Royal Air Force Photographer of the Year 2012 show illuminates Royal Air Force Museum

By Culture24 Reporter | 14 January 2013
A photo of an Afghan man in profile, sitting in a grey circular hat with a white beard
Afghan Elder© UK MOD Crown Copyright 2012

Exhibition Preview: Royal Air Force Photographer of the Year 2012, Royal Air Force Museum, London, until April 30 2013

Chosen from more than 800 entries, the winning photo in this year’s RAF awards, Afghan Elder, came from the eye of Corporal Mike Jones in Kandahar.

“It was taken during an Open Day for local Afghans living close to the airfield to visit us at work,” says the RAF Marham member.

“At the open day the RAF had provided a Tornado GR4, and the crew were busy talking to a lot of excited kids and local people.

“I saw the man sitting alone to one side by the hangar door, just watching things going on.

“The conditions were perfect. As the hangar door opened there was a flood of natural light falling on him.

“It is a very natural shot. It is a striking picture that I am proud of.”

Part of a portfolio of four images examining the diversity of Air Force operations, Jones’ contributions tops an exhibition divided into categories which, according to Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, provide a dynamic showcase of the “tremendous diversity and agility” of the Force.

“They reflect the extensive breadth of Service life, the critical contribution that our personnel are making to global operations and the unique year of celebrations for the Jubilee as well as the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games,” he adds.

In its 23rd year, the display will transfer to the museum’s Cosford site after its run at Colindale.

  • Open 10am-6pm. Admission free. Follow the museum on Twitter @rafmuseum.

More pictures:

A photo of a plane with various rays of light coming out of its sides
Typhoon Light© UK MOD Crown Copyright 2012
A photo of a small bulldog standing on an urban street next to a line of partying people
Pride© UK MOD Crown Copyright 2012
A photo of a man with a beard and moustache in a suit carrying a military sword
Sikh RAF Airman© UK MOD Crown Copyright 2012
A black and white close-up photo of a man's eyes above a scarf and under a military hat
Tired Eyes© UK MOD Crown Copyright 2012
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