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Stunning images capture unique moments of life in the British Army, as photographers take stirring shots of soldiers at war and emotional moments away…




From a bomb disposal dog cradled in the arms of his handler to a Household Cavalry horse exercising on the beach, prize, a newly-published set of striking photographs give a striking insight into life in the British Army.

The stunning images are some of the best from an annual competition to show the professional and human side to Army personnel, including soldiers operating an artillery gun and the sun glistening through a sniper.

The image of the bomb disposal dog and its handler, simply called Dog Days, was the overall winner of the ABF The Soldiers Charity competition, which attracted hundreds of entries from both soldiers and civilians.

Trevor Sheeham from Northumberland, who took the picture, said: I saw this soldier and his loyal dog training and it was clear that they had a very close and special bond. I crouched down to dog height and took the shot.’

There were around 150 entries in the competition and other pictures show soldiers competing in the Ice Sports Championships, training in camouflage and horses exercising on Holkham beach in Norfolk.

Major General Martin Rutledge, chief executive of the charity, said: ‘There were some outstanding entries, and the final images really demonstrate the wide variety of elements that make up the modern British Army.’

The Soldiers Charity is the national charity of the British Army and was formerly the Army Benevolent Fund. It was set up in 1944 and supports thousands of soldiers, former soldiers and their families each year.

Man’s best friend: Trevor Sheehan, from Hexham, Northumberland, came first in the contest for his picture, Dog Days, showing a sniffer dog with its handler, which was taken on the 7 Brigade Afghan pre-deployment training media day

Ready, aim, fire: Steve Samosa, from Prescot, Merseyside, was runner up in the ABF The Soldiers Charity competition for his stirring photograph, Guns in Action, showing soldiers in camouflage operating an artillery gun

On the run: Claire Williamson from Norwich took this stunning picture of an Army horse from the Household Cavalry exercising on the beach at Holkham in Norfolk. The photographer said it was ‘awesome’ to see the horse and rider together

Taking aim: Professional photographer William Thompson, from Lincoln, took a picture of soldiers on a fieldcraft exercise at Lincolshire Army Cadet Force’s annual camp in Longmoor, Hampshire, which was entered in the annual competition

Capturing the moment: Royal Air Force photographer Lee Matthews, from Cirencester, Gloucestershire, took the photo Sniper Shot, showing the sun glistening through a rifle, which was one of around 150 entries in the photography contest

Looking through: Alex McPhail from Renfrew took a picture of his cousin Carol Ballantyne, a Territorial Army soldier, in camouflage, entitled Camouflage Queen. He said she agreed to pose for him on the banks of the River Clyde near Erskine

On the move: This is another picture from RAF photographer Mr Matthews, who captured an image of an Army tank, called Lulworth Training. The winning entrants were chosen by a panel including BBC journalists Michael Buerk and Kate Adie

Here we go: This image by Mr Matthews, entitled Ice Men, came third – and was taken at the Ice Sports Championships. He said: ‘I never believe there is a perfect picture – you try your best to get there as I do with all my shots, learning as you go’

Majestic: Richard Sweeting, from Cwmbran in Torfaen, South Wales, took the picture of a Ceremonial Parade, showing soldiers on horseback, and said the ‘pride of the guys whilst riding their horses is what inspired me to capture this moment’

In the dark: RAF photographer Mr Matthews, from Cirencester, also took this photograph of a tank at night, entitled Night Manoeuvres – and it will be one of 12 entries to feature in The Soldiers Charity calendar 2017, which goes on sale next month

Rear view: Army photographer Murray Kerr took the photo Band Practice at Horse Guards Parade in London. He said he was on a building’s roof during a rehearsal, and the musicians in the image are in the Guards Band who dress in an ‘iconic uniform’

Young and old: Tina Letch, from Bournemouth, took this photo on Remembrance Day. She said her husband served 16 years in the Royal Engineers – and last year met up with a friend he had not seen in 35 years, who brought one of his sons along

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