A pilot turned photographer to win honours in an RAF photography contest that attracted more than 1,400 entries.

Pilot Officer Owen Cheverton triumphed in the Amateur Military category with a photo captioned ‘Snow Sentinel’, captured at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire (pictured right).

The Sentinel aircraft uses an advanced radar to provide ‘long-range, battlefield intelligence and target-imaging’ in ‘near photographic-quality’, according to the RAF.

RAF Waddington also won the Portfolio section, while the Best Technical award went to SAC Ben Stevenson, also from RAF Waddington.

Meanwhile, the winning ‘Public Relations’ photograph – entitled ‘Walking On Air’ – was captured by Cpl Scott Robertson, a member of the Mobile News Team.

The RAF said that Scott’s photograph reflects the recent deployment of the Tornado GR4 aircraft in support of operations in Afghanistan.

The picture itself shows a crew leaving their aircraft following a sortie in the Middle East.

The Tornado GR4 carries out intelligence gathering, as well as delivery of weapons and close air support to forces on the ground in Afghanistan.

‘The image highlights that such equipment cannot be effectively operated without the skill, training and dedication of Royal Air Force personnel that is second to none,’ said an RAF spokesman.

The RAF Experience title was won by Cpl Kryselle Lees (83 Expeditionary Air Wing); The RAF Equipment award went to SAC Neil Chapman (Mobile News Team, Headquarters Air Command); and SAC Andrew Seaward (RAF Coningsby) triumphed in the Best Sports Photograph section.

The awards were presented earlier this week at the Royal Air Force Club in central London, but publication of the winning images was embargoed until today at 6pm.

Judges included Daily Mirror photographer Adam Sorenson.

Picture credit (below): Pilot Officer Owen Cheverton

RAF Afghanistan photographer

Picture credit (below): Cpl Scott Robertson

RAF Afghanistan photographer