Photo award for Wattisham Apache in fireball stunt

An Army Air Corps Apache from the display team wowing crowds at the Royal International Air Tattoo was a winner for Cpl Jamie Peters RLC ANL-140810-151654001
An Army Air Corps Apache from the display team wowing crowds at the Royal International Air Tattoo was a winner for Cpl Jamie Peters RLC ANL-140810-151654001

A spectacular picture of one of Wattisham Airfield’s Apache attack helicopters hovering in front of a fireball has been voted by Facebook users to be the Best Overall Image in the Army’s annual photographic competition.

The vote was new this year and the picture by Royal Logistical Corps photographer Corporal Jamie Peters, inset, topped the poll with 1,671 ‘likes’, beating Armed and Dangerous by Steve Dock with 1,595 votes.

Jamie, from Jedburgh, said: “I was pretty happy when I found out I’d won. It’s a good feeling that lots of people enjoyed my image more than the other ones.”

The picture was taken at the Royal International Air Tattoo, where the Apache display team used pyrotechnics to simulate the Apache’s firepower and finished with a grand finale fireball hover.

Command master photographer Will Craig, a member of the Royal Logistic Corps who organised this year’s competition, said of the entries: “We’ve seen a very high standard again, especially on the professional side. It gets better each year.”