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Army Photographic Competition 2013: Images Show 'The Lighter Side' Of Army Life (PICTURES)

Dirty trenches in far-off countries and mundane army routines may seem unlikely opportunities for award-winning photography, but the British Army has shown that war photography need not just be about the adrenaline of conflict.

Winners of the army's annual photography competition have been revealed, with awards going to images of soldiers cleaning guns, quad-biking on sand dunes and joshing with Afghanistan comrades while off-duty.


army photographic competition 2013

Overall winner - Private Ross Cunningham from 1SCOTS cleaning his personal weapon at FOB Shawqat after a patrol to an ANA checkpoint.


army photographic competition 2013

Winner - Amateur Portfolio - "QUAD BIKE", by Capt. Dave Scammell from Fareham. Picture shows Sgt Evans from the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Battery whose role providing the British Army's 'eye in the sky' in support of Land Forces on operations.


War photography has led to some of the most famous photos in history, as seen recently in 'Vietnam: The Real War' - a book published by Associated Press to mark the 50th anniversary of the conflict.

The pictures from the Army Photography Competition reveal progress in Afghanistan, as well as posed portraits, sporting images, training and ceremonial duties.

Honorary Colonel of the Army’s Media Operations Group said: “These professional and amateur pictures capture elements of Army life that we just don’t see otherwise, and it’s a reminder that excellence on operations is not only about the frontline, but also about the individual, the bond between soldiers, the training and hard work, and also the lighter side of life.”


army photographic competition 2013

Professional Portrait winner Cpl Calder - picture shows Private Craig Leaman from 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (1 PWRR) clearing part of a trench system during a dawn attack whilst on Exercise Askari Thunder 6 in Kenya.


army photographic competition 2013

Winner Amateur Portrait - 'Rocky Slumber' by Sgt Jonathan Van Zyl, 1 PWRR based in Paderborn. Picture shows Pte Ballan from FSG (Fire Support Group), Support Company (Y-Company), 1st Battalion the Princes of Wales's Royal Regiment in Kenya ( EX Askari Thunder VI) on the defence phase. Taking a break and getting something to eat (oreo's).


army photographic competition 2013

Professional Image Runner-Up Sgt O'Neill - deploying repeatedly on the ground in the lower Nahr-E-Sahraj district as part of Operation QALB 11, the soldiers of 2 Platoon, Corrunna Company (Coy), 1 LANCS kept up the pressure of patrolling onto insurgent held ground. Letting their Afghan allies, the Afghan Uniformed Police (AUP), lead the way, they supported and advised to take the emphasis off the building of a new bridge in a spot where the Taliban had previously destroyed an old one.


The top prize this year goes to Coporal Jamie Peters, RLC, for his portfolio of images from six months in Afghanistan, showing how much has progressed in Afghanistan, from friendly sporting fixtures with Afghan Army counterparts to relaxed interactions with locals.


army photographic competition 2013

Professional Portfolio Winner Cpl Peters - Soldiers from 1SCOTS bonding with their Afghan brothers at one of the checkpoints they visit regularly.


Cpl Peters said: “Being on the Combat Camera Team I was able to see so much of the work that British troops do in Afghanistan from patrols and operations in Helmand to the Officer Academy in Kabul.

"Everywhere we went there was a story to tell, from the experiences of the private soldiers right up to the HQ level of planning and executing the missions.”

Winning images and runners-up will be on display at the National Army Museum, London, until 22 October.

Flick through more pictures from the Army Photographic Competition 2013:

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  • Runner Up Amateur Sport - ' SMASH' by Sgt Jonathan Van Zyl, 1 PWRR based in Paderborn

    Seen - Pte Woods vs Pte Francis, Inter Company Boxing Night, 1st Battalion the Princes of Wales's Royal Regiment.

  • Winner Amateur Portrait - 'Rocky Slumber' by Sgt Jonathan Van Zyl, 1 PWRR. based in Paderborn.

    Pictured - Pte Ballan from FSG (Fire Support Group), Support Company (Y-Company), 1st Battalion the Princes of Wales's Royal Regiment in Kenya ( EX Askari Thunder VI) on the defence phase. Taking a break and getting something to eat (oreo's).

  • Winner Amateur Operational Image - 'Snap VCP, Northern Helmand,' by Tpr Chris Wade from Leatherhead, Surrey.

    Two soldiers and an interpreter from the Queen's Royal Lancers, QRL question an Afghan motorcyclist in Northern Helmand while his young daughter looks anxiously on. They were allowed to carry on with their journey unhindered.

  • Pro Op Image Runner Up Sgt O'Neill 'Dawn Patro

    Deploying repeatedly on the ground in the lower Nahr-E-Sahraj district as part of Operation QALB 11, the soldiers of 2 Platoon, Corrunna Company (Coy), 1 LANCS kept up the pressure of patrolling onto insurgent held ground. Letting their Afghan allies, the Afghan Uniformed Police (AUP), lead the way, they supported and advised to take the emphasis off the building of a new bridge in a spot where the Taliban had previously destroyed an old one. The patrolling was a success with repeated IED finds by the AUP who destroyed them in place. They also confiscated or destroyed items used by insurgents as they went along searching compounds in the area, which were known to be used as firing points or places for Insurgents to live. In this image: British soldiers of 1 LANCS patrol behind the AUP.

  • Pro Portfolio Winner Cpl Peters 'Breaking the

    Pictured:Soldiers from 1SCOTS bonding with their Afghan brothers at one of the checkpoints they visit regularly.

  • Am Portfolio Runner Up LCpl Chapman 'Steaming'

    Runner Up Amateur Portfolio - LCpl Ian Chapman from North Ferriby, East Yorks.

  • Am Sports & AT Winner LCoH Short 'Water Horse'

    Winner of Amateur Sport catagory - ' The Water Horse' by Lance Corporal of Horse (LCoH) Dan Short, Household Cavalry. Seen here a trainee H Cav soldier riding the horse Ink Spot, at Holkom Beach in Norfolk during a break from their ceremonial duties.

  • Am Portrait Runner Up Capt Scammell 'Watching'

    Winner - Amateur Portfolio and runner up Amateur Portrait, " WATCHING ", by Capt. Dave Scammell from Fareham. Picture of SSgt Paul Zaman from 32 Regt Royal Artillery, just back from a patrol/recce.

  • Winner - Amateur Portfolio "QUAD BIKE", by Capt. Dave Scammell from Fareham.

    Picture of Sgt Evans from the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Battery whose role providing the British Army's 'eye in the sky' in support of Land Forces on operations. At the UAS Battery and driver training area in AFG.

  • Army Photographer of the Year 2013 Cpl Jamie Peters RLC

    Overall winner of Army Phot Comp 2013

  • Pro Portfolio Runner Up Sgt Harlen Equipment

    Runner Up Pro Portfolio Army Phot Comp 2013 - 'GUARDS UNIFORM' by Sgt Adrian Harlen RLC. Major Generalís Inspection of the Public Duties Incremental Company (PDIC)

  • Runner Up Pro Portfolio Army Phot Comp 2013 - ' BEACH GALLOP', by Sgt Adrian Harlen RLC.

  • Pro Portfolio Winner Cpl Peters 'Hot under the

    Pictured: A Military Working Dog (MWD) attached to the Welsh Gaurds taking a rest from the heat under an umbrella during an operation in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

  • Pro Portfolio Winner Cpl Peters 'Celtic Warrio

    Pictured: Private Ross Cunningham from 1SCOTS cleaning his personal weapon at FOB Shawqat after a patrol to an ANA checkpoint.

  • Pro Portrait Winner Cpl Wes Calder RLC 'Powder Room'

    Private Craig Leaman From 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (1 PWRR) clears part of a trench system during a dawn attack whilst on Exercise Askari Thunder 6 in Kenya.

  • Pro Portrait Runner Up Sgt Frere 'Carl'

    Runner Up in the Professional Portrait, 'CARL' by Sgt Rupert Frere from Kent. Cpl Carl Hines Royal Artillery, provides covering fire while members of the BRF cross open ground. Troops from 4 Brigade Reconnaissance Force (BRF), on Operation QALB. Op QALB is a joint ISAF and ANSF operation, it's aim is find enemy caches and disturb Insurgent supply chains. Over all they retrieved and destroyed 1.5 tonnes of lethal weapons in two days.

  • Pro Portfolio Runner Up Sgt Harlen PR

    Runner Up Pro Portfolio Army Phot Comp 2013 - 'CHANGING OF QUEEN'S LIFE GUARD' by Sgt Adrian Harlen RLC. The Life Guards riding on to Horse Guards Parade.

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