The awards ceremony for the annual Royal Navy Photographic Competition, The Peregrine Trophy, took place at Trinity House, London, yesterday, Thursday 30 June 2011.
The awards recognise the diversity, talent and creative ability of Royal Navy photographers, highlighting the operational activities of the Service.
Named after HMS Peregrine Royal Naval Air Station in Sussex, the competition dates back to 1961 and showcases the talent of the professionals of the Navy’s Photographic branch and keen amateur photographers.
The Peregrine Trophy aims to encourage and recognise the production of eye-catching images that capture the spirit, ethos and unique capability of the Naval Service.
The Royal Navy and Royal Marines are routinely deployed on operations all around the world, and the images highlight the diversity of these naval operations. Featured are photographs and footage, ranging from the operational theatres of Afghanistan, to the latest warships patrolling the oceans, to people, places and events around the world - often in extraordinary circumstances.
See Related Links for a gallery of some of the winning images from this year’s Peregrine Trophy.
The Peregrine Trophy runs annually and comprises 14 professional classes, a student award, and three amateur categories.
This year’s winners are:
HMS Ark Royal, winner of The Peregrine Trophy - awarded to the Section or Unit submitting the best portfolio of six prints, sponsored by BAE Systems.
Petty Officer (Photographer) Sean Clee, winner of The Royal Navy Photographer of the Year 2011 - awarded for the best portfolio of four photographs of Service-related subjects submitted by an individual, sponsored by Calumet Ltd; and The Maritime Air Prize - a category specifically for Rotary Wing Naval Aviation images and awarded for the best photograph of Royal Navy helicopters; and RN Video Production Award.
Leading Airman (Photographer) Si Ethell (40 Commando Royal Marines), winner of The Commandant General Royal Marines’ Prize - awarded for the best section or Unit portfolio of three prints, depicting Royal Marines related subjects, sponsored by Calumet Ltd.
Leading Airman (Photographer) Kyle Heller, winner of Media Operations Award - awarded to the best single image that is judged to create the most impact as a news photograph, sponsored by Nikon UK Ltd.
Leading Airman (Photographer) Steve Johncock, winner of The Royal Navy ‘Life Without Limits’ Award - awarded to the best photograph of a member of the Royal Navy/Royal Marines undertaking their duties, whether undergoing training, on exercises or operations, sponsored by Veritec Global Ltd.
Leading Airman (Photographer) Alex Knott, winner of The Best Maritime Image Award - awarded for the best photograph depicting Royal Navy or Royal Marines equipment, including ships, submarines, aircraft, weapons and equipment large & small, sponsored by Fuji UK Ltd.
Leading Airman (Photographer) Jason Ballard, winner of The RN Student Award - awarded to encourage and recognise technical ability and creativity amongst RN students passing through the Defence School of Photography on the Defence Photographer Course (CN5300) in the previous 15 months, sponsored by Altered Images.
Leading Airman (Photographer) Luis Holden, winner of The Navy News Award - awarded to the photographer whose picture has had the most impact in the pages of Navy News over the last 12 months 2011, sponsored by Navy News.
Leading Airman (Safety Equipment) Brian Aitkenhead (RNAS Culdrose), winner of The Amateur Photographer of the Year - awarded for the best portfolio of two photographs of Service-related subjects submitted by an individual, sponsored by Lockheed Martin UK Ltd.
Lieutenant Mike Curd RN, winner of The Amateur Open Category - awarded to the single best photograph of an RN/RM theme that combines technical excellence, creativity and impact. Entries may be in either black and white or colour and may be from film or a digital source, sponsored by Lockheed Martin UK Ltd.
Leading Engineering Technician (Weapons Engineer) Gordon Russell, winner of The Amateur Maritime Category - awarded to an individual for the best Maritime photograph of a ship, submarine or aircraft
Sam Piper, aged 17, from the Caterham Sea Cadet Unit, winner of The Sea Cadet Open Category - awarded to the single best photograph of a Sea Cadet theme that combines technical excellence, creativity and impact. Entries may be in either black and white or colour and may be from film or a digital source.