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Royal Navy life on camera

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The winners of this year's Royal Navy photographic competition have been announced today.

Royal Navy photographers that deploy with warships and commando units across the world have been recognised for their talent at the prestigious annual Peregrine Trophy awards.

With over 350 professional and 65 amateur entries this year, the competition was fierce. But it was whittled down to just 6 winners by a panel of experts, with Petty Officer (Photographer) Mez Merrill taking the coveted Peregrine Trophy with his selection of 6 images.

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

As the photographers work closely with service personnel on deployment anywhere in the world, you can see that the photographs they take capture maritime operations and service life on board ship as it happens.

You can see all of the winning images for yourself and find out more about the competition on the Royal Navy website.

Fleet Air Arm helicopter crews train in Jordan
Fleet Air Arm helicopter crews train in Jordan during Exercise Pashtun Commando 2013 [Picture: Petty Officer (Photographer) Mez Merrill, Crown copyright]

Commenting at the event hosted on HMS Bulwark in London, Head of the Royal Navy Photographic Branch, Captain Ian Stidston, said:

I could not be more proud of the navy’s photographers who have managed to capture compelling still and moving images that vividly tell the story of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines on operations.

A Royal Navy chief petty officer is reunited with his family
A Royal Navy chief petty officer is reunited with his family in Portsmouth [Picture: Leading Photographer Maxine Davies, Crown copyright]