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In Pictures: Machines and emotions captured in RAF photo competition

These striking images came up trumps in the RAF’s 2019 Photographic Competition.

This picture by Gordon Elias was highly commended in the image of the year category in the RAF’s 2019 Photographic Competition (Gordon Elias/MOD Crown Copyright/PA )
This picture by Gordon Elias was highly commended in the image of the year category in the RAF’s 2019 Photographic Competition (Gordon Elias/MOD Crown Copyright/PA )

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A striking array of images impressed judges at the RAF’s 2019 Photographic Competition.

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There’s No Place Like Home – this image of a pilot celebrating his final Tornado flight with his daughter at RAF Marham, won Cpl Lee Matthews the personnel category in the Royal Air Force’s 2019 Photographic Competition (Cpl Lee Matthews RAF/MOD Crown Copyright/PA)
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Another Hawk, of two Hawk aircraft used for fast jet pilot training, won SAC Chris Thompson-Watts the equipment category (SAC Chris Thompson-Watts RAF/MOD Crown Copyright/PA)
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Concorde, taken by Cpl Ashley Keates, was named image of the year. It shows the RAF Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, performing the Concorde manoeuvre over the deep blue sea of Greece (Cpl Ashley Keates RAF/MOD Crown Copyright/PA)
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Balancing Act, which shows a Chinook helicopter from 27 Squadron undertaking a rear wheel landing on one of Dartmoor’s many tors, taken by Cpl Rob Travis, helped the photo team at RAF Odiham win the section category (Cpl Rob Travis RAF/MOD Crown Copyright/PA)
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Goose, by Cpl Ashley Keates, was highly commended in the image of the year category. It shows the Red Arrows performing their Goose move on a very still morning while fishermen watch on at Chalkoutsi in Greece (Cpl Ashley Keates RAF/MOD Crown Copyright/PA)
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Blue Wake, by Sergeant Rachel Malthouse, shows Cpl Sarah Partridge, who joined the RAF in the Personnel Support Trade in 2008 and has since won a wakeboarding bronze medal for Team GB. The picture won second place in the personnel category (Sergeant Rachel Malthouse/MOD Crown Copyright/PA)
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Plugging The Gap, of Chinook helicopters based at RAF Odiham deployed at short notice to help with flood relief in Lincolnshire, won Corporal Tony Hawke the operations and exercises category (Corporal Tony Hawke RAF/MOD Crown Copyright/PA)
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Bam, Right In The Kisser, taken during an evening of boxing at 18 Squadron, RAF Odiham, won Cpl Rob Travis the sports category (Cpl Rob Travis RAF/MOD Crown Copyright/PA)
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The Missing Bond, of the rifling of a Mauser gun barrel, is a composite image created using a focus-stacking technique, and won SAC Ben Mayfield the technical/engineering photography category (SAC Ben Mayfield RAF/MOD Crown Copyright/PA)
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This picture, taken at an event at the National Memorial Arboretum to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, won AC Harry Roberts the Mallet student trophy category (AC Harry Roberts/MOD Crown Copyright/PA)
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Centurions Of The Night, which shows RAF Typhoons waiting to taxi out and depart from RAF Akrotiri on a night mission, is one of the winning portfolio submitted by Cpl Tim Laurence, who was named photographer of the year (Cpl Tim Laurence RAF/MOD Crown Copyright/PA)
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The Nightshift, which shows an avionics technician working on a Tornado aircraft, is another from photographer of the year Cpl Tim Laurence (Cpl Tim Laurence RAF/MOD Crown Copyright/PA)
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Heavy Metal, which shows a weapon systems operator from 27 Squadron, RAF Odiham, looking out of the front crewman’s door of his CH-47 Chinook as the setting sun disappears at MCAS Yuma, Arizona, is also from Cpl Laurence’s portfolio (Cpl Tim Laurence RAF/MOD Crown Copyright/PA)
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Cpl Laurence’s Centurion Sundown shows a Eurofighter Typhoon at RAF Akrotiri Airfield in Cyprus (Cpl Tim Laurence RAF/MOD Crown Copyright/PA)
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Stargazer, which shows a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at night during a training mission in the Arizona desert (Cpl Tim Laurence RAF/MOD Crown Copyright/PA)
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The Business End shows a Eurofighter Typhoon at RAF Akrotiri Airfield in Cyprus (Cpl Tim Laurence RAF/MOD Crown Copyright/PA)

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