Public decides winners of RAF photography competition

Dramatic images of the RAF featuring its staff and even its animals on operational duties are being put to the public vote.

Public decides winners of RAF photography competition

Freefall skydivers create a colourful image in the sky

These stunning images taken by the service’s photographers over the past year are being put on show to find the image of the year.

From a dog leaping from the window of a car to an eye catching image of the Red Arrows soaring though the sky, the judges will have their work cut out to choose a winner.

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Red Arrow pilots soar through the air in close formation trailing white smoke

Among the images in the running are two taken at RAF Shawbury.

One is a dramatic picture of a firefighter tackling a blaze in a training exercise.

The image was taken by Ian Forshaw at the RAF Shawbury fire and rescue departmenton the station aircraft simulator. The other is of Sergeant Mike Fellows with his daughter Ivy Fellows during his graduation from the defence helicopter flying school.

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Sergeant Mike Fellows, at his graduation, with his daughter Ivy Fellows

Sgt Fellows is now a qualified weapons systems operator who will go on to fly the Puma helicopter.

The image of Sgt Fellows was also taken by Mr Forshaw.

The competition features pictures of RAF people, animals, aircraft and ceremonial duties.

Last year’s winning image judged by the public showed an airman and a dog sat on the edge of a helicopter and the picture was entitled Man’s Best Friend. 

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An RAF police dog leaps into action in this entry to the competition

An RAF spokesman said: “Each year the Royal Air Force celebrates a year of photography through its annual photographic competition culminating with an awards ceremony.

“The aim of the competition is to encourage high professional standards within the services photographic specialisation and to enhance the positive profile of the RAF.

“The RAF has more than 200 professional photographers across the UK.

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A close up view of a helicopter turning in mid air is captured

“They are employed in all areas of the service including station PR activity, technical, intelligence, reconnaissance, combat camera teams, videographers and airborne trials work.

“The competition is open to all uniformed, MOD civilian and contractor photographers, whether professional and amateur, who work for the RAF.”

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