So here is my annual round up of 2016 in pictures!
This year has been pretty busy to be honest. I've travelled to a few countries, seen some amazing things, met some great people, won professional photographer of the year and experienced some pretty groovy stuff!
Some of these pictures have never been seen before. Some you will have already seen from previous blogs.
Same as last year its pretty picture heavy, just keep scrolling.
The first Job of the year was jet setting to Brunei. For more info on that trip check out this blog post- http://www.jonesmrjones.co.uk/blog/2016/2/up-to-my-neck-in-water-in-the-jungles-of-brunei
This goat was being taken off to be slaughtered, skinned, cooked and eaten.
Soldiers eating ants.
The guys were shown how to gut fish.
The goat being slaughtered.
The team out in the jungle.
Some of the places that we stumbled across looked amazing.
This was one of the entries into this years phot comp.
Another entry into the phot comp
Some of the guys chilling off in a river.
Me working on a boat in Brunei.
The next job was covering female members training in a local boxing gym in Stafford. It was pretty cool meeting the girls. I just observed them training for a few hours, got to know them and got some good shots.
This shot was another that I entered into the phot comp.
I spent a few days on Otternburn training area with 26 RA, more on that job here- http://www.jonesmrjones.co.uk/blog/2016/2/as90-self-propelled-gun Another image from the phot comp.
I love this shot it shows the size and power of the AS90
This job was down in London for the Operation GRANBY memorial service in the guards chapel.
Inside the guards chapel.
I travelled all the way up to Carlise castle to set up a few photos that Army Phots had taken late last year for the response to the flooding up north.
The images were on show to the public and local dignitaries
This job is always fun. It's a regular task up in the Midlands, the final training before soldiers deploy on Operation TOSCA to Cyprus. This shot was put into my winning portfolio for this years phot comp.
I always like to get involved with stuff like this. I got hit a few times but its worth it for the shots.
A little pic of me at work. I took a potential photographer with me on this job and he grabbed a few of me at work.
I was off to Tidworth to cover the boxing for 1 RRF against 13 RLC. It was my first time covering boxing it was pretty hard but cracked how to do it in the end.
Another boxing night, this time at Bramcote Barracks for the Royal Signals champs. They had much better light at this boxing event!
This job was an odd one. I had was tasked to follow a US General round for a couple of days while he did visit to the UK.
Back down to London for this job- www.jonesmrjones.co.uk/blog/2016/9/tea-and-medals-meeting-a-bunch-of-actual-heroes
And for the HAC open evening.
I would never though I would see a 105 light gun fire in the centre of London.
Off to sunny Cyprus for a couple of days for this. I was on video so didn't take any stills apart from this goat in a tree.
Shrewsbury for this next task
The first church in the UK to sign the Armed Forces Covenant.
I was off to HQ ARRC for their annual music festival. I enjoyed this job as nightlife and festivals was where I first got into photography.
The Bootleg Beatles.
A couple of days in Birmingham city centre for Armed Forces Day. The flag raising and the actual day itself. I feel that this event gets less and less attended every year.
Off to Northampton for a job with the Police and The Royal Anglians.
The Brigade Commander of 11th Signal and West Midlands Brigade was doing a sponsored bike ride to France.
I covered this job last year, it was the annual Brigade reception. I positioned myself at a different viewpoint this year and got some different shots. It worked pretty well as you don't really see events like this from this point of view.
202 Field Hospital had set up a field hospital in a real hospital in Shropshire.
This was a model of the field hospital set up in Iraq.
I had covered this job the previous year. It was the Raksha Bandhan festival at a Hindu temple in Birmingham. It was a pretty groovy event, we got to see the whole temple, listen to members of the Armed Forces Hindu Network and eat some lush food that the temple had cooked for us.
Another training exercise before a unti deployed for Cyprus on OP TOSCA. I didn't cover the public order bit this time just the helicopter emergency drills. There was a lot of fake blood and some great acting by the amputees.
Next trip was off to Germany for a few days to cover a big NATO exercise. 14 nations were involved with a hell of a lot of armour and people!
On the way back from Germany we did a short stopover in France to cover a ceremony involving HRH The Prince of Wales and The Royal Tank Regiment.
Shortly after the Germany job I was posted to Andover as part of a 3 man Combat Camera Team (CCT)
My first week there was a busy one. This was the first job I was on. At Copehill down covering FIBUA
Back down to London for the state visit of the President of Colombia.
First job on Salisbury plain in a while. Went off with one of the new Phots Ben to do some stuff with the HCR.
This was a long old night. The Army Sports Awards.
London for Remembrance Sunday. More pictures from that job here- https://www.facebook.com/jonesmrjones.co.uk/posts/10153950681156053
In the afternoon I went off to Wellington Barracks for the Black Sunday remembrance parade for the Welsh Guards. It was The Prince of Wales's Birthday the day after and everyone sang Happy Birthday to him in Welsh.
And to my penultimate job of the year, EX ICE READY in Norway. More on that one here- http://www.jonesmrjones.co.uk/blog/2016/12/the-hardest-conditions-i-have-ever-taken-photos-in
My final job. Pretty shite to be honest. Was just a grip and grin in the Headquarters for a sports comp. This was the only interesting shot I got.
Well that was it for 2016. Pretty busy. got up to some groovy stuff and got named British Army Photographer of the year.
Back to work in Jan and a few more jobs lined up already. Hoping to get a few more passport stamps and to go on some amazing adventures.
Hope everyone has had a great year!
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