Two RAF Typhoons flying over the mountains in the West Falklands. The Typhoon FGR4 operates 24/7 as part of the Quick Reaction Alert team on the Falkland Islands.
James Vellacott, another judge from Cherry Duck Studios and former photographer for the Daily Mirror, said that he was “very, very honoured” to have been invited:
“I think there’s a really good balance of judge’s background here and the standards are super high.
“Some real skill has gone in to these images, as I know you only get that one shot sometimes to get it right.
“I think there’s going to be an explosion now of civilian photographers entering this competition (Amateur category).
"There’s plenty of civilian photographers that go to air shows and they produce some amazing stuff too.”
The photographer captured a “Selfie” during a routine training sortie over the coast of Anglesey, Wales in an RAF Hawk T2.
Jim Hedge, a judge and picture editor at The Guardian, said the standard of the images was "very high":
“Some areas really glowed and general themes really came through but I think for us the top three were quite clear.
“The stuff that makes the best photos is the stuff that you guys [RAF] do day in day out.
“The really resting visual images are the ones I don’t see so much as a picture editor, the kind of stuff that the RAF see’s every day.”
Taken at Weston Air Day, Weston-Super-Mare. Seven of the nine Red Arrows Hawk T1 aircraft come over the top of a loop in formation.
The annual RAF Photographic Competition was established to promote the image and reputation of the RAF through the medium of photography and video, and encourage and develop high standards in all styles and disciplines of military photography and video.
All photographs or videos entered in the Competition have to have been taken during the period 18 July 2017 to 16 July 2018.
The Army, Navy and Royal Air Force Rowing Clubs came together in a battle for the Joint Services Regatta Title at Thames Valley Park, Reading.
To commemorate the centenary of the RAF, competition entrants were asked to look to submit photos that celebrate the achievements and capabilities of the RAF and inspire the next generation and leave a legacy to ensure future success.
A RAF Puma HC2 flying over the city of Kabul, Afghanistan as part of a sortie in support of Operation TORAL. The Puma is the main source of transport between different camps within Kabul.
The 13 submission categories included:
RAF Photographic Section Portfolio
RAF Photographer of the Year
RAF Image of the Year
The ‘Peoples’ Choice’
Over 1,000 images were entered from professional photographers from across the RAF and amateurs from both the military and general public.
‘The Amateur Category’ was opened-up to the general public for the first time this year for the RAF's centenary.
More than 250 entries were submitted to this category alone.