The Royal Navy’s premier photography prize is the Peregrine Trophy. First awarded in 1962, it’s aim was to encourage photographers to produce dramatic and eye-catching images that could be used for PR purposes. Named after HMS Peregrine, a former RNAS base in West Sussex where photography was once trained, the competition is open to both RN and RM photographers.
Since 1962, the scope of the competition has broadened: as well as the main prize there are a number of subject prizes and categories for amateur service photographers. The Peregrine Trophy itself now requires a portfolio of six images to be submitted, depicting service life over the previous year. RN photographers are sometimes embedded with a ship or RM unit for up to six months and so have a great opportunity to produce shots that capture the feel of life at sea or on deployments with the RM, for example.
Commandant General Royal Marines Prize: Fleet Regional Photographic Unit North
The complete list of winners is as follows:
- Commandant General Royal Marines Prize: Fleet Regional Photographic Unit North
- Best Maritime Image: Leading Photographer Ken Gaunt
- Maritime Air Prize: Leading Photographer Kyle Heller
- Global Operations: Petty Officer Photographer Aaron Hoare
- Royal Navy Photographer of the Year: Leading Photographer Dan Rosenbaum
- RNRMC Family and Friends: Leading Photographer Guy Pool
- Best Professional image In Show: Petty Officer Photographer Aaron Hoare
- The People’s Choice Award: Petty Officer Photographer Si Ethell
- Spirit of Diversity Award: Petty Officer Photographer Owen Cooban
- Engineering Excellence Award: Petty Officer Photographer Aaron Hoare
- RN Amateur Photographer of the Year: Able Seaman Conor Alnwick
- Amateur Maritime Image Award: Petty Officer Lee Blease
- RN Amateur Open Category Award: Lance Corporal James Clarke
- Sea Cadet Amateur Open Category: Able Cadet Thompson
- Best Student Award: Leading Photographer Alex Ceolin
- RN Short-Form Digital Storytelling Video Award: Leading Photographer Sam Seeley
- RN Video Production Award: Leading Photographer Sam Seeley
Here are a few of the winning photographs.
And – from the Peregrine Trophy-winning Mobile News Team (Portsmouth), a sample from their portfolio of six shots:
Related Article: RAF photographic competition 2018
Well done to all those who entered – and of course to the winners.
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