The Soldiers’ Charity photo competition is now in its fourth 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.

After the judges sifted through nearly 100 extremely strong submissions, and after much debating, three winners were decided. The subjects photographed ranged from military training exercises in the sublime Californian desert to an emotional reunion of a mother and her son.

Photo Competition for The Soldiers' Charity, Murray Kerr, Section Commander
Murray Kerr, “Section Commander”

Choosing the winner of the competition was not easy, but the strong panel of judges finally came to a decision. This year’s panel consisted of Major General Sue Ridge DG ALS, Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Philip Jones, Major General (Ret’d) Martin Rutledge CB OBE, as well as actor Tom Burke, who will star as wounded veteran Cormoran Strike in the BBC adaptation of JK Rowling’s The Cuckoo Calling, and actor Luke Pasqualino, who starred in BBC Drama Our Girl as Special Forces Officer, Elvis Harte.

Following the deliberations of the judging panel, 12 photos were selected to be incorporated into the Charity’s 2018 calendar.

Photo Competition for The Soldiers' Charity,
Jason Fenton, “Airborne”

In first place was Murray Kerr, a professional photographer for the Army, for his “Section Commander” photographer. Murray elaborates on his shot by explaining that “the picture was taken of an Officer Cadet from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) practicing section attack live firing on exercise in Grafenwohr Training area, Bavaria, in March 2017.”

Upon learning of his winning image, Kerr stated that he was “very pleased to have done so well. It’s a great competition and knowing that it will be in a calendar to raise funds for The Soldiers’ Charity makes it even better.”

Second place went to Jason Fenton for “Airborne” – a photo taken during Exercise Burmese Chase – and third place to Captain Lou Rudd for “The Blue Beyond”, which captures him battling across heavy sastrugi in Antarctica during the SPEAR17 expedition in December 2016.

Photo Competition for The Soldiers Charity, Captain Lou Rudd, “The Blue Beyond”
Captain Lou Rudd, “The Blue Beyond”

Tom Burke observed that “the standard of the photographs in this year’s competition was incredibly high. I have so little to say about Murray’s photo because it’s just amazing. I’m no expert. And he clearly is much more than an expert! Fenton’s image is effortlessly playful and Rudd’s is extremely atmospheric. Three deserved winners.”

In agreement with him was Luke Pasqualino, who said “During my time working on Our Girl, I got to meet serving soldiers who shared some of their experiences, a lot of which touched my heart. I believe that Murray Kerr was a deserved winner as his shot was truly inspiring. Another image that stood out for me was Trevor Sheehan’s ‘Welcome Home Son’, as it feels so personal and passionate. I was honoured to have been asked to help judge this competition for The Soldiers’ Charity.”

Photo Competition for The Soldiers' Charity, Captain Lou Rudd, The Blue Beyond
Trevor Sheehan, “Welcome Home Son”

The three winners will each receive a brand new Canon camera, kindly donated by Canon UK and WEX Photographic. The prizes will be presented at one of The Soldiers’ Charity event this Autumn.

The calendar goes on sale in September and will be available via the Charity’s online shop with all proceeds going directly to support soldiers, veterans and their immediate families.

The Soldiers’ Charity is pleased to announce the launch of their 2018 photo competition where the winners will feature in their 2019 calendar. The competition is open to amateur and professional photographers, with the key theme of the British Army.

To enter, please submit your entries by midnight on Monday 30th April 2018.

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