From submarine operations in the icy wastes of the North Pole to emotional homecoming scenes on windswept jetties, Royal Navy photographers capture all aspects of life in the Naval Service.
Now the skilled photojournalists have been recognised for their perfect pictures in the Royal Navy’s annual photographic competition – the Peregrine Trophy Awards.
Royal Navy photographers are charged with telling the stories of sailors and Royal Marines around the world through still imagery and video, taking them on deployments with warships and commando units wherever they may go.
In the past year their imagery and video has covered everything from submarine operations in the North Pole, flight deck operations on board HMS Queen Elizabeth, joyful homecomings and Royal Marines commando exercises in hot climates.
Warrant Officer Class 1 Nathan Dua, the Royal Navy’s most senior photographer, said: “As technology and photographic practices get better every year, the quality and commitment of our talented photographers improves as well.
“I am always blown away by the standard of imagery achieved by the men and women of the Royal Navy’s photographic branch, and this year is no exception. I am proud of every entry in this year’s photographic competition.”
This year the awards were judged by Jane Sherwood of Getty Images, Thomas Newton of Sky News, Lee Durant of the BBC, Stuart McKenzie of the BBC, Nicholas Horne of Great State, Defence Imagery picture editor Panay Triantafillides, and freelance photographer Adam Sorenson.
Leading Photographer Dan Rosenbaum was named Royal Navy photographer of the year by the judges for his portfolio of imagery from operations all over the world.
He said: “To win an award in the Peregrine Trophy competition is a moment to be proud of in itself but to win photographer of the year, which effectively is the pinnacle of what all photographers aim for, is undoubtedly the proudest moment of my photographic career.
“Given the fierce competition within our branch and the high calibre of photography that my colleagues and friends produce, this award is definitely the hardest fought for.”
LPhot Rosenbaum is now deployed in HMS Argyll capturing all elements of her deployment to the Asia Pacific region.
Joining up as any other rating into a particular trade such as logistics, engineering or warfare specialists, RN photographers work hard to excel at their chosen field before being accepted into the elite photographic branch.