Photo Competition To Shine Light On Lives Of Military Children

The closing date is 25 September and the winning images will feature in the charity's annual calendar.

Armed Forces charity Little Troopers has launched its annual photography competition to shine a light on the day-to-day lives of military children.

UK Armed Forces families are being encouraged to submit photos that capture the adventures and the challenges of military life as experienced by the thousands of children who have a parent serving with the Royal Navy, British Army, RAF or Reserves.

The winning images will feature in the charity's annual calendar.

Three-year-old Verity Yarker was captured in one of last year's winning entries and featured as November in this year's calendar. 

Her mother, Tara Yarker, told Forces News the story behind the winning shot: "It was Remembrance Sunday - I was singing in the choir, my husband was in the parade.

"I remember she [Verity] just kept looking at what was going on. She was only 18-months-old so she was just sort of taking it all in.

"She just walked across to where the poppy wreaths were and the crosses were and she just she just knelt down.

"It was just a moment of peace. Like you could see she was aware there was something important going on."

This will be the ninth time the photo competition has run and this year's theme is 'Through Our Eyes'.

Verity Yarker at the Colerne Remembrance Parade - named one of winners of Little Troopers photo competition and used in 2020 calendar DATE UNKNOWN CREDIT TARA YARKER
Tara Yarker's picture of her daughter Verity was one of last year's winners (Picture: Tara Yarker).

Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers, said: "These are moments that people otherwise would never get to see.

"It really is giving a glimpse into the unique life of a military family and that's a really special competition to run."

Mrs Yarker said entrants do not need to be professional photographers or have fancy cameras.

She said: "I’m just a mum and a military wife and I just took a photo of a moment that was special to us, as a family, and it's important because it's for anybody.

"They can be just photos on your phone of those moments that matter to military families and military children, and they are little troopers."

Any photo taken within the past 12 months can be entered in the competition with details available on the Little Troopers website.

The closing date is 25 September.