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Date posted: 21-09-2015
A computer analyst from Eltham, south London, has been declared the winner of the Biggin Hill Airport Photographic Competition 2015 with a dynamic picture of aircrew running to their Spitfires. The picture was taken on the commemoration of the ‘Hardest Day’ at the airport on 18th August.
Ian Amis (47) was among spectators with his camera, a Canon 600D, for the event last month when twenty two Spitfires and four Hurricanes flew to commemorate the turning point in the Battle of Britain in the summer of 1940. His shot of the pilot scramble by the re-enactor team against a background of Spitfires has, in the opinion of the judges, best typified the deep-rooted public admiration held for the contribution of Churchill’s ‘Few’ and their ground crews.
“Ian’s picture presents an evocative representation of the sense of urgency that prevailed during each and every day at RAF Biggin Hill during that period 75 years ago” says airport MD Will Curtis.
Commented Ian upon hearing the news of his win – “I am very proud to have won this photographic competition. Being taken to the International Air Fair many years ago sparked a life-long interest in aviation that continues to this day”
Two pictures were awarded a Highly Recommended rating by the judges, a fine image by Louise Humphreys of Hayes (Bromley) of a Spitfire with the 21st century skyline of high-rise buildings of the City of London in the frame. The second image was a wide-angle shot of Spitfires in the park with silent engines captured by Steve Gurman from Bromley.
In the under 15’s category, 14-year old Ned Hayward of Crockenhill submitted a prize-winning shot of an RAF Typhoon in flight taken at the Festival of Flight in June
A total of 120 photographs were submitted by 49 photographers, the majority of whom were local people. The eclectic mix of subjects included various views of the airport, the RAF Memorial Chapel, the Red Arrows on the ground and in the air, Spitfires, Hurricanes and business jets.
Pictures submitted by the top 10 finalists will be on display for public viewing at ‘The Lookout’ airport café from this week.
Winners Ian Amis and Ned Hayward both receive a flying lesson with the Surrey & Kent Flying Club. Ian also receives a photographers pass for the Festival of Flight in June 2016.