Exmouth photographer wins services competition

An Exmouth dad has won the top prize in the annual service-wide photography competition.

Royal Naval photographer Steve Johncock, 35, won the Life Without Limits category - the third award in three years in the Peregrine Trophy competition.

Steve, who has a nine-year-old daughter, joined the Royal Navy as a writer and qualified as a Royal Navy photographer in 1997.

Since then he has been deployed to Kenya with Commando Helicopter Force in support of the Black Watch and on board HMS Cumberland when it was deployed to the Indian Ocean on counter-piracy operations and to the Arabian Gulf.

The winning snap depicts two sailors on the HMS St Albans soaked while testing the ship’s water systems.

He said: “During this test I took the shot of two marine engineers on board having a bit of fun in the water.

“I hope this image shows that, although our trips away on ship can be long and arduous, the guys and girls onboard still retain a good sense of humour and take advantage of any opportunity to boost their morale.”