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PHOTOS: Honours for the best of the Navy's photographers capturing life in the forces

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 31, 2014

  • A Lynx from HMS Montrose by Leading Airman (Phot) Alex Knott ROYAL NAVY/PA

  • Royal Naval personnel from 845 Naval Air Squadron by POA(Phot) Mez Merrill

  • Royal Marines from 43 Commando by CPOA(Phot) Thomas McDonald

  • Royal Marines from 43 Commando demonstrating their extensive military skills and capabilities while conducting low-level training in and around Glen Fruin, Argyll and Bute, Scotland by CPOA (Phot) Thomas McDonald

  • Chief Petty Officer, CPO(UW) Cox from Gosport with his children Lucy and Harry as they are reunited at the homecoming of HMS Richmond by LA(Phot) Maxine Davies which won the Royal Navy, Royal Marines Charity Family & Friends Award in the annual awards

  • HMS Dragon's Mk8 Lynx Helicopter conducting day into night flying serial by L(Phot) Dave Jenkins which won the Media Operations Category which was awarded to the best single image that is judged to create the most impact as a news in the annual Peregrine Trophy awards

  • A team of sailors and Royal Marines from HMS Illustrious working ashore on Sicogan Island in the Philippines by Leading Airman (Phot) Nicky Wilson

  • Royal Marines at a Commando Training Centre by WO2 Richard White which won the RN Amateur Open Category Award in the annual Peregrine Trophy awards

  • HMS Defender alongside Glasgow, her affiliated city by L. (Phot) Will Haigh which won the Navy News Award in the annual Peregrine Trophy awards

  • A sea cadet by Cadet First Class Kira Robbins which won the Sea Cadet Amateur Open Category Award in the annual Peregrine Trophy awards – one of the highest honours for a young photographer in the Royal Navy

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Photographers who have captured images of life in the Royal Navy as well as the service's technical prowess have been honoured at an annual awards ceremony.

The Royal Navy photographers were "recognised for their talent, dedication and creativity" at the annual Peregrine Trophy awards in London.

The winner of the Royal Navy Photographer of the Year 2014 was Leading Airman (Photographer) Alex Knott while the Peregrine Trophy for the best portfolio of service-related subjects was awarded to Petty Officer Airman (Photographer) Mez Merrill.

The Navy's photographers join up in their own particular trade before being chosen to join the photographic branch and are then sent on deployments taking pictures of maritime operations, personnel at work and demonstrating all aspects of service life.

Captain Ian Stidston, head of the Royal Navy Photographic Branch, said: "It has been a fantastic evening that confirms how much exceptional talent and professionalism we have in the Navy's photographic branch – and also the amateur photographers who have taken some brilliant photographs.

"The very high standard of the images are testament to the flexibility and can-do approach of our people and highlight the dedication to both their art and their service. I could not be more proud of the Navy's photographers who have managed to capture such compelling images."

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