Army

First Female Winner Of Army Photographer Of The Year

Corporal Rebecca Brown also finished runner-up in the Best Online Image category for Professional Sport and Adventure Training.

A woman has won British Army Photographer of the Year for the first time.

Corporal Rebecca Brown was given the award during a ceremony in London for the annual Army Film and Photographic Competition.

The 29-year-old, who is based with the combat camera team at Army Headquarters in Andover, also won the Professional Portfolio category.

"It’s an amazing achievement for Corporal Brown," said Command Master Photographer, Warrant Officer 1 Daniel Harmer.

"Not only did she excel in numerous categories in this year’s competition, she justifiably won and was also runner-up in the most sought-after category of Professional Photographer of the Year, being the first female professional photographer to win this elite prize."

Corporal Brown also finished runner-up in the Best Online Image category, Professional Sport and Adventure Training.

Seventeen-year-old Cadet Sergeant Ali Fawzi was the youngest winner of the night, picking up the Cadet Life category. 

A record number of video pieces were entered into this year's competition, while more than 700 pictures were submitted.

"This year saw more than 17,500 people vote for the best online image and a 70% increase in video submissions," WO1 Harmer said.

"The excellent standard of what was submitted made it the toughest challenge for the judges, who took more than four hours to conclude the judging."

The National Army Museum in Chelsea, where the awards ceremony took place, will be showcasing the winning entries from 23 January to 13 February.

Winners in full:

  • Professional Category Portfolio: Corporal Rebecca Brown - Royal Logistic Corps
  • Overall Professional Army Image: Corporal Nick Johns - Royal Logistic Corps
  • Professional Category Portrait: Corporal Jonathan Adams - Royal Logistic Corps
  • Professional Category Story: Corporal Ben Beale - Royal Logistic Corps
  • Professional Category Soldiering: Corporal Nick Johns - Royal Logistic Corps
  • Professional Category Sport/Adventure Training: Sergeant Ben Maher - Royal Logistic Corps
  • Professional Open Video: Corporal Ben Beale - Royal Logistic Corps
  • Best Online Image (voted by the public): Major Mike Thwaite -  PARA Reg
  • Operation Camera: Lance Corporal James Clarke - Royal Marines
  • Operation Smartphone: Mr Charlie Perham - Ministry of Defence
  • Cadet Life: Cadet Sergeant Ali Fawzi - Army Cadet Force
  • Amateur Category Portfolio: Corporal Danny Houghton - Royal Logistic Corps
  • Amateur Category Portrait: Colour Sergeant Liam Swan - Grenadier Guards
  • Amateur Category Sport/Adventure Training: Colour Sergeant Phil Carr - Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment
  • Amateur Category Soldiering: Major Mike Thwaite - Parachute Regiment

Cover image: Corporal Rebecca Brown became the first female soldier to win photographer of the year (Picture: British Army).