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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.

A Portrait Of Britain-Finalist

A bittersweet email from the British Journal of Photography and 1854 Media Awards let me know that “…your entry made it to the second & final round of judging, we regret to tell you that your image has not been shortlisted on this occasion”.

Still, nice to make it that far! Rather than the work remain unseen, thought I would share my Portrait Of Britain here and show the ten images I entered for the awards.

Many thanks to the judges and many congratulations to those shortlisted.

Camera and lens details can be found in all the captions below. All raw files were edited and processed using Adobe Lightroom Classic and finished off in either Alienskin Exposure X4 or Nik Collection Silver Efex Pro.

Alford Gardner, one of the few surviving Windrush passengers, from the 1948 SS Empire Windrush, which left Jamaica bound for Britain. Portrait photographed by the River Thames, South Bank, London, UK. May 25, 2018. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
Image shot on a Panasonic Lumix G9 and Leica DG 25mm f1.4 lens.
Mezzo-soprano Angela Simkin, Opera Singer. The University Women’s Club 2 Audley Square, London, United Kingdom. July 17, 2018. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
Image shot on a Panasonic Lumix G9 and Leica DG 42.5mm f1.2 lens.
Put It To The People March. Official figures put the numbers at the anti Brexit march at over one million. The demonstration, marched in central London calling for another EU referendum. The demo ends in Parliament Square. London, UK. March 23, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
Image shot on a Panasonic Lumix S1R and Lumix S 24-105mm f4.0 lens.
It’s Their Future. Put It To The People March. Official figures put the numbers at the anti Brexit march at over one million. The demonstration, marched in central London calling for another EU referendum. The demo ends in Parliament Square. London, UK. March 23, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
Image shot on a Panasonic Lumix S1R and Lumix S 24-105mm f4.0 lens.
The UK faces a homeless epidemic, with statistics showing that a homeless person dies every two weeks in London, one of the world’s wealthiest cities. Spiralling property prices are being cited as a huge factor, alongside access to mental health services becoming harder over the last several years. A homeless man lays on the street, apparently passed out from drinking the wine tied to the top of his belongings on his trolley. His guitar, probably used to busk with to pay for the wine, still strapped to his back. Another homeless man, wrapped in a sleeping bag, walks by. Tesco superstore, Pentonville Road, London, UK. March 21, 2018. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
Image shot on a Sony RX1R M2.
Kel, a homeless man has decorated his corner of the subway for Christmas. He helps bewildered tourists with directions to Harrods and Winter Wonderland (funfair). He’s been homeless for four months following the breakup of his relationship, when he caught his brother and partner together. Hyde Park Corner subway, London, UK. December 16, 2017. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
Image shot on a Sony RX1R M2.
London’s Metropolitan police statistics for 2018, show that knife crime has surged by 16 per cent in the capital, as Britain’s crime epidemic continues. John Costi, a reformed armed robber who was jailed for raids on London bookmakers, went on to graduate from the prestigious Central Saint Martin’s where he was awarded a first class honours degree in fine art. After a spiritual awakening during a 6-year prison sentence Costi sought to make sense of the world around him through art. Costi has used his own experiences to create a relationship with young people that allows him to offer guidance to help them to avoid becoming involved in violent crime, alongside also being involved with initiatives like “Art Against Knives”. Capital House, Weston Street, London. Knife Crime Violence In London, UK. May 05, 2018. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
Image shot on a Panasonic Lumix G9 and Leica DG 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 lens.
Friends gather and perform parkour jumping tricks on the beach of the River Thames, during a heat wave bank holiday. Bankside, London, UK. May 06, 2018. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
Image shot on a Panasonic Lumix G9 and Leica DG 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 lens.
A child runs around whilst bathed in rays of sunlight in the turbine hall. Tate Modern, during a heat wave bank holiday. Bankside, London, UK. May 06, 2018. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
Image shot on a Panasonic Lumix G9 and Leica DG 50-200mm f2.8-4.0 lens.
Portrait of violinist Asia Jiménez Antón de Vez. London, UK. January 18, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
Image shot on a Panasonic Lumix S1 and Lumix S 24-105mm f4.0 lens.

British Life Photography Awards Exhibition

BLPA Exhibition Opening, Mall Galleries, London

Photographer Edmond Terakopian by his winning image in the Life At Work category. British Life Photography Awards Exhibition Private View and Awards Evening. Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, UK. February 19, 2019. Photo: Linda Wisdom

Absolutely thrilled to have attended the private view of the exhibition and the prize giving last night of the British Life Photography Awards. I was overjoyed to find one of my images had won the Life At Work category and I also had three other images commended by the judges.

British Life Photography Awards Exhibition Private View and Awards Evening. Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, UK. February 19, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The winning image and commended images can be seen on my previous blog post, along with details on the Panasonic Lumix, Leica M and Olympus OM-D cameras used.

British Life Photography Awards Exhibition Private View and Awards Evening. Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, UK. February 19, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The exhibition is on tour at these venues (check opening times locally):

  • Mall Galleries, London 18th to 23rd February 2019 
  • Banbury Museum, Banbury 16th March to 12th May 2019 
  • The Garden Rooms at Tennants, Leyburn, North Yorkshire 20th July to 3rd September 2019 
  • Redbrick building, Glastonbury, Somerset, 14th September to 13th October 2019

Many thanks to the organisers, judges and sponsors of this wonderful competition along with my congratulations to all the selected photographers. Lovely to meet so many of you at the awards’ evening.

British Life Photography Awards Exhibition Private View and Awards Evening. Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, UK. February 19, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

British Life Photography Awards 2018

Winning Image, “Life At Work”

Thrilled to start the new year with some wonderful news! I’m extremely happy to share that the photograph “Love Your Job” has won the Life At Work category of the British Life Photography Awards 2018.

A heavy downpour of rain soaks pedestrians as they pass an illuminated advertising sign saying “Love Your Job”. Hammersmith, London. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian
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  • Leica 35mm Summicron ASPH

The good news continues as the judges have very kindly commended three of my other photographs.

A child runs around whilst bathed in rays of sunlight in the turbine hall. Tate Modern, during a heat wave bank holiday. Bankside, London, UK. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian
  • Panasonic Lumix G9
  • Leica DG 50-200mm f2.8-4.0
A portrait of model Jordan Ebbitt. London. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian
  • Olympus OM-D E-M1
  • M.Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8PRO
Behind the scenes as Sotheby’s prepares the Gunter Sachs Collection for sale (2012). Sotheby’s will be offering close to 300 works of art from the prestigious single owner collection. Allen Jones’ mannequin furniture (1969) from Gunter Sach’s bedroom in St Moritz. Each individual piece is estimated at £30-40,000. Hatstand and Table are unwrapped by the technicians. Sotheby’s, New Bond Street, London. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian
  • Leica M9
  • Leica 35mm Summilux (FLE)

Exhibition

Many congratulations to all the winners; there are some truly beautiful photographs selected by the judges. The winning and commended images will be exhibited in a travelling exhibition, which I hope many of you will be able to see. A book of the selected images from 2018 will also be published (but is not yet listed, so keep an eye out on the website).

  • Mall Galleries, London 18th to 23rd February 2019 
  • Banbury Museum, Banbury 16th March to 12th May 2019 
  • The Garden Rooms at Tennants, Leyburn, North Yorkshire 20th July to 3rd September 2019 
  • Redbrick building, Glastonbury, Somerset, 14th September to 13th October 2019

The post processing of the images were done on my Apple Mac Pro using Eizo CG monitors, using Adobe Lightroom (and finished in either Alienskin Exposure or Nik Collection Silver Efex Pro plugins).

The British Photography Awards Shortlist 2019

I’m thrilled to share that two of my images from 2018 have been shortlisted in the British Photography Awards 2019. The images are finalists in the Street Photography and Portrait categories.

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Twice The Fun. A child runs around whilst bathed in rays of sunlight in the turbine hall. Tate Modern, during a heat wave bank holiday. Bankside, London, UK. May 06, 2018. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

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Windrush Passenger. Alford Gardner, one of the few surviving Windrush passengers, from the 1948 SS Empire Windrush, which left Jamaica bound for Britain. Portrait photographed by the River Thames, South Bank, London, UK. May 25, 2018. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

I’d like to thank the judges for putting together the shortlisted images and also congratulate the other shortlisted photographers for some truly spectacular images.

Technical Info

For those interested in the equipment used, both images were shot using a Panasonic Lumix G9. The running child was shot using a Leica DG 50-200mm f2.8-4.0 lens and the portrait was shot using a Leica DG 25mm Summilux. Both images were shot in raw and processed in Adobe Lightroom, with the final black and white treatment being completed using Alienskin Exposure X3.

Bird’s Eye View Commended By Judges

Landscape Photographer Of The Year Competition 2018

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Very happy to share that one of my images has been commended by the judges in this year’s Landscape Photographer Of The Year Competition.

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Bird’s Eye View; a bird flies into the frame created by the Peace Dove Sculpture in Hermitage Wharf Riverside Memorial Garden, as the The Shard shows through. Wapping, London, UK. May 16, 2018. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

The photograph was commended in the Urban View section and is the second time the competition has kindly awarded my work. The image will be printed in the forthcoming book and will be part of the digital display at the exhibition. Many congratulations to the winning photographers and judges.

The photograph was shot using a Panasonic Lumix G9 with a Leica DG 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 lens. The raw photograph was then processed in Adobe Lightroom CC Classic and the monochrome treatment finalised in Alienskin Exposure X3.

London Waterloo Exhibition details:

Dates: 19th November 2018 – 3rd February 2019
Venue: The Balcony at London Waterloo station.
Times: Opening times as for the station. Admission free.

Book details:

Collection 12: 224 pages
Publisher: AA Publishing (16th October 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0749579272

11TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS

Two Nominations In The People’s Category

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Happy to share that two of my street photographs were nominated by the judges of the 11th International Color Awards.

The first image was shot using a Leica M10.

Tate Modern, Bankside, London. August 01, 2017. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Tate Modern, Bankside, London. August 01, 2017. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The second image was shot on a Sony RX1RII.

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Having a quiet drink at the Beany bar. Daily life around the South Bank, London, UK. October 25, 2017. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Many congratulations to all the winners and nominees and a thank you to the judges.