Spectacular Winning Photos of The 2020 Royal Air Force Photographic Competition

Judging for the 2020 Royal Air Force Photographic Competition has recently taken place with the winners chosen. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this year’s competition was reduced from 13 categories to just four: Personnel, Current RAF Equipment, RAF Operations and Exercises and the “Peoples’ Choice”.

Over 900 images were submitted across the competition’s three categories, with the best nine images chosen by the three industry professional judges.


Personnel, 1st place. A student from No 1 flying training school at RAF Shawbury prepares a flight using night-vision goggles. (Photo by Mr Ian Forshaw/2020 RAF Photo Competition)

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Personnel, 2nd place. A parachute jump instructor films a soldier carrying out a qualifying freefall jump as part of Exercise Quick Glass. (Photo by Cpl Ben Tritta/2020 RAF Photo Competition)


Personnel, 3rd place. RAF Odiham military boxing evening: SAC Brad Axe, an RAF firefighter based at RAF Odiham, celebrates having won against a local fighter called Micky. (Photo by Cpl Rob Travis/2020 RAF Photo Competition)


RAF Equipment, 1st place. Stars illuminate the sky over the Falklands Islands as an RAF Typhoon aircraft passes. (Photo by Sgt Andy Holmes/2020 RAF Photo Competition)


RAF Equipment, 2nd place. RAF Chinooks from Joint Helicopter Command completed the largest movement of artillery in recent history. A combination of seven aircraft from both RAF Odiham and RAF Benson, along with Joint Helicopter Support Squadron, organised the movement of 105mm light guns in support of 16 Air Assault Brigade conducting a raid on Salisbury plain during their three-week Gunnery confirmation exercise. (Photo by Cpl Rob Travis/2020 RAF Photo Competition)


RAF Equipment, 3rd place. A Typhoon FGR Mk4 of 29 Squadron Operational Conversion Unit, RAF Coningsby, taxis after a training flight. (Photo by Sgt Paul Oldfield/2020 RAF Photo Competition)


RAF Equipment, highly commended. An RAF Chinook performs a simulated water insertion over a lake. (Photo by Cpl Tim Laurence/2020 RAF Photo Competition)


Operations & Exercises, 1st place. An RAF Voyager aircraft sits in the harsh winter weather at Mount Pleasant Complex, Falkland Islands, while personnel work to ensure the snow is cleared. (Photo by Sgt Andy Holmes/2020 RAF Photo Competition)


Operations & Exercises, 2nd place. A 12 Squadron Eurofighter Typhoon banks as the 3 ship formation flies over RAF Coningsby. (Photo by SAC Hazel Reader/2020 RAF Photo Competition)


Peoples Choice, winner. Operations & Exercises, 3rd place. Personnel from 84 Squadron, RAF Akrotiri, take part in a medevac exercise on HMS Enterprise. During the exercise a winchman (Flight Sergeant Dan Whittington) from the Griffin HAR2 helicopters rearcrew was winched on to the vessel’s deck and assisted the Royal Navy medical team in extracting a dummy casualty. (Photo by Cpl Phil Dye/2020 RAF Photo Competition)


Operations & Exercises, highly commended. A Chinook Mk6a approaches low over the water towards Whaley dam with an underslung load of sandbags to drop. RAF Odiham Chinook Force helped spread sandbags over the dam wall in Whaley Bridge after around 400 tonnes of aggregate were brought in to plug the dam and divert water away from the town. (Photo by Cpl Rob Travis/2020 RAF Photo Competition)


Other entries. An A400M based at RAF Brize Norton prepares for an Operation Broadshare sortie to the Turks and Caicos Islands. This image was one of 900 submitted to this year’s competition. (Photo by Cpl “Matty” Matthews/2020 RAF Photo Competition)


Other entries. Members of the RAF Falcons parachute display team take part in Exercise Falcon Stack at Lake Elsinore in California. This image was one of 900 submitted to this year’s competition. (Photo by SAC Connor Tierney/2020 RAF Photo Competition)


Other entries. The Red Arrows showcase their skills during a practice at RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire. This image was one of 900 submitted to this year’s competition. (Photo by Cpl Adam Fletcher/2020 RAF Photo Competition)


Other entries. An RAF Hercules C-130J aircraft prepares for departure at RAF Akrotiri Base in Cyprus. This image was one of 900 submitted to this year’s competition. (Photo by Sgt Neil Bryden/2020 RAF Photo Competition)


Other entries. An RAF CH-47 Chinook of 18 Squadron, from RAF Odiham, pauses between training sorties at Caernarfon airport after a refuel. This image was one of 900 submitted to this year’s competition. (Photo by Cpl Tim Laurence/2020 RAF Photo Competition)

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