A soldier’s life: From hush-hush manoeuvres to feeding the dog, brilliant pictures showcase the full variety of a career serving Queen and country
A stirring collection of photographs capture what life is really like for British servicemen and women at work and at home.
The captivating images were released by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and show the best entries from its annual photography competitions from recent years.
They include an Army handler training his dog as sunlight streams through the gaps in a wooden door, and a soldier in camouflage making a shushing motion while on an exercise.
The charity, which was founded 75 years ago, is looking for amateur and professional photographers to capture images showing different aspects of life in the British Army for this year’s competition.
Previous judges have included British explorer, adventurer and ambassador for The Soldiers’ Charity, Levison Wood; Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chiefs of Staff Committee, Glenn Haughton; actor Tom Burke, who starred in in the BBC adaptation of JK Rowling’s The Cuckoo Calling; and actor Luke Pasqualino, who starred in BBC Drama Our Girl.
This year’s contest closes on April 30, 2019. Details of how to enter can be found here. Sales of calendars raise funds for the charity, which provides financial and practical support to soldiers, veterans, and their immediate family in times of need.
These captivating images were released by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and show the best entries from its annual photography competitions from recent years. This image, taken by Steven Fisher in 2014, is called Go Seeks and shows a British Army handler giving instructions to his dog
This picture by John Baxendale is called Shhhh and shows a soldier in the British Army on patrol as part of a training exercise. The competition attracts hundreds of entries every year and offers a unique glimpse behind the scenes of military life
Reflections, taken by Dan Short in 2014, shows a Farrier in the Household Cavalry reflected in one of the axes they take on parade. A farrier is a smith who shoes horses, and they traditionally carried the axe into battle and used the spike to put down wounded horses
Georgina Davies, whose husband serves in the Army, shot this photo of a soldier cradling his baby. Daddy’s Arms was taken in 2013 and highly praised by the judges in that year’s competition
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Picture by Trevor Sheehan from 2016 called The Next Generation shows a Gunner, based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, showing an ammunition cartridge to the son of a soldier serving in the Parachute Regiment, who has borrowed his father’s beret
The Blue Beyond by Captain Lou Rudd came joint second in the 2018 contest. Mr Rudd is in the SAS and the picture shows him battling through the snow in Antarctica in December 2016. He was about 300 miles from the South Pole at the time, leading a 6-man team of Army Reservists on an epic 1,100-mile crossing of the continent to raise money for charity. The team successfully completed the journey, unsupported, in 67 days
Murray Kerr’s picture from 2014, Old and New, was taken at the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Great War in Glasgow in August 2014. He said: ‘Both the young officer cadet and the veteran had been involved in the parade and I thought it would make a great photo opportunity to have them looking back at the Great War via the commemorative newspaper produced for the event’
Mr Kerr took this photo, Band Practice, in 2015 on Horseguards Parade in London. He said: ‘I was on the roof of the building during a rehearsal event, so many important events happen there and it’s important to keep your eye open for an original picture. The people in the picture are musicians in the Guards Band wearing their iconic uniform’
Leila Ross took Remembering in 2016. It shows a shadow over red Poppy petals lying on the ground. She wrote as the caption: ‘After the Loughborough Remembrance Day Service and the poppy drop from the Carillon War Memorial, a lone shadow remembers’
Dan Short’s photo from 2015, Beautiful Music, shows soldiers parading on horseback. He said: ‘I took this photograph of the Band of the Household Cavalry, while on their way to Horse Guards Parade Ground’
Trevor Sheehan, from Hexham, Northumberland, came first in the 2013 contest for his picture, Dog Days, showing a sniffer dog with its handler. The photo was taken on a training day before the soldier went to Afghanistan
Steve Jones won the 2018 competition with this photo, Daddy’s Girl, showing a soldier walking alongside his young daughter. Mr Jones said after winning: ‘I am truly honoured to be voted overall winner and can’t quite believe it. I am a self-taught photographer who took a risk and started my business head first and full-time’
‘Take the Strain’ by Shane White, showing a tug of war competition in Army training, came in third place in 2018. The judges included British explorer, adventurer and Ambassador for The Soldiers’ Charity, Levison Wood Army Sergeant Major Glenn Haughton and Major General (Ret’d) Martin Rutledge, CEO of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity
The runner-up for 2018 was ‘Veterans in Scarlet’ by Paul Buchanan, which shows a group of Chelsea Pensioners in their bright red uniforms. The photo was taken during an event in central London in 2017
‘Wheels at Dusk’ by Murray Kerr shows soldiers watching a helicopter land at sunset on the beach and was among the finalists in the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity photography competition 2018
Roy Newport’s picture ‘Coming into Land’ shows a member of the RAF parachute regiment gliding through a clear blue sky
‘Winter Defences’ was taken by Philip Carr and shows two soldiers starting the difficult task of making a shelter out of corrugated metal in the snow and bitter cold
‘Stay Frosty’ shows a British soldier in sub-zero temperatures while on patrol. It was taken by photographer Liam Swan
Steve Samosa from 2014, from Prescot, Merseyside, was runner up for his picture, Guns in Action, showing soldiers in camouflage while on a training exercise
Dan Short took a photo in 2014 of a Household Cavalry horse being exercised on Holkham Beach in Norfolk. He said: ‘This was about being in the right place at the right time’
Ride Into The Unknown, by Ed Stewart, shows soldiers inside a Herrick 17 helicopter flying to a new patrol base in Afghanistan. He said: ‘The feelings of uncertainty of what I was about to experience made the journey quite nerve racking!’
David Stearne took this picture in 2012 of a proud Coldstream guardsman with African tribal facial scars at the Tower of London
RAF photographer Lee Matthews, from Cirencester, took the photo Sniper Shot, showing the sun glistening through a rifle, in 2015
Jason Fenton, a staff sergeant in the Royal Marine base in Poole, took this photograph of a soldier on a parachute exercise in 2016
RAF photographer Lee Matthews, from Cirencester, came third for this photo, Ice Men, which was taken at the Ice Sports Championships in 2016. He said: ‘I never believe there is a perfect picture, you try your best to get there as I do with all my shots learning as you go’
Two veterans ride home from a commemorative event with military badges on their lapels in this photo taken by William Smith in 2014
Dawn Patrol shows a platoon of the Army Air Corps on patrol. It was taken in 2015 by Sergeant Ben Houston
Kate Knight took a photo in 2013 of a cadet dressed in camouflage and practising an ambush. She said: ‘This picture was taken when they were preparing to move through the woods. I wanted to give a sense of concealment, so the muted colour tones and the cam cream on his face really helps’
This 2016 photo from Steve Samosa shows the Queen inspecting the Royal Guard at Balmoral. He said: ‘The Queen is greeted in style by the Royal Regiment of Scotland as she arrives in Balmoral for her summer break. The traditional ceremony outside the gates of Balmoral Castle was held to mark the Queen’s official arrival in Scotland’
The Queen inspecting the Royal Guard at Balmoral in 2016. Mr Samosa said: ‘The Queen is greeted in style by the Royal Regiment of Scotland as she arrives in Balmoral for her summer break. The traditional ceremony outside the gates of Balmoral Castle was held to mark the Queen’s official arrival in Scotland’
This year’s contest closes on April 30, 2019. Details of how to enter can be found here.
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