The winners of The British Armyu2019s annual photography competition have been announced. The competition, which is open to British Army staff and seeks to recognise photography as a skill for the army, incorporated a range of military themed categories.

The winners of The British Army?s annual photography competition have been announced. The competition, which is open to British Army staff and seeks to recognise photography as a vital skill for the army, incorporated military themed categories including Army Experience, Army Equipment, Sports and a special digital category.

Each category was judged for both professional and amateur winners, with the Best Overall Image crown going to SSgt Paul Brownbridge for his image ?Recce Patrol?. SSgt Brownbridge also walked away with the title of Professional Photographer of the Year thanks to his work as Chief Photographer at NATO?s Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe.

Further category winners include WO2 Dave Scammell (Amateur Photographer of the year), amateur SSjt Gary Ranu for his Army Experience entry ?Here? and amateur LCpl Smith for his sporting image ?Oops Touch Down?. The professional Sporting Image winner was Sgt Stuart McKensie, while professional and amateur winners in the Army Equipment category were judged WO2 Giles Penfold and LCpl Patrick Vinke-Tuke.

The operational usefulness and demand for photography within the army has grown in line with the technological advancement in all aspects of photography. The Army?s own photographic branch was formed in 1915 due to the intelligence value placed on photographs gathered in the First World War by pilots of the Royal Flying Corps.

Image: SSgt Paul Brownbridge?s winning entry Recce Patrol