The Peregrine Trophy 2015

The award’s primary purpose is to encourage the production of eye-catching, powerful imagery that can be used in the media to demonstrate the Royal Navy and Royal Marine’s operations. The role of photography, portraying the work of the Royal Navy has never been more important.

Media operations have great operational significance and successful public relations are a key aspect of taking our message to an increasingly sophisticated public.

The Peregrine Trophy is awarded to the photographic section or unit submitting the best portfolio of six images of Service-related subjects captured throughout the year.

History of the Peregrine Trophy

The Peregrine Trophy first entered the RN Photographic Branch in 1962, taking its name from HMS Peregrine, a Royal Naval Air Station where photographic training once took place.

From 1962 the competition was held at the RN School of Photography at HMS Daeadalus, Lee on the Solent. The trophy was awarded to an individual photographer judged to have taken the best photograph during the preceding year. 

The trophy was first won by Naval Airman Nick Gosney from HMS Seahawk with a picture titled ‘Wren at play’ (a close up of a Wren with puffed out cheeks playing in the volunteer band at RNAS Culdrose).

In 1963 the Peregrine Trophy award grew and was awarded for 6 photographs in the categories of HM Ships, RN aircraft, trade activities, ceremonial, recreational activities and a free open subject. Today the Peregrine Trophy is still awarded to a unit or section with the best portfolio of 6 images depicting personnel, equipment and operations of today’s Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

It is a coveted prize which is deemed the highest award a photographer can win within the Royal Navy Photographic Branch.

History of the Royal Navy Photographic Branch

For nearly a century the men – and later women – of the Royal Navy’s Photographic Branch have been charged with capturing the actions of the Senior Service on operations, training and exercises around the globe.

Formed in 1919 initially for reconnaissance and intelligence purposes, the official photographers quickly developed a sideline – producing pictures for their shipmates to snap up.

Today the 42-strong photographic branch is busier than ever, recording the Royal Navy and Royal Marines at work – and at play – and supporting front-line missions.

After completing intensive training at the Defence School of Photography at RAF Cosford, photographers move to Royal Navy, Royal Marines or Fleet Air Arm bases to work alongside their colleagues.

They frequently spend six or seven months deployed with ships, squadrons or Royal Marines, sending images and video footage back to the UK for use by the nation’s media.

In short, wherever you find the Royal Navy on operations, you will find a Royal Navy photographer capturing vivid imagery to tell the Navy’s story.

Peregrine Trophy Winner 2015

Chief Petty Officer Tam McDonald heads-up the close-knit team of photographers based at HM Naval Base Clyde, capturing the Royal Navy and Royal Marines in action around Scotland, Northern England and further afield.  

Tam’s team, the Regional Photographic Unit (North), scooped the top award with all six images contained within the portfolio captured by Tam himself.  

Tam’s career as a photographer has taken him around the globe, capturing Royal Navy and Royal Marine activity in Former Yugoslavia (845 Naval Air Squadron), Iraq in 2003, with 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines and most recently in Afghanistan.  

His keen eye for an image has made Tam one of the most successful professional snappers in the Royal Navy’s history, with multiple awards for his photography gained over the years and his images frequently appearing in the national media and in national advertising campaigns.

I feel very privileged to have won the Peregrine Trophy, in our specialisation it is regarded as the premier recognition of our work

Peregrine Trophy 2015

Fleet Photographic Unit (North) - Chief Petty Officer Thomas “Tam” McDonald

Awarded to the section or unit that has submitted the best portfolio of six prints (black and white and/or colour) of Service-related subjects.

Sponsor: Calumet

Peregrine Trophy 2015

Commandant General Royal Marines Prize

Leading photographer Joel Rouse - 42 COMMANDO

Awarded for the best portfolio of three prints, depicting Royal Marines related subjects.

Sponsor: Calumet

Maritime Air prize

Petty Officer Photographer Julian ‘Mez’ Merrill

Awarded for the best photograph of one or more Royal Navy helicopters, this category is specifically for rotary wing images.

Sponsor: Medialogix

Peregrine Trophy 2015
Peregrine Trophy 2015

Life Without Limits Award

Leading Photographer Dan Rosenbaum

Awarded to the best photograph of a member of the Royal Navy/Royal Marines undertaking their duties, training, on exercises or operations.

Sponsor: Bright Publishing

diversity & inclusion award

Leading Photographer Derek Wade

Awarded for the best single image that demonstrates the Royal Navy’s diversity and inclusion policy.

Sponsor: EY

Peregrine Trophy 2015

Royal Navy Photographer of the Year

Leading Photographer Stephen Johncock

Awarded to the best portfolio of 4 photographs of a Service-related subjects submitted by an individual.

Sponsor: Canon


Peregrine Trophy 2015

Media Operations

Leading Photographer Dan Rosenbaum

Awarded to the best single image that is judged to create the most impact as a news photograph.

Sponsor: Nikon

RNRMC Family and Friends

Leading Photographer Ian Simpson

This category encourages entrants to capture heart-warming moments between Naval Service personnel and their friends, family, children and loved ones.

Sponsor: RNRMC

Peregrine Trophy 2015
Peregrine Trophy 2015

Navy News Award

Leading Photographer Jaysan Allen

Awarded to the photographer whose picture has had the most impact in the pages of Navy News over the last 12 months.

Sponsor: Navy News

RN Amateur Photographer of the Year

Captain David Ian Burns RN

Awarded to the best portfolio of 2 Service-related photographs submitted by an individual.

Sponsor: Lockheed Martin UK Ltd

Peregrine Trophy 2015
Peregrine Trophy 2015

Best Maritime Image

Petty Officer Photographer Simon Ethell

Awarded for the best photograph depicting Royal Navy or Royal Marines equipment, including ships, submarines, aircraft, weapons and equipment large & small.

Sponsor: Fuji

Amateur Maritime Image Award

Petty Officer Engineering Technician Andrew Styles

The RN Amateur Maritime Image Award awarded to an individual for the best Maritime photograph of a ship, submarine or aircraft.

Sponsor: Lockheed Martin UK Ltd

Peregrine Trophy 2015
Peregrine Trophy 2015

RN Amateur Open Category Award

Lieutenant Jamie Weller RN

Awarded to the single best photograph of an RN/RM theme that combines technical excellence, creativity and impact.

Sponsor: Lockheed Martin UK Ltd

Mark Hipkin Award

LA(Phot) Dave Jenkins

In memory of Petty Officer Photographer Mark Hipkin, who tragically died in a car accident returning from duty.  Mark was an inspirational individual who lived life to the full and always used to say that he was ‘living the dream’.

Awarded annually to the photographer who has continuously demonstrated a high level of dedication and enthusiasm for the branch and wider Royal Navy.

Sponsor: Altered Images

Peregrine Trophy 2015

Sea Cadet Amateur Open Category

Able Cadet Henry - Sea Cadets South York District

Awarded to the single best photograph of a Sea Cadet theme that combines technical excellence, creativity and impact.

Sponsor: MSSC

Peregrine Trophy 2015 List of Winners

The Peregrine Trophy

The Peregrine Trophy is awarded to the section or unit that has submitted the best portfolio of six prints (black and white and/or colour) of Service-related subjects.

Winner: Fleet Photographic Unit North CPO Thomas 'Tam' McDonald

The Royal Navy Photographer of the Year 2014

Awarded to the best portfolio of four photographs of Service-related subjects submitted by an individual. 

Winner: Leading Photographer Stephen Johncock

The Maritime Air Prize

Awarded for the best photograph of one or more Royal Navy helicopters, this category is specifically for rotary wing images.

Winner: Petty Officer Photographer Julian ‘Mez’ Merrill

The Commandant General Royal Marines' Prize

Awarded for the best section or unit portfolio of three prints depicting Royal Marines related subjects. 

Winner: 42 Commando Royal Marines – LA Joel Rouse

The Best Maritime Image Award

Awarded for the best photograph depicting Royal Navy or Royal Marines equipment, including ships, submarines, aircraft, weapons and equipment large and small.

Winner: Petty Officer Photographer Simon Ethell

The Royal Navy ‘Life Without Limits’ Award

Awarded to the best photograph of a member of the Royal Navy/Royal Marines undertaking their duties, whether undergoing training, on exercises or operations. 

Winner: Leading Photographer Dan Rosenbaum

Media Operations Category

Awarded to the best single image that is judged to create the most impact as a news photograph.

Winner: Leading Photographer Dan Rosenbaum

Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity Family & Friends Award

Awarded to the best single image that captures heart-warming moments of Naval service personnel and their friends, family, children and loved ones.

Winner: Leading Photographer Ian Simpson

Diversity & inclusion Award

Awarded for the best single image that demonstrates the Royal Navy’s diversity and inclusion policy

Winner: Leading Photographer Derek Wade

The RN Amateur Photographer of the Year Award

Awarded to the best portfolio of 2 Service-related photographs submitted by an individual.

Winner: Captain David Ian Burns

The RN Amateur Maritime Image Award

Awarded to an individual for the best Maritime photograph of a ship, submarine or aircraft. 

Winner: Petty Officer Engineering Technician Andrew Styles

The RN Amateur Open Category Award

Awarded to the single best photograph of an RN/RM theme that combines technical excellence, creativity and impact.

Winner: Lieutenant Jamie Weller

Navy News Award

Awarded to the photographer whose picture has had the most impact in the pages of Navy News over the last 12 months

Winner: Leading Photographer Jaysan Allen

Sea Cadet Amateur Open Category Award

For Cadets aged between 13 and 18. Awarded to the single best photograph of a Sea Cadet theme that combines technical excellence, creativity and impact.

Winner: Able Cadet Henry from Sea Cadets South York District

RN short form Digital Story Telling Video Award

Awarded to the best individual entry that captures and tells the story of life in the RN/RM. 

Winner: Petty Officer Photographer Simon Ethell

RN Video Award

Awarded to the best individual entry reflecting the RN/RM experience which can be of any Defence related subject including operational footage as well as footage shot in support of operations demonstrating creativity, technical proficiency and appropriate impact in ‘telling the story’.

Winner: Leading Photographer Rhys O’Leary

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