A photographer based at RAF Leuchars has been awarded a first place in the annual Royal Air Force Photographic Competition.
Senior aircraftman Richard Dudley was delighted to come out on top in the Technical/Engineering category with his entry entitled ‘New Tech’.
Commissioned to provide a training reference for the RAF’s fast-jet squadrons, the image features a ‘Typhoon Helmet Mounted Symbology System’ – headgear that provides frontline combat pilots with weapon-aiming data through its visor.
SAC Dudley is no stranger to success, having been awarded both the RAF’s Student and Technical Photographer of the year awards in 2011.
He said: “As an RAF photographer it’s my job to support RAF activities worldwide.
“My duties range from newsgathering, public relations and specialist aerial survey to police photography and accident investigations.
“I also undertake illustrative taskings such as in the case of ‘New Tech’.
“A job well done is its own reward but it’s great to be recognised.”
Held at the RAF Museum in Hendon, the competition was judged by Alan Sparrow, chairman of the Picture Editors Guild and executive picture editor of the Metro newspaper.
This year, for the first time, the RAF is asking the public to vote for its favourite from a shortlist of nine of the best photographs from the whole of the competition.
The winning image will become the ‘People’s Choice Image of the Year’.
Voting is now open at www.raf.mod.uk/photo-of-the-year-2014 and closes at midnight on Wednesday, August 27.
Those who tweet their vote will be entered into a free prize draw for a chance to win an iPad Mini.