Entry to the Photography Competition is now open!

The Soldiers’ Charity photo competition is now in its fifth successful year! The competition is hosted to find images for the annual Soldiers’ Charity calendar and is open to both professional photographers and amateur photographers alike.

The winning entry, Daddy's Girl by Steve Jones
The winning entry, “Daddy’s Girl” by Steve Jones

We are delighted that explorer Levison Wood was able to give us his time and take on the photographs shortlisted. Of the winning image, he remarked: “This is a stunning image that conveys peacefulness and joy. The juxtaposition of the girl and presumably her father is mesmerizing. It’s a well lit, intelligently composed, simple and yet truly beautiful picture.”

This year’s first place winner, Steve Jones, took this fantastic image in Parkhurst Forest on the Isle of Wight last June as part of a special “Father’s Day” photoshoot. It was a gift from a little girl to her daddy before he was deployed again. I am truly honoured to have been voted overall winner and can’t quite believe it.” Steve is self-taught and started his own business from scratch. “To get such recognition, especially amongst such incredible talent of photographers, is a fantastic achievement and I am truly grateful.” Steve continues: “ Having recently become a new father to a little girl, I can see more clearly the sacrifice service men and women make for both their country and family and knowing that my work will be used to help raise money to support these families when they need it is a wonderful feeling.”

Army Sergeant Major Glenn Haughton OBE helped to judge our entries and was particularly struck with this (below), ‘Veterans in Scarlet’, our second place runner-up taken by Paul Buchanan. Glenn said: “This image captures everything we espouse – Service, Duty, Bravery and National Pride.”

Paul Buchanan’s Veterans In Scarlet took the second prize.
Paul Buchanan’s “Veterans in Scarlet” took the second prize.

Chief Executive of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Maj Gen (Retd) Martin Rutledge CB OBE, was extremely impressed by the standard and range of imagery entered into this year’s competition. He said: “Yet again the entries to our photographic competition wonderfully demonstrate the richness and variety of Army life and the people who make up our Army Family.  I very much commend everybody who entered – it was with great difficulty that I helped to select the winners’.

We have some fantastic prizes on offer this year!

We have a pair of tickets for HM The Queen’s Birthday Parade, Trooping the Colour, at Horseguards Parade in London.

You could also win a tour of the stunning Edinburgh Castle and observe the one o’clock gun.

Or enjoy a morning coffee while watching the mounting of the guard at Wellington Barracks before visiting the Guards Museum.

Shane White’s Take the Strain placed third

The 2019 calendar is available from early September via the charity’s online shop with all proceeds going directly to support soldiers, veterans and their immediate families.  Have you pre-ordered yours yet?

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