Evans, RLC
  • Best Online Image (voted by the public): Ocdt Adam Webb, London UOTC
  • Best Overall Professional Op Herrick Image: Sgt Rupert Frere, RLC
  • Professional Op Herrick Portfolio: Sgt Rupert Frere, RLC
  • Professional Op Herrick Video: Cpl Obi Igbo, RLC – (link to follow)
  • Amateur Portfolio: Bdr Murray Kerr, Royal Artillery
  • Amateur Portrait: Pte Rebecca Brown, 4 Armoured Medical Regiment
  • Amateur Sport/Adventure Training: Maj Andrew Whitehead-Hughes, Parachute Regiment
  • Amateur Category Soldiering: LCpl Paul-Rui Penu, RLC
  • Professional Video: Cpl Tom Evans, RLC - see the video on YouTube 
  • Multimedia: Mrs Melissa Terry, MOD - see the video on YouTube


Troops preparing for landing

Winner - Best Professional Op Herrick Portfolio - © Sergeant Rupert Frere, Royal Logistic Corps. Above image titled 'Prepare for Landing'.


The annual Army Photographic Competition is open to all regular and reserve personnel, staff and cadets of the Combined Cadet Force, Army Cadet Force, University Officer Training Corps (Army), and MOD civilians and contractors who work directly with the Army.

For more information and to learn more about the 2015 awards, visit the MOD website

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