Navy Photography: Personnel Win Prizes In 2020 Competition

The images capture the life of Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines as they serve on operations around the world.

The winners of this year's Royal Navy Photographic Awards have been announced, with more than 250 images and videos submitted by Navy photographers.

Each photographer entering is an active member of the Navy, a sailor or marine, capturing pictures as they carry out missions around the world, and competing for the Peregrine Trophy.

This year's competition has been somewhat different as the photographers have been taking pictures on the frontline during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The photographs were judged by Richard Pohle from The Times, Steve Parsons of the Press Association, Jane Sherwood of Getty Images, Lee Durrant of the BBC, Jack Ashdown of Great State and director of photography and cinematography Vince Knight.

Leading Photographer Kyle Heller was named the Royal Navy’s Photographer of the Year for his portfolio of imagery from HMS Queen Elizabeth’s deployment to the USA, which saw the UK’s first F-35B Lightning jets land on the aircraft carrier.

HMS Queen Elizabeth won the Peregrine Trophy for a collection of images from her landmark American deployment, which Kyle was a part of.

He said: "This is a job like no other – it sounds clichéd, but it’s true. I’m still trying to get my head around winning the award, in all honesty.

"I’m not one for the plaudits at all and for me it’s about the opportunities, experience and variation that you get with this job. 

"There really is nothing like it."

Other winners included Ben Corbett, who won the Best Maritime Image, Stevie Burk, winner of the Global Operations Prize, and Marine James Clarke, who won the Amateur Photographer of the Year Award.  

While there is no awards ceremony this year due to pandemic restrictions, the images will be on public display at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire from December 2020 until March 2021.

Cover image: The view of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s flight deck during operational testing with the UK’s F-35B Lightning jets. This image was part of the Peregrine Trophy-winning selection from HMS Queen Elizabeth. The image also won the Best in Show Prize. Picture by Leading Photographer Kyle Heller (Picture: Royal Navy).