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In pictures: Stunning shots from RAF's 2021 photo competition

After a scaled-back competition in 2020 due to COVID-19, the RAF competition is back in full swing this year.

The winners of the 2021 Royal Air Force Photographic Competition have been announced.

Nearly 1,500 images and more than 50 videos were submitted across the competition's seven categories.

Senior Aircraftman Craig Williams won the Personnel category with an entry titled 'Pandemic' which showed an airman conducting community COVID testing in south Derbyshire.

The Mallett Student Trophy category was won by SAC Amelia Turnbull.

The Current RAF Equipment category was won by Corporal Lee Matthews with 'Griffin' - a stunning shot of a C-130J Hercules transport aircraft conducting 'a nose-up, break into the flying circuit over the runway at RAF Akrotiri' in Cyprus.

Cpl Matthews also won the RAF Operations and Exercise category and rounded off a successful competition by winning the Video category.

Griffin by Cpl Lee Matthews, RAF C-130J supporting Op Fortis RAF photo comp peoples choice 2021 08112021 Credit RAF.jpg
'Griffin' - Corporal Lee Matthews' winning entry for the Current RAF Equipment category (Picture: MOD).

The judges also selected their best nine images to go head-to-head in the Peoples' Choice category, with the public being able to vote for two weeks on the RAF's official Facebook page.

The result will be announced on 25 November.

Hillary Roberts, Senior Curator of Photography at the Imperial War Museums and one of this year's judges, said: "This year's entries reflect the RAF's huge contribution to British life as well as its core role of keeping our skies safe.

"Congratulations to all winners and entrants on an excellent standard of photography in an exceptionally challenging year."

Another judge, British Army photographer, Warrant Officer 2 Jamie Peters said "the standard of entries were as technically excellent as they were varied".