Picture credit: Crown Copyright 2012

The ‘Afghan Elder’ photo (above) was hailed as ‘captivating’ by organisers, and stars among four pictures entered by Corporal Mike Jones.

Jones, who is based at RAF Marham in Norfolk, said he took the image at Kandahar on New Year’s Day.

‘At the open day the RAF provided a Tornado GR4 and the crew were busy talking to a lot of excited kids and local people.

‘I saw the man sitting alone to one side by the hangar door, just watching things go on.

‘The conditions were perfect. As the hangar door opened there was a flood of natural light falling on him.

‘It was a very natural shot and a striking picture that I am proud of.’

This year’s Amateur Military category – sponsored by Jessops – was won for the second year in a row by senior aircraftman Tim Laurence.

Laurence, who is also based at RAF Marham, submitted a shot entitled ‘The Beast of Kandahar’ (pictured below).

Picture credit: Crown Copyright 2012

Praising the high standard of this year’s entries, Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, said: ‘These dynamic images reflect the extensive breadth of Service life, the critical contribution that our personnel are making to global operations and the unique year of celebrations for her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, as well as the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.’

The RAF Photographic Competition 2012 winners were announced at the RAF Club in central London earlier this week.