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23/10/2013 11:08 BST | Updated 27/10/2013 11:51 GMT

Stunning Imagery From The 2013 RAF Photographic Competition (PICTURES)

The Royal Air Force celebrates their annual photographic competition showcasing some truly amazing photographs in operational, military and sports imagery.

Senior Aircraftman Graham Taylor from RAF Coningsby won The 2013 RAF Photographer of the year with his winning image of a Typhoon aircraft under the star-lit sky of the Middle-East during a multi-national training exercise.

Speaking of his win he said ‘It was a massive shock, but I’m very honoured to have won. I’m delighted to be recognised and to be able to showcase my work and the role of the Typhoon force and RAF Coningsby in defending the UK’.

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A Typhoon aircraft (QO-J) of 3 (F) Sqn, RAF Coningsby, sits under the star-lit sky of the Middle-East during a multi-national training exercise

Senior Aircraftman Andy Masson won of the photograph of the year with this magnificent image entitled ‘Shard’, showing a Tornado GR4 from RAF Marham on patrol over London, with the iconic building in the background.

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Photograph of the Year 2013 'Shard' by SAC Andy Masson

Take a look at the other entrants in the gallery below (Best viewed in fullscreen)

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RAF Photographic Competition Awards 2013
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