RAF competition reveals stunning photos

More than 1,000 still photos and 30 videos were entered into this year’s RAF Photographic Competition and judging has just taken place. Below are some of the leading images.

The best nine images were selected by industry professional judges and will now go head-to-head online to win the ‘Peoples’ Choice’ category.

The Awards Ceremony will take place on Thursday 3 October at the Bentley Priory Museum, home to Headquarters Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain. The ‘Peoples’ Choice’ winning image will be announced at the ceremony.

Nick Bunting, secretary general of the RAF Association, the charity that supports the RAF family, said: “Every one of the hundreds of entries reminds us of the skill, professionalism and sacrifice of our serving personnel, so we’re thrilled to be supporting this competition.”

This year’s judges included freelance photographer Edmond Terakopian, Martin Keene from the Press Association and Jim Hedge, picture editor at The Guardian.

Edmond Terakopian said, “The pictures on show are of a phenomenal standard. Some very well thought out photography and it’s not simply uncontrolled action but some amazing images that have required a great deal of thought that have married creativity with timing perfectly. The level of photography has been fantastic.”

2019 RAF photo competition winners
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Winner of the Amateur Military category: Simon Hall

See more winning Images here

Secon din the Amateur Military category: Ollie Kearsay
Third: Mal Durrin
Respect! Royal Air Force Benevolant Fund event at RAF Odiham celebrating the RAFBF 100 Birthday. © MOD Crown Copyright 2019. Photographer: Cpl Rob Travis
RAF 27 Squadron Chinook CH-47 helicopter from RAF Odiham flying in formation with two United States Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallions in Arizona, USA. Photo: SAC Ed Wright
27 Sqn Tactical evaluation sortie over Dartmoor. This Included moving Royal Marines as part of a training exercise, low level flying and a rear wheel landing on a tor. Photo: Cpl Rob Travis
The Red Arrows over Greece’s sea. Photo: Cpl Ashley Keates
The Red Arrows pull up and loop over the top in Short Diamond formation just before the Spaghetti Break over their home base of RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire. Photo: Cpl Ashley Keates
A Royal Air Force CH-47 Chinook helicopter rests at night during a training mission in Arizona
“Op Coldstare” and A400M tanker visits the South Atlantic Islands of South Georgia and Sandwich Islands. Photo: Sgt Paul Oldfield


  1. Some stunning photography here – the pic of a Chinook executing a rear-wheel landing on a Dartmoor tor leaves little to the imagination! But run a (digital, of course) set-square and ruler over that pic of the Red Arrows in formation over the sea and marvel at the precision of their flying, even away from the public gaze!

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