RAF Photographic Competition HC - Cat A The Low Fly Cpl Matthews

Thursday 10th November 2022

Judging for the 2022 Royal Air Force Photographic Competition sponsored by Wex Photo/Video recently took place with the winners chosen.

With over a thousand images and 35 videos submitted, the 11 judges found themselves spending 7 days trying to narrow down their final choices, before selecting a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and highly commended across the competition’s various categories.

From those selected, the best 9 images were then chosen to go head-to-head in the now annual Peoples’ Choice category where the general public can vote over the next 2 weeks via the Royal Air Force’s official Facebook page for their favourite image. With the result announced at the RAF Photographic Competition Awards in RAF Bentley Prior on November 24th.

Amongst the winners Cpl Tim Laurence of RAF Odiham walked away as RAF Photographer of the Year with his portfolio of six images. The 2022 Photographic Section portfolio going to the Royal Air Force College Cranwell.

Competition Judges had the following to say.

The Times Picture Editor Ben Jones said “I would like to say a big thanks for giving me the opportunity to Judge this year’s competition and offer my congratulations to the winners and highly commended. Well done all. You deserve to be very proud, there were a lot of superb images in this contest.

The technical quality of images submitted were of a high standard and the huge variety of subject matter served to intensify the competition. The ability to spot and execute an image under huge pressure is rare talent. I have nothing but respect for their skill as photographers and bravery as people to get in the right place at the right time.”

Assistant Editor, Modern Military Josef Campion said “Firstly I would like to thank RAF Photographers for the honour to be a judge in this year’s competition. Secondly congratulations not just to the winners but to every entrant. The imagery was of excellent standard and the level of thought and dedication to every image was easily noticeable. I cannot express enough how difficult it was to decrease the 154 images down to 6.”

RAF Photographic Competition Results 2022.

Category A – Personnel.

1st Place. “Recruits getting younger these days” Mr Andrew Wheeler, RAFC Cranwell

2nd Place. “The X Factor” Mr Andrew Wheeler, RAFC Cranwell

3rd Place. “XV” Cpl Amy Lupton, RAF Marham

Highly Commended.  “Counting Sheep” AS1 Jason Russell, RAF Odiham

Highly Commended. “The Low Fly” Cpl Lee Matthews, JADTEU, RAF Brize Norton

Category B – The Mallett Student Trophy.

1st Place. AS2 Alexandra Naughalty, RAF Valley

2nd Place. AS1 Benjamin Drake, RAF Leeming

3rd Place. AS1 Hamilton Palmer, RAF Odiham

Highly Commended. AS1 Jaden Hewitt, JHC FS Aldergrove

Highly Commended. AS2 Harris Williams, RAF Honington

Category C – Photographic Section Portfolio.

1st Place. RAFC Cranwell

2nd Place. RAF Marham

3rd Place. RAF Valley

Highly Commended. JADTEU, RAF Brize Norton

Highly Commended. RAF Coningsby

Category D – Peoples’ Choice.

The following 9 images have been selected for online public voting via the RAF Facebook page. Winner will be announced 21 Nov 22.

  1. “Recruits getting younger these days” Mr Andrew Wheeler, RAFC Cranwell
    RAF Photographic Competition 2022
  2. “90 not out” Cpl Tim Laurence, RAF Odiham
  3. “Blackjack” Cpl Lee Matthews, JADTEU, RAF Brize Norton
  4. “Triumph and Pain” AS1 Iain Curlett, RAF Benson
  5. “Striker” Cpl Lee Matthews, JADTEU, RAF Brize Norton
  6. “XV” Cpl Amy Lupton, RAF Marham
  7. “Lightning Pride” Sgt Rachel Malthouse, RAF Marham
  8. “The Rock Show” Cpl Will Drummee, Photo ACSSU, RAF Halton
  9. “3-2-1-Break” Cpl Tim Laurence, RAF Odiham

Category E – RAF Feature.

1st Place. AS1 Emily Muir, RAF Valley

2nd Place. AS1 Eoin Kirwan-Taylor, RAF Coningsby

3rd Place. AS1 Maryanne Williams, RAF Coningsby

Highly Commended. AS1 Abby Drewett, RAFAT, RAF Waddington

Highly Commended. AS1 Tom Cann, Photo ACSSU, RAF Halton

Category F – RAF Sports.

1st Place. “Tug ‘o’ War” AS1 Ben Mayfield, RAF Marham

2nd Place. “Triumph and Pain” AS1 Iain Curlett, RAF Benson

3rd Place.  “In the Surf” AS1 Emily Muir, RAF Valley

Highly Commended. “Clearing the Mind” AS1 Jake Hobbs, RAF Cosford

Highly Commended. “Play in the Mud” Mr Richard Beattie, RAF Wyton

Category G – The Amateur Category.

1st Place. Mr James Penberthy

2nd Place. Mr Ben Murphy

3rd Place. Mr Martyn Foss

Highly Commended. Flt Lt Andy Donovan

Highly Commended. Mr Jared Barnes

Category H – RAF Photographer of the Year.

1st Place. Cpl Tim Laurence, RAF Odiham

2nd Place. AS1 Hamilton Palmer, RAF Odiham

3rd Place. Cpl Lee Matthews, JADTEU, RAF Brize Norton

Highly Commended. AS1 Samantha Holden, Photo ACSSU, RAF Halton

Highly Commended. AS1 Tom Cann, Photo ACSSU, RAF Halton

Category I – Current RAF Equipment.

1st Place. “After Midnight” Cpl Will Drummee, Photo ACSSU, RAF Halton

2nd Place. “Omen” Cpl Lee Matthews, JADTEU, RAF Brize Norton

3rd Place. “My House” AS1 Connor Tierney, Photo ACCSU, RAF Halton

Highly Commended. “Low Level” Sgt Andy Holmes, RAF Benson

Highly Commended. “Punch it Chewie” AS1 Tom Barnard, Photo ACSSU, RAF Halton

Highly Commended. “No Ordinary Job” Cpl Babbs Robinson, RAF Akrotiri

Category J – Technical/Engineering Photography.

1st Place. “Gold” Cpl Beth Roberts, RAF Valley

2nd Place. “Graduated Filter” AS1 James Skerrett, RAF Waddington

3rd Place. “The Shape of things past” Mr Richard Beattie, RAF Wyton

Highly Commended. “Chamber is Clear” AS2 Leo Moharram, RAF Coningsby

Highly Commended. “Flux Leakage” AS1 Shauna Martin, RAF Waddington

Category K – RAF Operations & Exercises.

1st Place. “The Rock Show” Cpl Will Drummee, Photo ACSSU, RAF Halton

2nd Place. “Sand” Cpl Lee Matthews, JADTEU, RAF Brize Norton

3rd Place. “Holy Diver” AS1 Tom Cann, Photo ACSSU, RAF Halton

Highly Commended. “The Perfect View” AS1 Abby Drewett, RAFAT, RAF Waddington

Highly Commended. “Green On” Cpl Lee Matthews, JADTEU, RAF Brize Norton

Category L – Video.

1st Place. “Eagle Lightning” AS1 Samantha Holden, Photo ACSSU, RAF Halton

2nd Place. “Red Flag Alaska” AS1 Tom Cann, Photo ACSSU, RAF Halton

3rd Place. “Slovak Falc” Cpl Lee Matthews, JADTEU, RAF Brize Norton

Highly Commended “Video Games” Cpl Will Drummee & AS1 Samantha Holden, Photo ACSSU, RAF Halton

Highly Commended. “Vigilance” AS1 Tom Barnard, Photo ACSSU, RAF Halton

Top image: RAF Photographic Competition 2022 Image of a 47 Squadron C-130J Hercules pilot flying through the low-flying system. Category A – Personnel. “The Low Fly” Cpl Lee Matthews, JADTEU, RAF Brize Norton.

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