A photographer’s ?dramatic? b&w image of a Sea Harrier aircraft has won a photography competition jointly organised by The Army, Royal Navy and RAF.

Captured by Leading Airman (Photographer) Michael Handy the shot scooped top spot in the Defence Photographic Competition, also winning the award for Best Defence Image. It was taken in November 2005 on the flight deck of HMS Illustrious, as the ship passed through the Straits of Gibraltar.

Judges in the tri-services contest included multi award-winning photographer Tom Stoddart who said: ?I think we?ve all been surprised by the quality and variety of the pictures which have come through to the final. The winning image shows the highly skilled, technical side of modern warfare, but other pictures show elegance, sensitivity, adventure and history.?

To see more of the winning images keep an eye out for upcoming issues of AP, in shops on Tuesdays.

Picture credit: Crown Copyright