Army photographer Jamie Peters of Jedburgh has beat off stiff competition to win a coveted title in a nationwide military photographic competition.
Corporal Peters, an army photographer with the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC), has won Best Overall Image, as voted for by the public on Facebook in this year’s Army Photographic Competition.
His winning shot of an Apache helicopter flying over a large explosion, taken during an air show – Fireball Flyers – topped the public poll with 1,671 likes, narrowly beating sniper image, Armed and Dangerous, by Steve Dock, of Soldier Magazine, with 1,595.
Jamie, who has been in the photographic branch for four years, was delighted to win the new online category, saying: “I was pretty happy when I found out I’d won.
“It’s a good feeling that lots of people enjoyed my image more than the other ones.
“I was checking regularly,” said 35-year-old Jamie, who is currently based at the army’s headquarters in Andover. “From the beginning my image and one other were getting more likes. It was a closely-fought battle between the two.”
Jamie, who currently lives in Buckinghamshire with wife Vicky, said: “The photo was taken at the Royal International Air Show at RAF Fairford. I spoke to the Apache Display Team guy and got the timetable of events for that weekend.
“On the Sunday, I was up in the grandstand with about 400 other aviation enthusiasts, I suppose you’d call them, all with huge long lenses snapping away.
“It all came together and the pilot was in the right position and I got the image I envisaged beforehand. I knew it was unusual because you don’t really see an Apache with a big explosion behind it.
“Normally, when they’re firing at things they’re hundreds of feet up in the air. So, it was quite unique. And explosions always look good with military equipment. That’s what everyone thinks the army does – blows stuff up and shoots stuff.”
Entries, including best portrait, best soldiering image and video and multimedia, were judged by Jane Sherwood, picture editor on the Sunday Express; Jon Mills of SWNS Picture Agency and Brigadier Nick Orr of the Army Media and Communication (AMC) branch.