Major Win in RAF Photography Competition for Halton Photographer

Jane Reilly  |  Published: Dec 22nd 2017

SAC Nicholas Egan from the Air Combat Service Support Unit (ACSSU) Photographic Operations, based at RAF Halton has won awards in the RAF Photographer of the Year competition. 

 

He won Photographer of the Year with his images and his portfolio reads:

1st Place with ‘The One Hundred Club’, ‘Mojave Mayhem’, ‘The Starry Night’ and ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’. Second place went to Sgt Neil Bryden, also from Halton.

 

SAC Egan then went on to win RAF Image of the Year: 1st Place – ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’, 2nd Place – ‘Mojave Mayhem’, and finally, RAF Operational/Exercises Image: 1st Place – ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ and

2nd Place – ‘Mojave Mayhem’.

 

Nicholas is 32 years old and comes from Cambridgeshire. He has always been interested in Photography, and keen to join the Armed Forces, so jumped at the chance when he was accepted as a photographer. Following Basic Training and Phase Two Training at the Defence School of Photography, he was posted to the Reconnaissance Intelligence Geographic Centre, Aldergrove, Northern Ireland. Here he worked in support of 5 Regiment Army Air Corps, UK Security Forces and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). He also covered the G8 Conference, photographing world leaders including Vladimir Putin and Barrack Obama.

 

Following his time in Northern Ireland, he was posted to RAF Odiham, working with the UK Chinook Force. Here he enjoyed numerous flying opportunities, including flypasts over London, and Multinational Training Exercises all over the globe, including time spent on HMS Ocean, and the Mojave Desert in California. He arrived at RAF Halton in February 2017 to join the ACSSU where they maintain the RAF’s High Readiness Media Operations team, as well as covering high profile tasks within the UK and across the Globe.

 

Nicholas said: “When people ask me what it’s like being a photographer in the RAF I reply I have the best job in the world. I work in a trade teeming with talent, and have made great friends across the military community. I often find myself taking a moment to appreciate how fortunate I really am. We work alongside some incredible people in the military, in some amazing environments, and I get to do this whilst doing something I am truly passionate about. Winning the awards has been a massive highlight of my career.”

Blowin' in the Wind, by SAC Nicholas Egan, courtesy RAF Halton
Blowin' in the Wind, by SAC Nicholas Egan, courtesy RAF Halton
Mojave Mayhem, by SAC Nicholas Egan, courtesy RAF Halton
Mojave Mayhem, by SAC Nicholas Egan, courtesy RAF Halton
SAC Nicholas Egan, courtesy RAF Halton
SAC Nicholas Egan, courtesy RAF Halton
The One Hundred Club, by SAC Nicholas Egan, courtesy RAF Halton
The One Hundred Club, by SAC Nicholas Egan, courtesy RAF Halton
The Starry Night, by SAC Nicholas Egan, courtesy RAF Halton
The Starry Night, by SAC Nicholas Egan, courtesy RAF Halton
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