Army Photography Awards reveal the remarkable talents of soldiers in Afghanistan

By Culture24 Reporter | 09 October 2013

They capture the everyday lives of soldiers serving on the frontline in Afghanistan and offer insights that civilian press photographers can only dream about. 

a photo of soldiers with picks and shovels lit against a settting sun
Professional Operational Image winner: Cpl Peters, Sunset Soldiers© Cpl Jamie Peters, RLC
The talents of amateur and professional Army photographers have been revealed today at the National Army Museum where the winners of the Army Photography Awards 2013 have been announced.

The absorbing images of army life are displayed at the Museum from October 10 until October 22 and include several by Cpl Jamie Peters who deployed to Afghanistan for six months as the photographer for the Army’s Combat Camera Team (CCT).

Cpl Peters scooped the best overall image for his shot, Celtic Warrior (below), of a heavily tattooed soldier of the 1st Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland (1SCOTS) cleaning his personal weapon after an early morning patrol to an Afghan National Army checkpoint.

Delta Company 1SCOTS, based at Forward Operating Base Shawqat, formed part of the Brigade Advisory Group for Operation HERRICK 17.

The ‘Jocks’ as they are affectionately known are there to Mentor and Advise the Afghan National Army (ANA) in conducting operations within Helmand Province so that security can be transitioned to ANSF control.

a photo of a soldier emerging from a dust-filled trench with sandbags on the top
Professional Portrait winner: Cpl Calder, The Powder Room© Cpl Calder
Cpl Peters’ also secured the prize for Best Professional Portfolio with a string of images including Sunset Soldiers (above), which recalls the iconic silhouette images of soldiers during the First World War as it captures Sappers from 21 Engineer Regiment working to de-construct a Hesco Bastion building in Patrol Base Nahidullah. 

“Being on the CCT I was able to see so much of the work that British Troops do in Afghanistan from patrols and operations in Helmand to the Officer Academy in Kabul,” says Cpl Peters.

“Everywhere we went there was a story to tell, from the experiences of the private soldiers right up to the HQ level of planning and executing the missions."

Cpl Peters’ tour was all about transition and redeployment and he covered a large number of base closures and handovers to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).

“We followed soldiers from the 'front line' patrolling and closing or handing over their bases all the way back to Camp Bastion and onto an RAF aircraft home.”

His photos join a string of images taken by serving soldiers - of servicemen at rest and at work - that candidly document some otherwise unseen sides of army life.

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a black and white photo of a bare chested soldier with tatoos cleaning his rifle
Best Overall Image: Cpl Peters, Celtic Warrior© Cpl Peters
a photo of a bare headed solider staring straight into the camera
Amateur Portrait, Runner Up: Capt Scammell, Watching© Capt. Scammel
a photo of a soldier reclining in a rocky dugout
Amateur Portrait, Winner: Sgt Van Zyl, Rocky Slumber© Sgt Van Zyl
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