The Peregrine Trophy 2018

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.

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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. 

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

Interested in becoming a Royal Navy Photographer

Joining up as any other rating into a particular trade such as logistics, engineering or warfare specialists, or marine, RN photographers work hard to excel at their chosen field before being accepted into the elite photographic branch.

If you are interested in transferring to the photographic specialisation, please read RNTM 026/16.

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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 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.

Peregrine Trophy Winner 2018

THE MOBILE NEWS TEAM (PORTSMOUTH)

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

Sponsor: Calumet

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Commandant General Royal Marines Prize

Fleet Regional Photographic Unit North

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

Sponsor: Calumet

Best Maritime Image

Leading Photographer Ken Gaunt

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

Sponsor: Fuji

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Maritime Air prize

Leading Photographer Kyle Heller

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

Sponsor: Medialogix

global Operations

Petty Officer Photographer Aaron Hoare

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

Sponsor: Nikon

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Royal Navy Photographer of the Year

LEADING PHOTOGRAPHER DAN ROSENBAUM

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

Sponsor: Canon

Leading Photographer Dan Rosenbaum was named Royal Navy photographer of the year by judges for his portfolio of imagery from all over the world.

He said, "To win an award in the Peregrine Trophy is a moment to be proud of in itself but to win photographer of the year, which is effectively the pinnacle of what all photographers aim for, is undoubtedly the proudest moment of my photographic career."

LPhot Rosenbaum is now deployed in HMS Argyll capturing all elements of her deployment to the Asia pacific region.

*From LPhot Rosenbaum's winning portfolio, the background image shows HMS Monmouth's Royal Marines and Royal Navy Boarding Team conducting embarkation drills.

 

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RNRMC Family and Friends

Leading Photographer Guy Pool

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

Sponsor: RNRMC

Best Professional Image in Show

Petty Officer Photographer Aaron Hoare

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

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The People's Choice Award

Petty Officer Photographer Si Ethell

Awarded to the photographer whose image was chosen by the readers of Navy News.

Sponsor: Navy News

Spirit of Diversity award

Petty Officer Photographer Owen Cooban

Awarded to the single best photograph, combining creativity and impact that illustrates the diversity and inclusive culture of the Naval Service.

Sponsor: EY

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Engineering Excellence Award

Petty Officer Aaron Hoare

Awarded to the single best photograph, combining creativity and impact that illustrates engineering talent, that inspires future Naval Service Engineers, and informs the wider public.

Sponsor: NSSL

RN Amateur Photographer of the Year

Able Seaman Connor Culwick

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

Sponsor: Lockheed Martin UK Ltd

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Amateur Maritime Image Award

Petty Officer Lee Blease

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

RN Amateur Open Category Award

Lance Corporal James Clarke

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

Sponsor: Lockheed Martin UK Ltd

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Sea Cadet Amateur Open Category

Able Cadet Thompson

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

Sponsor: MSSC

Best Student Award

Leading Photographer Alex Ceolin

Awarded for the best photograph from a trainee photographer at RAF Cosford, where the photographers undergo their training before joining the branch

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Peregrine Trophy Video CATEGORY Winners 2018

RN short form Digital Story Telling Video Award

Awarded to the individual entry that best captures and tells a story of life in the Naval Service. The video must be under 90 Seconds and designed to be viewed on social media. Technical proficiency and craftwork will be judged, but the story chosen to be told and how the viewer is guided through the story will be key. 

Winner: Leading Photographer Sam Seeley - FPRU(E), Whale Island

Sponsor : E3

Royal Navy Video Production Award

Awarded to the best individual entry reflecting the RN/RM experience and core values, which can be of any Defence related subject including operational footage. Demonstrating creativity, technical proficiency, craftwork and appropriate ‘story telling’ impact in less than 4 minutes.

Winner: Leading Photographer Sam Seeley - FPRU(E), Whale Island

Sponsor: CTN

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