The Army yesterday revealed the winners of its annual photographic competition which, for the first time, allowed the public to vote for the Best Overall Image via Facebook.

Corporal Jamie Peters, serving as a Combat Camera Team photographer in Afghanistan, won Best Overall Image with a photo called ‘Fireball Flyers’.

The winning shot (above) depicts an Apache helicopter flying over a large explosion during an air show. It gained 1,671 ‘likes’ on Facebook.

Commenting on the standard of this year’s awards, Command Master Photographer WO1 Will Craig said: ‘It gets better each year. The amateurs have also given us a high standard of photographs.

‘It’s been impressive. Competition has been really fierce.’

Among this year’s stars was Reservist Corporal Ian Chapman who won the Amateur Portrait category with a shot taken during an Army exercise on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire – captured using his Nikon D300.

Chapman – who first won Army photo honours in 2007 – said: ‘The picture was taken during Airdrop Warrior.

‘I was cutting about with my camera, taking pictures of the guys on the exercise, and I snapped this one of Jim just before he and some of the other guys breached a minefield on the final attack. It was really exciting.’

Lance Corporal Dean Docwra, from Camberley, Surrey won both the Amateur Portfolio and Amateur Soldiering categories.

He said: ‘My love of photography started when I was about 16. I used to read magazines on photography and take photos on a little camera… As time has gone by, I’ve got into it more and more.’

Meanwhile, Sergeant Paul Morrison from Inverness triumphed in the Professional Portfolio section; and Sergeant Russ Nolan from Hampshire claimed top spot in the Professional Portrait category.

Last week, AP revealed how the Army’s photographic unit was saved from budget cuts.

By Reservist Corporal Ian Chapman

By Reservist Corporal Ian Chapman

By Lance Corporal Dean Docwra

By Lance Corporal Dean Docwra

By Lance Corporal Dean Docwra

By Lance Corporal Dean Docwra

[All photos: Crown Copyright]