Marham Photographers Win the Big Three
Royal Air Force Photographers based at Marham have gone one better on their achievements in 2011 by cleaning up at the RAF Photographic Competition this year and winning all three of the most strongly contested categories.
The competition is an annual event open to all military and civilian photographers based at units across the RAF with hundreds of images being submitted each year. Categories range from Technical Photography to the Operational Experience and is intended to showcase the undeniable talent of the professional photographers working within the RAF. If personal pride were not enough of an incentive, each category is sponsored by leading industry organisations such as Cannon and Nikon who provide prizes for first place and use the images to promote the capabilities of their equipment around the world.
It was a tough task to emulate the achievement of last year when Marham won ‘Best Photographic Section Portfolio’, however the team rose to the challenge and not only retained their title but also won a host of other categories. Following an Out of Area deployment to Afghanistan and the Broader Middle East area, Cpl Mike Jones won the prize of ‘RAF Photographer of the Year’ with a portfolio of work obtained during his travels. SAC Andy Masson, a previous winner of Photographer of the Year in 2009, scooped the PR Image Category with his photograph entitled “Regiment Patrol” which featured Cpl Cavanah from 2620 Sqn based at Marham.
To add to the impressive haul of awards Cpl Andy Holmes got 2nd place in the Video category with a recruitment production for 2620 Sqn and SAC Chris Hill collected both a 2nd place in the Technical Category and a 3rd in the Operational Experience.
To further prove what a hot bed of photographic talent we have here at RAF Marham, SAC(T) Tim Lawrence scooped both first place and Highly Commended in the Amateur category. An achievement that will surely set him up for when he re-musters to the Photographic Trade early next year
The achievements of Marham’s Photographers this year is testament to not only their outstanding ability but also their passion and hard work. They will not be resting on their success this year and are already looking forward to future projects that will hopefully help them attain and surpass the high standards that have now been set.