Cranwell team win with sporting snap

A competitior in the 2011 RAF Water-Ski and Wakeboard Championships throws up a plume of water as he truns a bouy in the water-ski competition.'Unless stated otherwise, all imagery by Gordon Elias, Team Leader Serco Photographic Department, RAF Cranwell.'Tel 01400 266598
A competitior in the 2011 RAF Water-Ski and Wakeboard Championships throws up a plume of water as he truns a bouy in the water-ski competition.'Unless stated otherwise, all imagery by Gordon Elias, Team Leader Serco Photographic Department, RAF Cranwell.'Tel 01400 266598

A team at RAF College Cranwell has won prizes at this year’s force photography competition - for the fourth year in a row.

The station’s civilian photo section, which consists of four members and is led by Gordon Elias, collected the award in the sports category.

Gordon Elias, Team Leader of the RAF College Cranwell Photographic Department is pictured with his trophy for capturing the RAF Sport Image of the Year 2012. His image of a water skiier was voted the best by a panel of 3 judges including the picture editor of the Daily Mirror newspaper. It is one of several categories in the annual RAF Photographic Competition. The RAF College Cranwell Photographic Department has a history of winning awards having picked up 11 in the last 4 years. Originally from Prescot, Merseyside, Gordon now lives in Lincoln.''Image by Stephanie May, Photographic Department,  RAF College Cranwell, Sleaford, NG34 8HB. Tel 01400 266598

Gordon Elias, Team Leader of the RAF College Cranwell Photographic Department is pictured with his trophy for capturing the RAF Sport Image of the Year 2012. His image of a water skiier was voted the best by a panel of 3 judges including the picture editor of the Daily Mirror newspaper. It is one of several categories in the annual RAF Photographic Competition. The RAF College Cranwell Photographic Department has a history of winning awards having picked up 11 in the last 4 years. Originally from Prescot, Merseyside, Gordon now lives in Lincoln.''Image by Stephanie May, Photographic Department, RAF College Cranwell, Sleaford, NG34 8HB. Tel 01400 266598

Mr Elias’ picture, Livin on the Edge took first place and was also highly commended in the Technical Image Category for Hard Drive.

His award will join 10 others won by the team in the last four years.

Mr Elias said: “I was absolutely delighted to win the Sport Image award for 2012.

“The standard of imagery improves year-on-year and to be able to remain competitive is a great challenge.

“RAF College Cranwell is home for sport for so many of the RAF’s sporting events though, somewhat ironically, water skiing isn’t one of them!”

Gordon Elias, 51, has been a professional photographer for 32 years. He joined the RAF at the age of 18 and served 29 years. He left in 2008 due to a debilitating hand injury that prevented him from deploying into combat operations and joined the photographic department at RAF College Cranwell.

Born in Liverpool, he now lives in Lincoln with his wife and two children.

Mr Elias is currently very involved in the production of media and imagery for the RAF Rugby League which he believes will provide him with the opportunity to capture something with which to compete again next year.

The competition was judged by freelance photographer Len Dance, deputy picture editor at The Daily Mirror Alex Mead and the former picture editor for Carlton TV Geoff Major.

The judges said that with in excess of 100 years’ pictorial experience between them they were faced with a mammoth task of judging an impressive entry of over 800 images.

Mr Dance said: “I have worked with imagery my entire career, and I was honoured to be invited to judge this year’s competition.

“The quality and technical skills demonstrated through these entries is absolutely fantastic.”

The competition culminated with a ceremony at the RAF Club in London where Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton presented the winners with their awards.

To see more of Gordon’s work visit at www.gordoneliasphotography.com