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Glasgow soldier's striking photos of army life take top award

Glasgow soldier's striking photos of army life take top award

A Glasgow soldier has taken home gold in this year’s Army Photographic Competition.

Reserve soldier Bombardier Murray Kerr, of the Royal Artillery, has won the Best Amateur Portfolio category for his striking images of life in the forces.

Forty-three-year-old Murray, from Dennistoun, joined 105 Regiment Royal Artillery in 2004 and served on Operation Herrick 7 in Afghanistan as a gunner.

He studied TV production at the City of Glasgow College and was a cameraman for a few years, later picking up a stills camera, which he prefers.

He said: "What’s great about taking pictures of the army is it’s all about the people. The navy and airforce guys have ships and planes to photograph, but we’re always photographing people. Even if it’s about a piece of equipment, it’s all about the person who’s there.

"They’ve all got different stories. Everyone’s got different backgrounds. So you get to know a bit about them. Especially when you’re working in London, you get to be part of a lot of very important, prestigious events and ceremonial events. You get to see behind the scenes."

  (Bdr Murray Kerr)
via STV via STV

"It’s as much for the mums and wives back home getting a good picture, as it is for the army getting a good picture," added Murray.

"That’s what I enjoy. Doing a service for the army and making people look good.

"Getting to see people and getting to be a part of something, there’s a creative process that I really enjoy. Thinking about things and coming up with interesting angles and seeing people in a new way."

  (Bdr Murray Kerr - The Old Guard)
via STV via STV

The annual competition is open to all regular and reserve personnel, staff and cadets of the Combined Cadet Force, Army Cadet Force, University Officer Training Corps (Army), and MOD civilians and contractors who work directly with the army.

The aim of the competition is to capture images taken across the army that would otherwise be unobtainable.

  (Bdr Murray Kerr - Single Mindedness)
via STV via STV

The overall winner of the professional portfolio was Sgt Rupert Frere and the best online image, voted for by the public, was Ocdt Adam Webb from London.

Command Master Photographer WO1 Will Craig said: "As the organiser of the Army Photographic Competition this year I am very pleased with the high standard of entries showing a diverse range of soldiers doing their day-to-day jobs."

Categories were judged by Richard Pohle, staff photographer on The Times, Gary Sullivan OBE, founder and chairman of Wilson James Limited, and Colonel Bethan Targett, Army Media and Communication.

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