British Army Captain Sam Davies has won the Amateur Video category in this year’s Army Film and Photographic Competition. His video, titled “Sounds of Biathlon”, tips a cap to Captain Davies’ passion for outdoor activities.
The 28-year-old Light Dragoons officer previously worked in Adelaide, Australia, as an outdoor education instructor, before commissioning in 2017, a stark contrast to the environment of his hometown of Malton, North Yorkshire.
He said” “To be honest it was a real surprise when I heard that I had won the Amateur Video category, as I know that there is always a lot of great entries and the standard is very high. It’s very humbling to know that someone else appreciates what you’ve made and I’m very grateful!”
Captain Davies’ parents Timothy and Philippa have watched him go from strength to strength throughout his career and are proud of his recent win in the competition. They are looking forward to seeing what he produces next year whilst fulfilling his role as Squadron second in command of The Light Dragoons in Catterick, North Yorkshire.
Captain Davies added: “I think videography offers a lot of room for variation compared to photography – other aspects like speed, sound and editing can really change the way you can tell a story and put people in the moment of what’s happening. I enjoy using film to take a different perspective on something that people may have seen many times before. However, that can make it quite daunting!”
“I certainly hope I’ll be entering next year’s competition; it will be fun to try and think of the next project.”
British Army Film and Photographic Competition host and judge Command Master Photographer WO1 (SSM) Daniel Harmer, RLC, said: “I was really blown away with the amount and quality of the submissions in all of the photographic and video categories, especially during a very challenging and demanding 2020. The judging was a tough task and I’m really pleased with all the winners and runners up.”
Credit: Captain Sam Davies © MoD Crown Copyright 2021