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Corporal Peters received the accolade for his portfolio of images from 6 months in Afghanistan. He also scooped the Best Overall Image and the Professional Operational Image Awards.
His portfolio of images shows how much has changed in Afghanistan, from friendly sporting fixtures with Afghan Army counterparts to relaxed interactions with local Afghans.
Corporal Peters said:
Our tour was all about transition and redeployment. We covered a large number of base closures and handovers to the ANSF (Afghan National Security Forces) as well as partnered operations with them.
Being on the combat camera team I was able to see so much of the work that British troops do in Afghanistan, from patrols and operations in Helmand to the Officer Academy in Kabul.
Everywhere we went there was a story to tell, from the experiences of the private soldiers right up to the HQ level of planning and executing the missions.
Runner-up in the portfolio category was Sergeant Adrian Harlen. Covering the iconic ceremonial role of London’s troops, Sergeant Harlen’s portfolio is in stark contrast to the other category winners, but also demonstrates an important part of Army life.
From Baroness Thatcher’s funeral guard to the first Sikh guardsman to wear a turban on royal guard duty, the images capture the contrast of tradition in a modern world.
Sergeant Harlen said:
The opportunities in London are different from the rest of the Army, but the challenge and the skills are the same.
I learnt on operations that you can’t photograph a bullet but you can capture the human reactions; to try to tell the whole story in one image.
In my current job there’s just as much pressure to capture that split-second moment, whether it’s the ceremony of official engagements or capturing the bond between a cavalryman and his horse.
This year, for the first time, the public are able to see all the winning images from the competition at the National Army Museum in London.
As well as startling images from operations in Afghanistan the winning photographs include posed portraits, sporting images, training scenarios and ceremonial duties.