Beautiful shot wins award for sailor

STUNNING HMS Collingwod sailor Andrew Styles' winning photograph 'German tanker and an American command platform at sunset from the bridge of HMS Montrose'
STUNNING HMS Collingwod sailor Andrew Styles' winning photograph 'German tanker and an American command platform at sunset from the bridge of HMS Montrose'
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A SAILOR from HMS Collingwood has been awarded one of the highest accolades in the Royal Navy for photography.

Petty Officer (Electrical Technician) Andrew Styles received the Peregrine Award for the best Amateur Maritime Image at the annual Royal Navy and Royal Marines photographic competition at a ceremony onboard HMS Ocean in Greenwich.

Andrew, who is on the Small Ships Weapon Engineer Officers course at Collingwood, submitted photographs to the competition that he took while deployed to the Baltic on HMS Montrose last year.

His image of a German tanker and an American command platform from the bridge of HMS Montrose won the category.

Andrew said: ‘I would certainly call myself an amateur and I take photographs because I enjoy it. I have been told I have a really good eye. Photographs I have taken before have been used in both military and civilian newspapers and often my images are used on MoD websites. ‘I entered the competition after my old boss onboard HMS Montrose suggested I should and this award is my first for photography.’

The Peregrine Trophy first entered the Photographic Branch in 1962 taking its name from the Royal Naval Air Station.

The award’s primary purpose is to encourage the production of eye-catching, powerful imagery that can be used in the media to demonstrate the Royal Navy and Royal Marines’ operations.

This year’s competition received more than 350 entrants.