- Abigail Drewett scooped top prize for image of a Kuwait airliner and jets from Red Arrows performing a flypast
The winners of the Royal Air Force Photographic Competition have been announced, with a selection of stunning images selected by the judges.
Jaw-dropping photographs range from a paratrooper dramatically landing in a dropzone in Switzerland to 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
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
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
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 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
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 February 20, 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 services
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 in 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
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