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Ready for our photo ‘chute! Stunning images of the RAF in action – from parachutists to pilots – feature among Royal Air Force photo competition entries… and YOU can help select a winner


Stunning action shots feature in the Royal Air Force Photographic Competition, with the 2023 winners announced. 

Jaw-dropping images range from an RAF transport backdropped by the aurora in Norway to a paratrooper dramatically landing in a dropzone in Switzerland and a gunner on 15 Squadron at RAF Marham set against a moody background.

The overall RAF Photographer of the Year winner was AS1 Abigail Drewett, who captured a Kuwait airliner and jets from the Red Arrows performing a flypast across the Middle Eastern country over turquoise waters on November 22 last year. 

The public will soon be able to vote on the winner of the People’s Choice category.

An RAF spokesperson said: ‘Congratulations to everyone who won, who placed and who entered, the standard of imagery on show increases year on year.’ 

RAF Photographer of the Year Winner: AS1 Abigail Drewett. A Kuwait airliner and jets from the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, took to the skies on November 22 2022 flying across Kuwait

RAF Photographer of the Year Winner: AS1 Abigail Drewett. A Kuwait airliner and jets from the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, took to the skies on November 22 2022 flying across Kuwait

Personnel: 1st Place Winner, Sgt Matty Matthews. Image shows Sgt Paddy Guillois during his final flare as he hits the Dropzone in Switzerland as part of the 2023 ZigAirMeet airshow. Descending through the Swiss Mountains made for a perfect Dropzone for the team and for Sgt Guillois

Personnel: 1st Place Winner, Sgt Matty Matthews. Image shows Sgt Paddy Guillois during his final flare as he hits the Dropzone in Switzerland as part of the 2023 ZigAirMeet airshow. Descending through the Swiss Mountains made for a perfect Dropzone for the team and for Sgt Guillois

Entry for the People's Choice category on which the public will vote. Picture by Cpl Zoe Woodfield. Pictured here is Fell Meekin, a gunner on 15 Sqn at RAF Marham. The image is taken on a disused area of the Unit with red and green gels on the flashes. RAF Marham is the home of the F-35B Lightning, a 5th Generation, multi-role, stealth fighter

Entry for the People’s Choice category on which the public will vote. Picture by Cpl Zoe Woodfield. Pictured here is Fell Meekin, a gunner on 15 Sqn at RAF Marham. The image is taken on a disused area of the Unit with red and green gels on the flashes. RAF Marham is the home of the F-35B Lightning, a 5th Generation, multi-role, stealth fighter

Current RAF Equipment: 1st Place Winner, AS1 Amber Mayall. On the evening of the 12th September 2023, the eight F-35B Lightning jets from RAF Marham continued to conduct CQs (Carrier Qualifications) on HMS Queen Elizabeth

Current RAF Equipment: 1st Place Winner, AS1 Amber Mayall. On the evening of the 12th September 2023, the eight F-35B Lightning jets from RAF Marham continued to conduct CQs (Carrier Qualifications) on HMS Queen Elizabeth

Section Portfolio: 1st Place Winner, Royal Air Force Coningsby. This picture by AS1 Nathan Edwards. RAF Coningsby Typhoon asset, pictured during a wet day on the flightline after a recent exercise to Finland in which pilots successfully landed and took off from a road

Section Portfolio: 1st Place Winner, Royal Air Force Coningsby. This picture by AS1 Nathan Edwards. RAF Coningsby Typhoon asset, pictured during a wet day on the flightline after a recent exercise to Finland in which pilots successfully landed and took off from a road

Entry for the People's Choice category on which the public will vote. Picture by AS2 Mark Dollard. On the 17th of June 2023 aircraft from across the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force took place in a flypast as part of the King's Birthday Parade, this marks the first Birthday Flypast for His Majesty King Charles III. Around 70 aircraft, including this Chinook helicopter, took part from 15 different locations across the UK, forming over the south-east of England before making their way to the capital and flying over The Mall and Buckingham Palace

Entry for the People’s Choice category on which the public will vote. Picture by AS2 Mark Dollard. On the 17th of June 2023 aircraft from across the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force took place in a flypast as part of the King’s Birthday Parade, this marks the first Birthday Flypast for His Majesty King Charles III. Around 70 aircraft, including this Chinook helicopter, took part from 15 different locations across the UK, forming over the south-east of England before making their way to the capital and flying over The Mall and Buckingham Palace

Entry for the People's Choice category on which the public will vote. Picture by Sgt Matty Matthews/MOD/RAF. Image shows C17aircraft, ZZ175, on the deck at Bardufoss Airbase in Norway with the Northern Lights shining above. The plane was on the ground supporting Ex CLOCKWORK, the British Military's annual Extreme Cold Weather exercise in Norway

Entry for the People’s Choice category on which the public will vote. Picture by Sgt Matty Matthews/MOD/RAF. Image shows C17aircraft, ZZ175, on the deck at Bardufoss Airbase in Norway with the Northern Lights shining above. The plane was on the ground supporting Ex CLOCKWORK, the British Military’s annual Extreme Cold Weather exercise in Norway

RAF Sports: 1st Place Winner, Miss Luka Waycott. UK, USA, Poland, Estonia, Germany, Holland Visit RAF Halton to Compete in the Inter Nations Cross Country Tournament. Ladies Race and Men's Race. Consent Obtaned by Home for Sport and Cpl Carl Tuker (organiser of event) for Social Media Platforms. RAF Halton is Home for Sport

RAF Sports: 1st Place Winner, Miss Luka Waycott. UK, USA, Poland, Estonia, Germany, Holland Visit RAF Halton to Compete in the Inter Nations Cross Country Tournament. Ladies Race and Men’s Race. Consent Obtaned by Home for Sport and Cpl Carl Tuker (organiser of event) for Social Media Platforms. RAF Halton is Home for Sport

Entry for the People's Choice category on which the public will vote. Picture by AS1 Craig Williams. Pictured are F-35B jets from 207 Sqn, RAF Marham preparing for take off onboard HMS QNLZ whilst on Ex PANTHER FURY. Image taken on 20 February 2023

Entry for the People’s Choice category on which the public will vote. Picture by AS1 Craig Williams. Pictured are F-35B jets from 207 Sqn, RAF Marham preparing for take off onboard HMS QNLZ whilst on Ex PANTHER FURY. Image taken on 20 February 2023

Entry for the People's Choice category on which the public will vote. Picture by AS1 Kirwan-Taylor/MOD/RAF. Pictured is Cypriot National Guards and British Army 1 Lancaster Regiment, training for exercise Zeus as part of a foreign affair contingency. Taken on the 05th July 2023

Entry for the People’s Choice category on which the public will vote. Picture by AS1 Kirwan-Taylor/MOD/RAF. Pictured is Cypriot National Guards and British Army 1 Lancaster Regiment, training for exercise Zeus as part of a foreign affair contingency. Taken on the 05th July 2023

RAF Operations and Exercise: 1st Place Winner, Ian Forshaw. Juno helicopter from 1 fts RAF Shawbury in the kings coronation flypast. this aircraft is used to train pilots and rear crew from all three service

RAF Operations and Exercise: 1st Place Winner, Ian Forshaw. Juno helicopter from 1 fts RAF Shawbury in the kings coronation flypast. this aircraft is used to train pilots and rear crew from all three service

RAF Feature: 1st Place Winner, AS1 Natalie Adams. An F-35B Lightning Jet from 617 Squadron is transported onto the aft lift from the Hangar up to the Flight Deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth while on the autumn deployment of Operation Achillean, 2022

RAF Feature: 1st Place Winner, AS1 Natalie Adams. An F-35B Lightning Jet from 617 Squadron is transported onto the aft lift from the Hangar up to the Flight Deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth while on the autumn deployment of Operation Achillean, 2022

Entry for the People's Choice category on which the public will vote. Picture by Cpl Adam Fletcher.Crews from British Forces South Atlantic Islands (BFSAI) have helped deliver 300 drums of fuel by Air Dispatch to Sky Blue DZ, Antarctica using an A400M, supported by a Voyager from Mount Pleasant Complex (MPC), Falklands

Entry for the People’s Choice category on which the public will vote. Picture by Cpl Adam Fletcher.Crews from British Forces South Atlantic Islands (BFSAI) have helped deliver 300 drums of fuel by Air Dispatch to Sky Blue DZ, Antarctica using an A400M, supported by a Voyager from Mount Pleasant Complex (MPC), Falklands



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