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Award-winning army pictures show life on the frontline and at home

A collection of award-winning photographs of army life have been released by the Ministry of Defence.

The pictures, which appeared in the annual Army Photographic Competition, were taken by professional and amateur soldier photographers.

ITV News' Nina Nannar met some of the soldier photographers:

The shots show troops in frontline action in Afghanistan, training in the UK and taking part in both sport and parades.

Runner Up, Army Amateur Portrait category: Capt Richard Willing's 'Lightning and his handler'. Credit: Capt Richard Willing / MoD
Winner, Amateur Portfolio: Soldiers from 32 Regiment Royal Artillery conduct pre-tour training. Credit: Captain Dave Scammell / MoD
General Officer Commanding of 1st Armoured Division hosts reception in the city of Hannover, Germany. Credit: Sgt Mark Nesbit / MoD

The overall winning picture (below), shows soldiers climbing on board an aircraft at the end of a mission in Afghanistan.

Winner, Best Overall Image, Army Photographic Competition 2012: Operation Herrick 15. Credit: Sergeant Mark Nesbit / MoD

The photograph was taken by Sergeant Mark Nesbit, 40, from Leeds, who said:

Having spent most of the last 12 months working with video, my stills portfolio isn't as extensive as I would like but my camera and 50mm manual lens went everywhere with me looking for the opportunist shot. I am very happy to have been recognised for my photographic work.

Other pictures include colleagues of Captain Heather Stanning celebrate as she won rowing gold in the London 2012 Olympics.

Winner, Amateur Operational Image: Regiment Royal Artillery cheer as colleague Captain Heather Stanning wins Olympic gold. Credit: Captain Dave Scammell / MoD
Two soldiers from the Brigade Reconnaissance Force get some sleep after a search mission. Credit: Corporal Barry Lloyd / MoD
Winner, Professional Operational Image: Soldiers conduct reassurance patrol in Kalang bazaar, Helmand province. Credit: Sergeant Steve Blake / MoD

The winners were invited to a special award's ceremony at the Imperial War Museum in London.

The museum will now display the winning shots.

Winner, Professional Sport: UK Combined Services triumph in The Royal Albert Hall Cup. Credit: Cpl Paul Morrison / MoD
Winner, Professional Portrait: Sergeant Russell Nolan - 'ATF Jump into Scotland' Credit: Sgt Russ Nolan / MoD
Winner, Amateur Sport. Credit: Warrant Officer Class 1 Clive Smith / MoD