Army Photographic Competition PO(Phot) Owen Cooban/MOD
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IN PICTURES: Army Life Captured Through Stunning Photography

The winning images from this year's Army Photographic Competition

Army Photographic Competition PO(Phot) Owen Cooban/MOD

Picture Credit: PO Owen Cooban

The lives of military personnel have been showcased in this year's Army Photographic Competition, with intimate shots of exercises, combat training and drill.

The picture above shows captures the Chelsea Pensioners paying their respects at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday from the air.

It was taken by Royal Navy photographer Petty Officer Owen Cooban, 39, from Crawley.

Army Photographic Competition 2017 Corporal Jonathan Lee van Zyl
Picture Credit: Corporal Jonathan Lee van Zyl / MoD

Winning best overall image, this portrait of a soldier on exercise (above), was taken by South African-born Sergeant Jonathan van Zyl, who is also based at the Army Headquarters. 

The portrait came about during Exercise Northern Strike in America with 3PWRR.

Sgt Jonathan van Zyl said:

“It was one of those moments; you just saw it and you took it. It wasn’t planned or anything, but it works. I think it’s the soldier’s eyes, looking into his eyes, it draws you into it.” 

Army Photographic Competition 2017 Bombardier Murray Kerr RA
Picture Credit: Bombardier Murray Kerr RA / MoD

Cry Havoc by Bombardier Murray Kerr captures simulated combat as cadets battle with batons and shields in this training exercise documented in his prize-winning portfolio.

Army Photographic Competition 2017 Ian Griffiths
Picture Credit: Mr Ian Griffiths, Army Photographer

Infantry Battle School, Brecon, Wales.

Staff and students, on the Section Commanders Battle Course 1603, pictured on Fan Dance, a section level competition over 18km in the Brecon Beacons.

Army Photographic Competition 2017 Sgt Rupert Frere RLC
Picture Credit: Sergeant Rupert Frere

Bolt, by Sergeant Rupert Frere.

Almost 100 horses from the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery left the noise and confines of London for equestrian and military training on the north Norfolk coast and the rural idyll of Bodney Camp.

Army Photographic Competition 2017 Sergeant Rupert Frere RLC
Picture Credit: Sergeant Rupert Frere

Prepare to Fight, shows soldiers from 1st Battalion the Irish Guards prepare for a live firing exercise deep in the Belize Jungle.

Foot guards from 1st Battalion the Irish Guards have swapped their pristine celebrity ceremonial world of bearskins and red tunics for anonymous camouflage, leeches and mosquito nets as they test their operational skills on a rigorous jungle warfare exercise in Belize - Exercise MAYAN STORM.

Army Photographic Competition 2017 Bdr Murray Kerr
Picture Credit: Bdr Murray Kerr

One hundred and fifty members of the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force were guests of Rangers Football Club at Ibrox stadium in Glasgow, for the Rangers Charity Foundation Armed Forces Day Match, between Rangers and Dundee. 

Army Photographic Competition 2017 Guy Butler
Picture Credit: Guy Butler

Fist Bump, by Guy Butler, who is a contractor based at MOD Lyneham and is currently working as a photographer at the Defence School of Electrical Mechanical Engineers.

Army Photographic Competition 2017 Sgt Rupert Frere
Picture Credit: Sergeant Rupert Frere

Satisfied Soldiers, shows members of Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery take a break during a gun salute in Green Park London.

Army Photographer Competition Sgt Rupert Frere RLC
Picture Credit: Bombardier Murray Kerr

Soldiers sleeping after Exercise Templers Triumph at Longmoor Training Area.

Army Photographer Competition Sgt Rupert Frere
Picture Credit: Sgt Rupert Frere

On International Women’s Day, Army Musician Kendall Lewis, 23, was proud to highlight how well women are integrated into the British Army, working alongside and in all but frontline combat roles, doing exactly the same job as men.

“It is an amazing experience being a Trumpeter on the Queen’s Life Guard; very special and a great privilege.”

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