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In Pictures: Royal Air Force Photographic Competition 2019

The awe-inspiring RAF Photography Competition 2019 results are in - take a look here

With over 1,000 images and 30 hours of video to choose from, judges for the 2019 Royal Air Force Photographic Competition have been spoilt for choice.

 

Winner of Photographer of the Year, ‘Centurions of The Night’ by Cpl Tim Laurence
Winner of Photographer of the Year, ‘Centurions of The Night’ by Cpl Tim Laurence

The competition allows RAF Photographers to showcase their skills to the public and give them a behind the scenes glimpse at the array of situations and places RAF personnel operate in on a daily basis.

Winner of Personnel, ‘There's No Place Like Home’ by Cpl Matty Matthews
Winner of Personnel, ‘There's No Place Like Home’ by Cpl Matty Matthews

Judging took place at the Royal Air Force Museum London and a panel of three industry professional judges decides which ones make the cut.

 

Winner of Sport, ‘Bam, Right in the Kisser’ by Cpl Rob Travis
Winner of Sport, ‘Bam, Right in the Kisser’ by Cpl Rob Travis

Judging this year’s competition is: Jim Hedge, picture editor at the Guardian freelance photographer Edmond Terakopian and Press Association’s Martin Keene.

Winner of RAF Feature, ‘Badge of Honour’ by Mr Paul Saxby
Winner of RAF Feature, ‘Badge of Honour’ by Mr Paul Saxby

The competition has 13 categories ranging from Current RAF Equipment to Feature to Sport and also includes ‘The Amateur Category’ which allows non-military personnel to enter.

 Winner of RAF Operations and Exercises, ‘Plugging the Gap’ by Cpl Tony Hawkins
Winner of RAF Operations and Exercises, ‘Plugging the Gap’ by Cpl Tony Hawkins

The best nine images are chosen by the three judges before they are opened up to the public online, who decide which of the images will win the ‘Peoples’ Choice’ category.

Winner of The Amateur Military Category by Mr Simon Hall
Winner of The Amateur Military Category, Mr Simon Hall

The ‘Peoples’ Choice’ winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony which takes place on Thursday 3 October at the Bentley Priory Museum.

Winner of The Mallett Student Trophy, Veterans commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, by AC Harry Roberts
Winner of The Mallett Student Trophy, Veterans commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, by AC Harry Roberts

Martin Keene said: 

“I’ve seen some absolutely stunning photographs; the RAF have brilliant photographers. They get to capture the whole range of RAF’s equipment and personnel across the world and it’s resulted in some great photography on show today and I’ve loved every minute of it.”

Winner of Current RAF Equipment, ‘Split Break’ by SAC Thompson-Watts
Winner of Current RAF Equipment, ‘Split Break’ by SAC Thompson-Watts

Jim Hedge said: 

‘'I thought the standard overall was very extremely high quality, the spread of extremely good photographs showing the different range of subjects that you cover is a testament to the work that you do.”     

Winner of RAF Image of the Year, ‘Concorde’ by Cpl Ashley Keates
Winner of RAF Image of the Year, ‘Concorde’ by Cpl Ashley Keates

Edmond Terakopian said: 

“The pictures on show are of a phenomenal standard. Some very well thought out photography and it’s not simply uncontrolled action but some amazing images that have required a great deal of thought that have married creativity with timing perfectly. The level of photography has been fantastic.”

The Missing Bond SAC Ben Mayfield
Winner of Technical/Engineering Photography, 'The Missing Bond' by SAC Ben Mayfield