Navy photographers have an eye for action

The Junior Command Course conduct their Final Exercise Land operation in March on a very cold Senny Bridge Training Area in Powys, mid-Wales. Picture: LA(Phot) Emz Nolan
The Junior Command Course conduct their Final Exercise Land operation in March on a very cold Senny Bridge Training Area in Powys, mid-Wales. Picture: LA(Phot) Emz Nolan
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Royal Marines fire on an enemy position in the desert, HMS Edinburgh turns full circle in the Atlantic, and a young navy rating holds his sweetheart after proposing.

These are three photographs which show a snapshot of the armed forces as they do their jobs around the world.

And they, along with several others, are all winners in the Royal Navy’s photo competition.

Royal Navy photographers deploy with warships and commando units wherever they go in the world.

They join up as any other rating into a particular branch before being accepted into the elite photographic unit.

Each year, the best of their images are showcased at the Peregrine Trophy awards and the winners are congratulated by First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas.

With Portsmouth being the home of the Royal Navy, many of the images shortlisted show sailors and ships from the city.

Several of them have been published alongside stories in The News to report the work of the navy at home and abroad.

Captain Ian Stidston, the head of the Royal Navy Photographic Branch, said: ‘The standard of the images are testament to the diversity and adaptability of our people and clearly demonstrate dedication to both their art and their service.

‘I could not be more proud of the way the photographers have managed to capture still and moving images that clearly tell the story of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines and the range of operations on which we deploy.’

One of the images to win an award was taken by Gosport sailor Leading Airman Guy Pool.

Guy snapped a stunning image of a young navy rating who had just proposed to his girlfriend after arriving home in Portsmouth from a seven-month deployment on HMS Diamond.

Guy, 47, was chosen as the winner of the best news photograph category.

He said: ‘I am extremely proud to have won the media ops award.

‘Homecomings are always emotional times for people to see their loved ones again after so long away and to be able to capture some of those moments is a real privilege.’

Another Gosport sailor, Leading Photographer Dave Jenkins, won two awards for a portfolio of images including a shot of two female ratings on board Portsmouth-based HMS York before she was decommissioned.