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.
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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.”
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.
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: