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First female wins Army Photographer of the Year award

A Yorkshire RLC soldier has become the first female to scoop the British Army Photographer of the Year award.

Cpl Rebecca Brown, a former combat medical technician with 4 Armoured Medical Regiment and now based with the combat camera team at Army Headquarters in Andover, fought off the competition to take the top spot at the competition.

Becky, as she is known to her colleagues, also came runner-up for Best Online Image and also runner-up for her Professional Sport and Adventure Training pictures.

“It’s an amazing achievement for Cpl Rebecca Brown. Not only did she excel in numerous categories in this year’s competition, she justifiably won and was also runner-up in the most sought-after category of Professional Photographer of the Year, being the first female professional photographer to win this elite prize,” said WO1 Daniel Harmer, Command Master Photographer.

“Cpl Brown is a fine role model for the photographic trade and has clearly shown her talent, skill and motivation in the role as a British Army photographer. I’m so pleased for her. She has definitely set the highest of standards for future Army Film and Photographic Competitions.”

In a benchmark year for the event, a record number of video packages were entered and judges also had to sift through more than 700 still imagery submissions.

The results of the 16 categories were kept on close hold until the evening of the awards, which took place on 21 Jan 2020 at the National Army Museum in Chelsea.

Winners
Professional Category Portfolio: Corporal Rebecca Brown Royal Logistic Corps
Overall Professional Army Image: Corporal Nick Johns Royal Logistic Corps
Professional Category Portrait: Corporal Jonathan Adams Royal Logistic Corps
Professional Category Story: Corporal Ben Beale Royal Logistic Corps
Professional Category Soldiering: Corporal Nick Johns Royal Logistic Corps
Professional Category Sport/Adventure Training: Sergeant Ben Maher Royal Logistic Corps
Professional Open Video: Corporal Ben Beale Royal Logistic Corps
Best Online Image (voted by the public): Major Mike Thwaite Parachute Regiment
Operation Camera: Lance Corporal James Clarke Royal Marines
Operation Smartphone: Mr Charlie Perham Ministry of Defence
Cadet Life: Cadert Sergeant Ali Fawzi Army Cadet Force
Amateur Category Portfolio: Corporal Danny Houghton Royal Logistic Corps
Amateur Category Portrait: Colour Sergeant Liam Swan Grenadier Guards
Amateur Category Sport/Adventure Training: Colour Segeant Phil Carr Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment
Amateur Category Soldiering: Major Mike Thwaite Parachute Regiment

Runners up
Professional Category Portfolio: Corporal Rebecca Brown Royal Logistic Corps
Professional Category Portrait: Corporal Ben Maher Royal Logistic Corps
Professional Category Story: Sergeant Andy Reddy Royal Logistic Corps
Professional Category Soldiering: Corporal Jamie Hart Royal Logistic Corps
Professional Category Sport/Adventure Training: Corporal Rebecca Brown Royal Logistic Corps
Professional News Video: Sergeant Tom Evans Royal Logistic Corps
Professional Open Video: Sergeant Jonathan Van Zyl Royal Logistic Corps
Best Online Image (voted by the public): Corporal Rebecca Brown Royal Logistic Corps
Operation Camera: Lance Corporal James Clarke Royal Marines
Operation Smartphone: Captain Iain Maclennan Army Air Corps
Cadet Life: Cadert Corporal Arwen Moses Army Cadet Forces
Amateur Category Portfolio: Bombadier Murray Kerr Royal Artillery
Amateur Category Portrait: Bombadier Murray Kerr Royal Artillery
Amateur Category Soldiering: Major Mike Thwaite Parachute Regiment
Winner of Professional Open Video Category – Corporal Ben Beale Royal Logistic Corps

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