Army life revealed in award-winning photos

BBC Image copyright Cpl Tom Evans / MOD

A stunning photo of a helicopter hovering above a soldier has been named best overall image in the Army Photographic Competition 2018.

Guardian Angel was captured by army photographer Cpl Tom Evans, who was also named photographer of the year for his professional portfolio of images portraying military life during the past 12 months.

“Being a photographer is the best job in the army,” says Cpl Evans, who is based in Brecon, Powys. “I get to see the whole army, every trade and every cap badge and see them at work in so many exciting and varied places across the world. That gives us a unique perspective on it all.”

With more than 1,500 entries, the annual competition is open to all army personnel and captures soldiers at work and play around the world.

Cpl Tom Evans Image copyright Cpl Tom Evans / MOD
Image caption Part of Cpl Tom Evans’s winning portfolio, the Queen’s Dragoon Guards take part in a multinational exercise in Poland as part of Nato’s enhanced forward presence
Kabul Image copyright Cpl Tom Evans / MOD
Image caption More than 1,200 soldiers from the Kings Royal Hussars and 4 REME train hard in the heat on the Canadian Prairies
Kenya Image copyright Cpl Tom Evans / MOD
Image caption Members of 1 Rifles go head to head in an inter-company boxing tournament

Cpl Becky Brown won the Portrait (professional category) award for her picture, A Soldier’s Smile.

“I was on a deployment to Kabul on Operation Toral with the combat camera team,” says Cpl Brown. “Our job was to film and photograph different roles out there and explain to the general public what our guys were doing out there.

“While my colleagues were interviewing one of the Welsh Guards, I was setting up my portrait shot, so I borrowed one of the lads to set up my shot. While I was setting up and he was not aware I was, I was taking his photo. I managed to catch a nice smile.

“I think a lot of people can relate to his expression. Our guys do genuinely enjoy their jobs when they’re away from home and out on the ground.”

North Atlantic Treaty Organization Image copyright CPL REBECCA BROWN / MOD

Cpl Brown also won a Story (professional category) award for her series documenting medical and dental health outreach clinics for Kenyan civilians.

The clinics are conducted in partnership with the Kenyan Ministry of Health and see British army medics work alongside members of Kenya’s Defence Medical Services and Kenyan Red Cross volunteers.

Paul Randall Image copyright CPL REBECCA BROWN / MOD
Queen Image copyright CPL REBECCA BROWN / MOD
Cpl Tom Evans Image copyright CPL REBECCA BROWN / MOD

The competition winners were announced at a ceremony held at the Imperial War Museum, London, on Wednesday.

This year’s judges were BBC picture editor Philip Coomes and Press Association picture editor Martin Keene.

These are some of the other winners and runners-up from this year’s competition.

guard Image copyright AUO Kate Knight / MOD
Image caption Adult Under Officer Kate Knight was a Portrait (amateur category) runner-up, with her picture, 24 Muscles
Kate Knight Image copyright Sgt Dek Traylor / MOD
Image caption A soldier gives orders during an attack, in Sgt Dek Traylor’s Get Up Here, which won the Soldiering (professional category) award
North Atlantic Treaty Organization Image copyright Senior Aircraftman Amy Lupton / MOD
Image caption Quick Drink, by SAC Amy Lupton, was an Operation Camera (general public category) runner-up
Poland Image copyright LCoH Adam Blackmore-Heal / MOD
Image caption L/Cpl of Horse Adam Blackmore-Heal’s dramatic photo won a Sport (amateur category) award
BBC Image copyright Tpr Tom Franks / MOD
Image caption This atmospheric shot was a runner-up for amateur photographer Pte Tom Franks
guard Image copyright Sergeant Donald Todd / MOD
Image caption Soldiers support the fire service on Saddleworth Moor, Yorkshire, in Sgt Donald Todd’s Story (professional category) runner-up. About 100 soldiers from 4 Scots were brought in to help control a blaze on the moor in June
Kate Knight Image copyright Sgt Paul Randall / MOD
Image caption The New Guard was a runner-up for professional photographer Sgt Paul Randall, of the Royal Logistics Corps

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