02 July 2019
A series of astonishing pictures from emotional homecoming scenes to fiery explosions give a glimpse behind the scenes of the daring work carried out by Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines around the world.
The impressive set of images showing operations, training, equipment and sport were all taken by Royal Navy sailors and marines to capture the amazing work undertaken by the naval service around the world.
Now the skilled photographers have been recognised for their perfect pictures in the Royal 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.
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.”
Sam joined the Royal Marines when he was 20, gaining his coveted green beret and deploying to Afghanistan with Taunton-based 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.
Joining up as any other rating into a particular trade such as logistics, engineering or warfare specialists, RN photographers work hard to excel at their chosen field before being accepted into the elite photographic branch.
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.
Peregrine trophy winner 2019
FLEET REGIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC UNIT WEST
The Peregrine Trophy is awarded to the Royal Navy photographic section or unit that has submitted the best portfolio of six prints (black and white and/or colour) of service-related subjects captured throughout the year.
This year’s winning portfolio features diverse imagery from around the globe. From the Royal Navy’s surface fleet to the submarines of the Silent Service, to the elite Royal Marines, the imagery from across the Naval Service impressed the judges to win the top prize.
One of three Teams, the photographers based in Plymouth are ready to deploy around the world at short notice. They are trained to operate at sea, on land and in the air, in extreme conditions from the desert to the arctic.
The role of photography portraying the work of the Royal Navy has never been more important.
This award is designed to encourage the capture of eye-catching, powerful imagery that can be used in traditional and digital media to demonstrate the Naval Service on operations.
Royal Navy Photographer of the Year
LEADING PHOTOGRAPHER SAMMY SEELEY
The Photographer of the Year award goes to the photographer with the best portfolio of four photographs of service-related subjects submitted by an individual.
Leading Photographer Sammy Seeley was named Royal Navy photographer of the year by judges for his portfolio of imagery from his deployment on HMS Sutherland to the Far East.
His portfolio included:
- A winching serial on HMS Sutherland.
- A Royal Marine sniper in front of HMS Sutherland’s ‘fearless’ wildcat.
- Royal Marines during a boarding
He said, “Winning is always so nice and humbling. Having your work appreciated when it might not have made press or might not have been seen on line makes it all so much better.
My favourite of the four was the ‘Winchman’ image, I was laid down on the flight deck on my back with the Wildcat hovering directly above, a shot I had desired to get the whole trip.”
Sponsor: Canon UK
Best Maritime image
Leading Photographer Leading Photographer Will Haigh
Awarded for the best photograph depicting Royal Navy or Royal Marines equipment, including ships, submarines, aircraft, weapons and equipment large and small.
Commandant General royal marines prize
WINNER: 30 COMMANDO ROYAL MARINES
Awarded for the best portfolio of three prints, depicting Royal Marines related subjects.
For a full details of the many awards please go to the RN website: the link to their site is: https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/news/2019/july/02/190702-peregrine-trophy
Go to the bottom of the article on the competition and then click on the Peregrine Trophy “Find out More” box to see full details of the various awards.