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Royal Navy photographers have been recognised for their skills in the service's annual competition - the Peregrine Trophy Awards
The series of winning pictures, from emotional homecoming scenes to fiery explosions, have given a glimpse behind the scenes of the daring work carried out by Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines around the world.
The impressive set of images showing operations, training, equipment and sport were all taken by Royal Navy sailors and marines to capture the amazing work undertaken by the naval service around the world.
Royal Navy photographers are charged with telling the stories of sailors and Royal Marines around the world through still imagery and video, taking them on deployments with warships and commando units wherever they may go.
In the past year, imagery and video have covered everything from Royal Marines training in the frozen Arctic circle to maritime security operations across the seas.
Leading Photographer Sam Seeley was named the Royal Navy’s photographer of the year by the judges for his portfolio of imagery from operations all over the world.
"It is humbling to win this award and have your work appreciated. I believe I have the best job in the Royal Navy – thanks to the variety of the work and the unknowns," Leading Photographer Seeley said.
"One day you’re with the Royal Marines storming a beach and the next you’re landing in a helicopter on the back of a frigate in the North Sea," he added.
"This job gives you some real money can’t buy moments."
Leading Photographer Seeley joined the Royal Marines when he was 20, gaining the green beret and deploying to Afghanistan with Taunton-based 40 Commando, where he trained the local Afghan police.
He later specialised as a mountain leader, and ultimately joined the Surveillance Reconnaissance Squadron before becoming a Royal Navy photographer.
Joining up like any other rating into a particular trade such as logistics, engineering or warfare specialists, Royal Navy photographers work hard to excel at their chosen field before being accepted into the elite photographic branch.
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This year, the awards were judged by Jane Sherwood of Getty Images, Richard Collins of Practical Photographer magazine, Maya Germaine of the Walker Photographic Agency, Jack Ashdown from Great State, Mark Tattersall of Artlab Films, and Vince Knight of Vince Knight Productions.