FROM windy jettysides in Portsmouth to the flight deck of a warship in the Gulf, the navy’s photographers see all sides of the senior service.
Now a series of their stunning images have scooped awards at the Royal Navy’s annual Peregrine Trophy competition.
They are the top prizes for snappers in the navy and this year two of the best are from Gosport.
Leading Photographer Alex Knott, 39, has been named the Royal Navy Photographer of the Year.
And 37-year-old Leading Photographer Dave Jenkins, picked up an award for his images.
L(Phot) Knott, who also won a video award and the Maritime Image Award, said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted to have won the title of Royal Navy Photographer of the Year 2014 and to have won the Short Form Video and Maritime Image Award.
‘I’m humbled to be recognised in this way.
‘I’m passionate about photography and transferring to the photographic branch gave me the chance to fashion a hobby into a career.
‘For me one of the best kicks I still get is the look on people’s faces when they see themselves in a picture.’
L(Phot) Jenkins won the media operations category for his shot of a Lynx helicopter firing decoy flares over Portsmouth-based HMS Dragon.
He said: ‘I knew it would be a good shot if everything came together at the right time – the sunset, the flares and the positioning of the Lynx over the ship.
‘It is fantastic to be recognised by my peers in the photographic industry with this award.’
There was also an award for Petty Officer Airman (Photographer) Ray Jones, who won the Royal Navy video award for his footage of Portsmouth-based HMS Illustrious in the Philippines.
Captain Ian Stidston, the head of the navy’s photographic branch, said: ‘The very high standard of the images are testament to the flexibility and can-do approach of our people and highlight the dedication to both their art and their service.
‘I could not be more proud of the navy’s photographers who have managed to capture compelling still and moving images that vividly tell the story of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines on operations.’