Images from Kenya snap up awards in this year’s British Army Photographic competition

Jumping for Joy by Corporal Becky Brown
'Jumping for Joy' which has won the Professional Story category. The photograph shows African children jumping with joy in front of a Battle Field Ambulance after receiving treatment from Army Medical Personnel during Exercise ASKARI SERPENT 18. Photo: Corporal Becky Brown RLC / British Army

Photographs taken in Kenya have been named as winners in two categories from this year’s Army Photographic competition.

The first, Sergeant Dek Traylor RLC’s image titled ‘Get Up Here’ won the Professional Soldiering category.

Sergeant Traylor’s photograph shows soldiers from the 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, together with their attached supporting units, honing both their fighting and their fieldcraft skills on the baked Kenyan savannah as part of the six-week long Exercise Askari Storm with the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK).

Exercise Askari Storm
Sgt Dek Traylor’s photo ‘Get Up Here’ shows a soldier giving orders during an attack. Photo:
Sergeant Dek Traylor / MoD Crown

Corporal Becky Brown RLC, who won the Pro Story category with a series of photographs taken in Kenya during Exercise Askari Serpent, said she was delighted to win as three years ago, before she joined the photographic trade, she won an Amateur category.

Among her winning photographs were images showing Kenyan children jumping for joy in front of a Battle Field Ambulance after receiving treatment from Army Medical Personnel, British Army medics working alongside their counterparts in the Kenyan Defence Force and a combat medic entertaining children in the waiting area with bubbles.

Professional photographer Corporal Tom Evans won the Photographer of the Year Award with his professional portfolio of images portraying military life during the past 12 months.

33-year-old Tom from Newbury in Berkshire, who also won the Best Overall Image award for a stunning photo entitled ‘Guardian Angel’, has visited Kenya, Canada, Afghanistan, Estonia and Poland with his work.

“Being a photographer is the best job in the Army,” said Tom who is based in Brecon, Wales. “I get to see the whole Army, every trade and every cap badge and see them at work in so many exciting and varied places across the world. That gives us a unique perspective on it all.”

Army Photographic Competition Winners

Professional Category Portfolio: Corporal Tom Evans RLC

Overall Professional Army Image: Corporal Tom Evans RLC

Professional Category Portrait: Corporal Becky Brown RLC

Professional Category Story: Corporal Becky Brown RLC

Professional Category Soldiering: Sergeant Dek Traylor, RLC

Professional Category Sport/Adventure Training: Sergeant Paul Randall, RLC

Best Online Image (voted by the public): Corporal Amrit Thapa, Royal Gurkha Rifles

Op Camera: Sergeant Pete George, RAF

Op Smartphone: Corporal Lee Matthews, RAF

Video: Tim Jones, formerly RLC, now Fire Service

Social Media Video: Sergeant Jonathan van Zyl RLC

Cadet Life: Cadet Jasmine Roper, Scarborough ACF

Amateur Category Portfolio: Corporal Sam Jenkins

Amateur Category Portrait: Colour Sergeant Liam Swan

Amateur Category Sport/Adventure Training: Lance Corporal of Horse Adam Blackmore-Heal

Amateur Category Soldiering: Corporal Sam Jenkins

Army Photographic Competition Runners up

Professional Category Portfolio: Sergeant Paul Randall RLC

Professional Category Portrait: Mr Mark Owens

Professional Category Story: Sergeant Donald Todd RLC

Professional Category Soldiering: Corporal Becky Brown RLC

Professional Category Sport/Adventure Training: Sergeant Jamie Peters RLC

Op Camera: Senior Aircraftsman (SAC) Amy Lupton, RAF

Amateur Category Portfolio: Adult Under Officer Kate Knight (LNR ACF)

Amateur Category Portrait: Adult Under Officer Kate Knight (LNR ACF)

Amateur Category Sport/Adventure Training: Corporal Jamie Hart

Amateur Category Soldiering: Trooper Tom Franks

Video: Sergeant Russ Nolan RLC

Social Media Video: Sergeant Jonathan van Zyl RLC

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