2019 Army Photographic Competition

Breaking new ground, a Yorkshire soldier becomes the first female to scoop the title of British Army Photographer of the Year. 

The winners of this year’s Army Film and Photographic Competition have been revealed at a prestigious ceremony in London.

And unique in the history of the event, Corporal Rebecca Brown has become the first female soldier to win the top gong: British Army Photographer of the Year.

The 29 year old, known as Becky to her colleagues, is a former combat medical technician with 4 Armoured Medical Regiment. Currently based with the combat camera team at Army Headquarters in Andover, she also came runner-up for Best Online Image and also runner-up for her Professional Sport and Adventure Training pictures. 

In a benchmark year for the event, a record number of video packages were entered and judges also had to sift through more than 700 still imagery submissions.

The results of the 16 categories were kept on close hold until the evening of the awards, which took place tonight at the National Army Museum in Chelsea. 

Becky, from Beverley in east Yorkshire, was named British Army Photographer of the Year after scooping both the winner and runner-up award in the Professional Portfolio category.

Command Master Photographer, Warrant Officer Class One Daniel Harmer, said: “It’s an amazing achievement for Cpl Rebecca Brown. Not only did she excel in numerous categories in this year’s competition, she justifiably won and was also runner-up in the most sought-after category of Professional Photographer of the Year, being the first female professional photographer to win this elite prize. 

“Cpl Brown is a fine role model for the photographic trade and has clearly shown her talent, skill and motivation in the role as a British Army photographer. I’m so please for her. She has definitely set the highest of standards for future Army Film and Photographic Competitions”.  

WO1 Harmer said: “The overall standard of what we’ve seen is a new high. The awards is a showcase of excellence and a celebration of what’s been achieved in 2019. The photographer’s role is so important in capturing the British Army’s history.”

Winner of the Professional Open Video category was Corporal Ben Beale for his piece, entitled Recruit Smith. Ben, 34, from Sherbourne in Dorset, also won the Professional Telling a Story award.

Cadet Sergeant Ali Fawzi, 17, from Harrow in London, was this year’s youngest winner. He captured an image while on a battlefield tour in France with 201 Harrow Detachment Army Cadet Force. He scooped the Cadet Life category with a photo of a colleague taking a moment of silent reflection at the grave site of a fallen soldier.

WO1 Harmer said: “Army photographers are the professional eyes and documenters of the military actions that shape our times. Often working in extreme conditions and environments, their iconic imagery captures moments in history and very often the very deepest of human emotions with vivid honesty and clarity.  

“The best photographs and moving imagery have been selected from more 700 still imagery submissions and a record high of 90 video productions, ranging from the professional to the enthusiast. The material captured shows the wide variety of roles, areas of operations and gives an insight to what’s it like to be a member of the British Army.

"This year saw more than 17.5k people vote for the best online image and a 70 per cent increase in video submissions. The excellent standard of what was submitted made it the toughest challenge for the judges, who took more than four hours to conclude the judging.

"The skill is not only in content capture, but in the planning, storyboarding, messaging and post production and, in many cases, while working in some of the most challenging and physically demanding environments in the world."  

The National Army Museum (NAM) in Chelsea, London, where the awards ceremony took place, has featured an exhibition of 2018’s competition winners since December 20 and will feature an exhibition of this year’s winning content from January 23 to February 13, 2020.

Photographs of our Army on operations, at home and on exercise, are an integral part of the way the National Army Museum tells the story of the soldiers who serve Britain. Justin Maciejewski, Director at the NAM

Justin Maciejewski, Director at the NAM, said: “They enable us to give colour, character, clarity and context to the complex reality of life in the Army.  These photographs form an important historic legacy of the British Army and it is wonderful to see such talent amongst our soldiers.

“Their work proudly stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the work of their civilian professional contemporaries. I think all of the entrants are worthy winners and whether they make the top prize or not, we are proud to have their work in the collection of the National Army Museum.”

 

 

Winners

  • Professional Category Portfolio: Corporal Rebecca Brown Royal Logistic Corps
  • Overall Professional Army Image: Corporal Nick Johns Royal Logistic Corps
  • Professional Category Portrait: Corporal Jonathan Adams Royal Logistic Corps
  • Professional Category Story: Corporal Ben Beale Royal Logistic Corps
  • Professional Category Soldiering: Corporal Nick Johns Royal Logistic Corps
  • Professional Category Sport/Adventure Training: Sergeant Ben Maher Royal Logistic Corps
  • Professional Open Video: Corporal Ben Beale Royal Logistic Corps
  • Best Online Image (voted by the public): Major Mike Thwaite Parachute Regiment
  • Operation Camera: Lance Corporal James Clarke Royal Marines
  • Operation Smartphone: Mr Charlie Perham Ministry of Defence
  • Cadet Life: Cadert Sergeant Ali Fawzi Army Cadet Force
  • Amateur Category Portfolio: Corporal Danny Houghton Royal Logistic Corps
  • Amateur Category Portrait: Colour Sergeant Liam Swan Grenadier Guards
  • Amateur Category Sport/Adventure Training: Colour Segeant Phil Carr Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment
  • Amateur Category Soldiering: Major Mike Thwaite Parachute Regiment

 Runners up

  • Professional Category Portfolio: Corporal Rebecca Brown Royal Logistic Corps
  • Professional Category Portrait: Corporal Ben Maher Royal Logistic Corps
  • Professional Category Story: Sergeant Any Reddy Royal Logistic Corps
  • Professional Category Soldiering: Corporal Jamie Hart Royal Logistic Corps
  • Professional Category Sport/Adventure Training: Corporal Rebecca Brown Royal Logistic Corps
  • Professional News Video: Sergeant Tom Evans Royal Logistic Corps
  • Professional Open Video: Sergeant Jonathan van Zyl Royal Logistic Corps
  • Best Online Image (voted by the public): Corporal Rebecca Brown Royal Logistic Corps
  • Operation Camera: Lance Corporal James Clarke Royal Marines
  • Operation Smartphone: Captain Iain Maclennan Army Air Corps 
  • Cadet Life: Cadert Corporal Arwen Moses Army Cadet Forces
  • Amateur Category Portfolio: Bombadier Murray Kerr Royal Artillery
  • Amateur Category Portrait: Bombadier Murray Kerr Royal Artillery
  • Amateur Category Soldiering: Major Mike Thwaite Parachute Regiment

Winner of Professional Open Video Category - Corporal Ben Beale Royal Logistic Corps