Tattoo photography competition winners revealed

A shot of the iNgobamakhosi Zulu Dance Troupe performing battle songs has been chosen as the top entry in the 2014 Tattoo Photographic Competition.

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A panel of judges, including Scotsman Group Picture Editor, Roger Jonathan, photography lecturer and former official Tattoo Photographer, Brian Swinburne and the Army in Scotland and Edinburgh Tattoo Photographer Mark Owens, selected Pavol Čepček's shot as the outstanding image from hundreds of entries from across the globe.

Pavol, from Slovakia scoops the £500 top prize, just ahead of second placed Pia Anderson from UAE, whose capture of a Royal Marine musician's fanfare won her £250. Third place, and £150, went to Antonie Bellemakers from the Netherlands for his picture of the Singapore Military Police Precision Drill Squad.

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Brigadier David Allfrey, Tattoo Chief Executive and Producer, commented:

We are thrilled with the results of the competition. We have received 100s of entries from all over the World to match the diversity of our 220,000 annual audience. For the first time ever, the top 12 photographers all hail from outside Scotland! A truly international result.

Nine other entries were awarded highly commended, commended, and finalist prizes, as follows:

Highly commended: Frank Britton (Bristol), Colin Hampson (Bury, Lancashire) and Eva Čepčeková (Slovakia).
Commended: Chris Hoddle (Bolton, Lancashire), Jo Hindes (Conwy, Gwynedd) and Hans Hoekstra (Rhenen, The Netherlands).
Finalist: Suzanne Williams (Kent), Jackie Dumbreck (Dorset) and Katie Nelson (West Yorkshire).

The next Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo runs from 7-29 August 2015, with tickets selling very fast already.

Images:
Pavol Čepček/The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Pia Anderson/The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Antonie Bellemakers/The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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