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RAF Photography Competition 2019

Judging The RAF Photographers’ Best Images

It’s been an absolute honour and a positively stress filled joy, to have been one of the three judges in the RAF‘s annual competition.

Image of The Year; WINNER: Concorde – The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows perform Concorde over the deep blue sea of Greece. On the 21st May, Red 10 and Circus 10 photo chased a full display at the Hotel Datum in glorious afternoon sunshine, whilst deployed on Ex SPRINGHAWK 19 in Greece where they refine the display ready for the Public Display Authority (PDA). Photo: Cpl Ash Keates – RAFAT

The Royal Airforce has trained some phenomenal photojournalists and I would say the top of that list would be Don McCullin, who signed up to National Service in the RAF as a photographic assistant. To be invited back for the second year to judge the work of McCullin’s contemporaries is indeed a special treat.

One certain way of knowing how high the level of photography is in any competition is by looking at how much discussion, heated debate and heart breaking compromise occurs between judges.

Photographer of the Year; WINNER & Image of The Year; HIGHLY COMMENDED: Stargazer – A CH-47 Chinook helicopter rests at night during a training mission in the Arizona desert. The Chinook was being used at a FARP (Forward Arming Refuelling Point) to refuel USMC helicopters whilst deployed at the Marine Corps Air Base, in Yuma, Arizona, USA to take part in the twice yearly training and development programme known as WTI (Weapons and Tactics Instructor). Photo: Cpl Tim Laurence – ACSSU, RAF Halton

Well, I can say that this year, even more so than last year, the debates were passionate. Its also worth noting that Highly Commended places were optionally awarded by the judges, purely because the level of the work was so high and the competition was so close.

Image of The Year; HIGHLY COMMENDED: Split break – Two new XXV(F) Squadron take flight over North Wales. A flight that saw Hawks from both IV(R) Squadron and XXV(F) Squadron, following the Squadrons has split to form 2 squadrons, to meet demands in the UK Military Flying Training System (UK MFTS) and the increase in demand for fast jet pilots. Photo: SAC Chris Thompson-Watts – Photo ACSSU

Judging of the 13 different categories of the RAF Photographer Of The Year Competition 2019 took place at the RAF Museum, in London. Jim Hedge (Picture Editor at the Guardian), Martin Keene (Press Association Group Picture Editor) and myself spent a day looking through hundreds and hundreds of prints. For the video category, we had access to view the entries beforehand and then spent around an hour together viewing our favourites and discussing the merits of our chosen favourites.

Image of The Year; HIGHLY COMMENDED: Goose – The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team; The Red Arrows, deployed on Ex SPRINGHAWK 19, perform Goose on a still morning whilst fisherman watch on from their boat at Chalkoutsi, Greece. Photo: Cpl Ash Keates – RAFAT

The Image Of The Year (Category L) was a great illustration of the skill of the RAF’s photographers. The winning image by Cpl Ash Keates, titled Concorde, grabbed my attention the second I saw it after entering the judging hall and it stayed with me. I later found it had had the same effect on one of my fellow judges too. A strong sense of composition, colour, technical perfection married to the subtlety of capturing the shadows left by the Red Arrows on the water, raised it from a great picture to a winning photograph.

The four images I’ve shared here show an absolute mastery of craft; bringing not only fast reflexes, but an art of composition, a deep aesthetic sensibility and layers of subtlety. Our task was to choose just one winner, but the work was so good that we decided to also award six Highly Commended places too.

Photographer of the Year; WINNER: Centurions of The Night – A pair of RAF Typhoons wait to taxi out and depart from RAF Akrotiri on an Op SHADER night mission. RAF Typhoons are now upgraded and equipped with a new ‘Centurion’ weapon configuration that now includes Brimstone missiles. Photo: Cpl Tim Laurence – ACSSU, RAF Halton

The Photographer of the Year (Category K) was won by a superb portfolio of six images by Cpl Tim Laurence (ACSSU, RAF Halton). Another showcase of mastery of craft, with a varied set of images which worked extremely well together, yet each in their own right shone. Another extremely difficult category to judge with much debate and discussion as the level of work was so high. Cpl Laurence also had his phenomenal photograph titled Stargazer (of a Chinook at night) highly commended in the Image Of The Year category.

Photographer of the Year; WINNER: Centurion Sundown Ð A RAF Eurofighter Typhoon rests on the pan at RAF Akrotiri Airfield, Cyprus at sunset. Deployed to RAF Akrotiri as part of 903EAW the jets deploy daily in support of Coalition troops on the ground in the Middle East offering valuable target acquisition and fast air support with deadly precision in the fight against Daesh. Photo: Cpl Tim Laurence – ACSSU, RAF Halton
Photographer of the Year; WINNER: Heavy Metal – This image shows a Weapon Systems Operator (WSOP) from 27 Squadron, RAF Odiham, looking out of the front crewmanÕs door of his CH-47 Chinook as the setting sun disappears at MCAS Yuma, Arizona and marks the beginning of a night time training sortie. Photo: Cpl Tim Laurence – ACSSU, RAF Halton

First place in the Video (Category D) section goes to SAC Ed Wright (Photo ACSSU) for Fortune Favours the Bold. Finland will be the host nation of Bold Quest 19.1 held in April-May 2019. Bold Quest 19.1 is a multinational joint fires interoperability demonstration and assessment event sponsored and facilitated by the United States Joint Staff.

The People’s Choice-Vote Now!

During the judging process, these nine images made it to our People’s Choice board. Have a look at the stunning photographs and make your vote (It’s a quick, one click vote).

Behind The Scenes

It really is a joy talking about great images, championing favourites and being treated to so many great images. Many congratulations on all the winners, all who were highly commended and my best wishes to all who entered their fantastic work. I’ve only shared some of the winners here, but do pop by the RAF Photographers’ Instagram to see more work. You can also find them on Facebook.

Judging the 13 different categories of the RAF Photographer Of The Year Competition 2019. (L-R) Jim Hedge (Picture Editor at the Guardian), Edmond Terakopian (photojournalist) and Martin Keene (Press Association Group Picture Editor). RAF Museum, Hendon, London, UK. August 20, 2019. Photo: SAC AMY LUPTON / RAF
Judging the 13 different categories of the RAF Photographer Of The Year Competition 2019. Edmond Terakopian (photojournalist) looks through some of the entries. RAF Museum, Hendon, London, UK. August 20, 2019. Photo: SAC AMY LUPTON / RAF

Here’s a video prepared by the RAF, part of which is a behind the scenes look to the work done by their photographers and also gives a glimpse of the judges at work.

Digital Impact Awards 2017

Gold Award – Barclays and Speak Media

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Photographer and film maker Edmond Terakopian after a video shoot in the Barclays building in Canary Wharf. Barclays, 1 Churchill Place, London. Photo: David Sandison

Very happy to share that the team at Speak Media have won the Digital Impact Awards Best Corporate Website gold award for their work for Barclays. I’m thrilled to be part of this multi award-winning team and been fortunate to help with his project with shooting various videos for Barclays’ award winning website. It’s been a joy to work with such a talented group of people.

BBC Interview On Iconic Photography

Live Interview On BBC World News

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Thrilled to have permission from the BBC to share this clip of myself and journalism student Wilton Jackson from the University of Baton Rouge being interviewed on a segment about iconic photography.

The segment was based around the superb photograph from the Baton Rouge protest (July 10th, 2016) by Reuters photographer Jonathan Bachman.

This clip is being used with full permission of the BBC (Global Planning Editor, BBC News, London). This was a live broadcast on July 21st, 2016.

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Commended in the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards

Videographer Of The Year

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Edmond Terakopian wins a commended award in the Videographer of the Year category for his short film “Taxi Driver” in the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards, Honourable Artillery COmpany, City Road, London. February 25, 2016. Photo: Bruce Adams

Thrilled to share that I was awarded a commendation for my short film, Taxi Driver, by the UK Picture Editor’s Awards.

The awards dinner was held at the Honourable Artillery Company on City Road and attended by the best of the best press photographers and picture editors in the UK. As always, a great evening to catch up with friends and colleagues, drink some wine, and have conversations ranging from equipment, anecdotes and ending up with the inevitable “good old days” tales.

I’d like to extend my thanks to chairman of the awards Alan Sparrow and all the picture editors who formed the judging panel.

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(L-R) Edmond Terakopian, Jessica Mann (Alamy News Team) and Bruce Adams at the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards, Honourable Artillery COmpany, City Road, London. February 25, 2016. Photo: ©

The film was shot using two Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II cameras and various Olympus M.Zuiko lenses. The audio was recorded on an Olympus LS-100 audio recorder. I used a variety of Rode microphones, ranging from the Lavalier and VideoMic Pro, to the Stereo VideoMic X.

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The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II fitted with the HLD-8 Power Battery Grip and Rode Stereo VideoMic X. February 05, 2015. Photo: © Edmond Terakopian

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The Olympus LS-100 audio recorder and Rode NTG3 microphone.. February 05, 2015. Photo: © Edmond Terakopian

UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards Finalist

UKPEG VIDEOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Thrilled to share some great news! Honoured to have been selected as a finalist in the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards for my short film, Taxi Driver. The highly-acclaimed UK Picture Editors Guild Awards competition is distinctive in that panel of judges consists only of working picture editors from national and regional newspapers, and international photo agencies, assessing the thousands of entries from professional photographers from throughout the media.

I’d like to congratulate all my fellow finalists and look forward to seeing you all on the award’s ceremony.

The short film is a look at a day in the life of a London black cab driver. It was shot on a pair of Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II cameras and a selection of M.Zuiko lenses. Full details here.

RODELink Review

My Review Of The RØDELink Filmmaker Kit

The new Rodelink wireless setup. May 19, 2015. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The new Rodelink wireless setup. May 19, 2015. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Easy. That’s the surprise when you first setup the new RODELink. So easy to setup and start shooting with. One button pairing, digital wireless and a distance of up to 100 meters.

The RodeLink Film Maker Kit on my Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II. May 16, 2015. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The RodeLink Film Maker Kit on my Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II. May 16, 2015. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Rode’s first wireless system works a treat; fast to get going with and great audio too. The Filmmaker Kit comes with a transmitter receiver, the excellent Rode Lavalier mic and also a minijack cable for attaching the receiver to your camera or audio recorder.

The Photography Show 2015

With Olympus & SnapperStuff

21-24 March 2015, NEC Birmingham

Olympus OM-D Action Factory with the new E-M5 Mark II, Prague, Czech Republic. A former water purification plant with several miles of underground tunnels. February 09, 2015. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Olympus OM-D Action Factory with the new E-M5 Mark II, Prague, Czech Republic. A former water purification plant with several miles of underground tunnels. February 09, 2015. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Very happy to share that I shall be at The Photography Show this year.

My Olympus Talks

I’ll be giving some talks, sharing my thoughts, experiences and successes shooting with Olympus OM-D cameras and naturally answering any questions you may have.

A self portrait by photographer and film maker Edmond Terakopian. Picture shows his Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera. London. February 23, 2015. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

A self portrait by photographer and film maker Edmond Terakopian. Picture shows his Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera. London. February 23, 2015. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

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My talks will be at the seminar room at the Olympus stand C51 and B49.

All seminars are free but will be ticketed to control numbers; 35 persons seated in private seminar room on the stand, so arrive early and get a ticket! All talks are 35 minutes in duration, plus a 10 minute Q&A.

Olympus Stand, seminar room
Saturday 21st
Seminar Start: 11.30 “Awards success in photography and video using the Olympus OM-D E-M1”. I will showcase and talk about the images that brought me awards success during 2014 and share my thoughts and work on the new OM-D E-M5 Mark II.

Olympus Stand, seminar room
Sunday 22nd
Seminar Start: 11.00 – “Awards success in photography and video using the Olympus OM-D E-M1”. I will showcase and talk about the images that brought me awards success during 2014 and share my thoughts and work on the new OM-D E-M5 Mark II.

Olympus Stand, seminar room
Monday 23rd
Seminar Start: 16.00 – “Awards success in photography and video using the Olympus OM-D E-M1”. I will showcase and talk about the images that brought me awards success during 2014 and share my thoughts and work on the new OM-D E-M5 Mark II.

Olympus Stand, seminar room
Tuesday 24th
Seminar No 1 Start: 11.00 – “Awards success in photography and video using the Olympus OM-D E-M1”. I will showcase and talk about the images that brought me awards success during 2014 and share my thoughts and work on the new OM-D E-M5 Mark II.

Seminar No 2 Start: 15.00 – “London Taxi – a short film shot on the new OM-D E-M5 Mark II”. I will show and talk about his short film, sharing what makes this new camera indispensable. As an added bonus, I’ll actually be showing a brand new edit and grade of the London Taxi film, which I have called Taxi Driver. The show will be the first place this is shown and will be online after the event.

There are lots of talks by my friends and colleagues at the Olympus stand, so make sure to check out the full Olympus schedule.

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Members of the Snapper Stuff team at Tower Bridge Studios in London. The team with some of the products from Think Tank Photo, KLM, Lightech and LumiQuest.  December 08, 2012. Photo: Ant Upton

Members of the SnapperStuff team at Tower Bridge Studios in London. The team with some of the products from Think Tank Photo, KLM, Lightech and LumiQuest. December 08, 2012. Photo: Ant Upton

I’ll be with the SnapperStuff team on Stand B102, so pop by and have a chat about all things Think Tank Photo (by far my favourite and most used bags), FLM tripods & heads, Lumiquest hotshoe strobist flash modifiers, Lightech light modifiers, MindShift Gear (outdoors bags) and of course, all things photography and video! You can also meet the SnapperStuff team; uniquely, we are all full time professional photographers, so relevant advice and good conversation is pretty much a given!

My SnapperStuff Talks

I shall also be  giving two talks on behalf of SnapperStuff at the Film Making Theatre at the show:

Film Making Theatre
Saturday 21st
14.30 – 15.10 “Multimedia Shooting”. Discover essential filming techniques and how to mix photography, timelapse, video and audio.

Film Making Theatre
Monday 23rd
11.30 – 12.10 “Essentials of documentary film making”. Advice on the steps needed to achieve your filmmaking vision.

You can see a full list of all my talks on the Photography Show website.

Hope to see you at the show!