HMS Diamond's Wildcat helicopter conducts a test firing of her flares. Picture: LTCDR Clark/Royal Navy
Everything from emotional homecoming scenes to fiery explosions and daring raids by Royal Marines have been snapped by the navy’s top photographers.
Now their work has been celebrated in the navy’s annual photographic competition – the Peregrine Trophy Awards.
Royal Navy photographers are charged with telling the stories of sailors and Royal Marines around the world through still imagery and video, taking them on deployments with warships and commando units wherever they may go.
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Pictured is Marine John Allen of Alpha Company, 40 Commando Royal Marines with an Army Commando and a Marine patrolling in the river at Belize as part of Exercise Curry Trail. This exercise sees participants develop jungle warfare capabilities for Commando Forces up to and including live fire section drills. February 14, 2019. Consent form signed and held at 30 Cdo. Picture: PO(Phot) Si Ethell/Royal Navy
In the past year their imagery and video has covered everything from Royal Marines training in the frozen Arctic circle to maritime security operations across the seven seas.
Leading Photographer Sam Seeley was named the Royal Navy’s photographer of the year by the judges for his portfolio of imagery from operations all over the world.
Sam said: ‘It is humbling to win this award and have your work appreciated. I believe I have the best job in the Royal Navy – thanks to the variety of the work and the unknowns.
‘One day you’re with the Royal Marines storming a beach and the next you’re landing in a helicopter on the back of a frigate in the North Sea. This job gives you some real money can’t buy moments.’
HMS Sutherland Homecoming. Type 23 frigate HMS Sutherland will be making an emotional return to her home port of Devonport on Friday 10th August following a seven-month deployment to the other side of the world. Picture: L(Phot) Barry Wheeler/Royal Navy
Sam joined the Royal Marines when he was 20, gaining his coveted green beret and deploying to Afghanistan with 40 Commando where he trained the local Afghan police. He later specialised as a mountain leader, and ultimately joined the Surveillance Reconnaissance Squadron before becoming a Royal Navy photographer.
This year the awards were judged by Jane Sherwood of Getty Images, Richard Collins of Practical Photographer magazine, Maya Germaine of the Walker Photographic Agency, Jack Ashdown from Great State, Mark Tattersall of Artlab Films, and Vince Knight of Vince Knight Productions.
HMS Albion's Commanding Officer, Captain Tim Neild (Back) with Executive Warrant Officer WO1 Mark Thrift (front)as they are welcomed to Korea. Picture: PO PHOT Dave Jenkins/Royal Navy
Assault Engineer Training. Royal Marines from across 3 Commando Brigade have been conducting an Assault Engineer (AE) concentration package in Caerwent, Wales. The men have gone through a fast paced and explosive 2 week evolution, testing current tactics and procedures and looking at new and innovative capabilities to retain the Royal Marines cutting edge on the battlefield. Picture: Leading Photographer Dean Nixon/Royal Navy
England U20s Womens Football at CTCRM. England U20s world cup Football Team spent 48hrs with the Royal Marines Commandos in Lympstone as part of their build up to the World cup. Picture: LPhot Ken Gaunt/Royal Navy
Royal Marines take time out of a busy exercise schedule. Picture: LCpl James Clarke/Royal Navy
A Royal Navy Merlin Helicopter from the Commando Helicopter Force lands in a clearing in Norway. Picture: LCpl James Clarke/Royal Navy
Exercise Sabre Strike Final Attack.Today 12th June 2018, the final attack happened at an abandoned old soviet military camp in Skrunda, Latvia. Armed Forces from the United States, Norway and Royal Marines from the U.K played Enemy while Canada, Spain, Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Latvia were all fighting to defend the base.
Royal Marines from 45 Commando have joined American Marines and Norwegian Soldiers to form the Viking Battle Group for Ex Sabre Strike 18, The Exercise is a large-scale NATO led training package in the Baltic states. Picture: Leading Phot Dean Nixon/Royal Navy
Engineering Delivery Group HMNB Devonport.
Individuals from the Engineer Delivery Group (EDG) operating within various workshops around HMNB Devonport. The group is instrumental in the delivery of the Naval Engineer Strategy 2017 which focused on putting the maintainer at the heart of the support solution. Picture: L(Phot) Barry Wheeler/Royal Navy