Friday 30th August 2019

Judging for the 2019 Royal Air Force Photographic Competition, kindly sponsored by the Royal Air Forces Association, recently took place at the Royal Air Force Museum London. Over 1,000 photos and 30 videos were entered across the competition’s 13 categories, with the best 9 images being whittled down by 3 industry professional judges, before going head-to-head online to win the ‘Peoples’ Choice’ category. 

The Awards Ceremony will take place on Thursday 3 October at the Bentley Priory Museum, home to Headquarters Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain. The ‘Peoples’ Choice’ winning image will be announced at the Ceremony.

Nick Bunting, Secretary General of the RAF Association – the charity that supports the RAF family, said:

“Every one of the hundreds of entries reminds us of the skill, professionalism and sacrifice of our serving personnel, so we’re thrilled to be supporting this competition.”

Pictured here: “Red Sparrows” at RAF Cosford airshow at RAF Cosford, Wolverhampton, on 9th June 2019. By RAF Photographer AC Harry Roberts, Defence School of Photography

This year’s judges included: freelance photographer Edmond Terakopian, Martin Keene from the Press Association, and Jim Hedge, picture editor at The Guardian. 

Edmond Terakopian said: 

“The pictures on show are of a phenomenal standard. Some very well thought out photography and it’s not simply uncontrolled action but some amazing images that have required a great deal of thought that have married creativity with timing perfectly. The level of photography has been fantastic.”

Martin Keene said: 

“I’ve seen some absolutely stunning photographs; the RAF have brilliant photographers. They get to capture the whole range of RAF’s equipment and personnel across the world and it’s resulted in some great photography on show today and I’ve loved every minute of it.”

Jim Hedge said: 

“I thought the standard overall was very extremely high quality, the spread of extremely good photographs showing the different range of subjects that you cover is a testament to the work that you do.”  

List of winning images

Winning images

Top image: A pilot celebrating his final flight with his daughter at RAF Marham. By RAF Photographer Cpl Lee Matthews.

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