as well as vital engineering support. Currently aRAF Photographer ‘back- seats’ as Circus 10 during the RAFAT flying season.

can often lead to creative and striking imagery.

On completion of training at DSOP, photographerswill be posted to their first unit, usually into aPhotographic Section on aMain Operating Base. They will then return to DSOP to augment their training on the Defence Media Operations Photographer Course; a two week course honing skills to output Media and Public Relations imagery. RAF Photographers are also required to complete the Defence Professional Video Techniques Course, designed to train Photographers in the discipline of video capture, editing and output.

Day-to-day in a Photographic Section RAF Photographers can expect to carry- out awide variety of tasks in support of station activities. This could include engineering tasks on aircraft, vehicles or weaponry,scenes of crime and RAF Police support, or tasks supporting public relations and station media plans. Photographers also get the opportunity to accompany station sections and flying squadrons on avariety of exercises in the UK and abroad, as well as covering VIP visits, sports events and ceremonial duties.

Specialist roles As photographic subject matter experts within the RAF,photographers can also find themselves engaged in dedicated, specialist roles across the UK, and worldwide. These roles include:

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team (RAFAT)– Photographers travel far and wide in this demanding, high profile role. Every display,whether for the public or training, is captured on video for debriefing and Civil Aviation Authority regulation purposes. The RAF Scampton based photographers also travel with the team to provide breathtaking PR imagery,

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Air Combat Service Support Unit (ACSSU) Photographic Operations – Located at RAF Halton, ACSSU photographers provide arapid high- readiness capability to respond to any Contingency Operations or Humanitarian Missions across the globe in support of UK Defence Policy.Inrecent years this role has seen photographers deploy to West Africa, the Middle East, the US and the Far East to deliver timely,informative media packages to great success. The unit also offers wider media support for RAF and Defence KeyMessaging.

Joint Air Delivery Test &Evaluation Unit (JADTEU) – Working out of RAF Brize Norton (the RAF’s main Air Transport Gateway) JADTEU photographers primarily support awide variety of ground and airborne trials, often travelling globally in the process. This can involve anything from equipment being deployed by parachute, to the transportation of vehicles and aircraft within the RAF’s transport fleet.

Reconnaissance Intelligence Geographic Centre (Northern Ireland) (RIGC (NI)) – Photographers working within the RIGC (NI) maintain the last bastion of RAF wet-film capability in support of UK Security Operations. Working alongside personnel from the British Army and colleagues from other RAF trades, photographers have contributed towards successful security operations during the London 2012 Olympics and the 2013 G8 Summit.

Airborne Delivery Wing (ADW) – The sole Photographer based at ADW, RAF Brize Norton, records safety assurance footage of all parachute training carried- out by UK Airborne and Special Forces in the UK and overseas.

Directorate of Defence Communications – Working mainly in the greater London area, this single photographic role captures and provides stills and video imagery for proactive news-based content to enhance the reputation of UK Defence.

RAF Photographers are also situated in overseas posts, both on rolling detachments and in permanent Photographic Sections. These include permanent posts at RAF Akrotiri (Cyprus) and RAF Gibraltar in support of British

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