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RAF Image of the Year: Nine shortlisted for public vote

Nine pictures have been shortlisted for the Royal Air Force's image of the year competition, with the public being urged to choose the image they feel best represents the service.

The People's Choice award is part of the RAF's annual Photographic Competition, which depicts the air force in action.

The final entrants, with introductions from the RAF, are as follows:

1. Warming Up for D-Day - Sergeant Peter George, RAF Leeming

"The photograph was taken as this newly painted BBMF (Battle of Britain Memorial Flight) Spitfire was returning from its maiden flight in D-Day colours. It was taken at RAF Coningsby the home of the BBMF."

Warming Up for D-Day Credit: Sergeant Peter George, RAF Leeming

2. Shark Attack, Squadron Leader John Eklund, 7644 Squadron

"An RAF Typhoon appears like a shark from the depths. This photograph was taken from the back of a transport plane over a lake in the Baltic region where the Typhoons are currently deployed in the NATO Baltic Air Policing Role."

Shark Attack Credit: Squadron Leader John Eklund, 7644 Squadron

3. Turn and Burn - SAC Tim Laurence, RAF Northolt

"An RAF Typhoon FGR4 from 29 Sqn Typhoon Display Team performs a high ‘G’ turn and climb in full afterburner at the 2014 Royal International Air Tattoo RAF Fairford."

Turn and Burn Credit: SAC Tim Laurence, RAF Northolt

4. The Unveiling - SAC Adam Fletcher, RAF Aerobatic Team

"This photo was taken during the unveiling of the Red Arrows' 50th Anniversary tail fin design to celebrate their 50th display season. This makeover is the most significant change to the appearance of the team’s Hawk aircraft in its history.

"The tail fin design, in the shape of the Union Flag, reflects the Best of British and emphasises the Red Arrows' role as Ambassadors for the United Kingdom."

The Unveiling Credit: SAC Adam Fletcher, RAF Aerobatic Team

5. As the Sun Sets - SAC Andrew Seaward, RAF Oldiham

"This image depicts a Chinook helicopter from 18(B) Squadron practising dust landings as part of Exercise VORTEX WARRIOR at the US Naval Air Facility, El Centro in California.

"This intense training exercise is designed to exploit similarities in climate and desert conditions between California and Afghanistan to ready the squadron pilots, aircrew, ground crew and support personnel for imminent deployed operations."

As the Sun Sets Credit: SAC Andrew Seaward, RAF Oldiham

6. Summum Bonum (The Highest Good) - Sergeant Ralph Merry, RAF Mobile News Team

"A medic on the Deployable Aeromedical Response Team (DART) from the Tactical Medical Wing radios for support as a 47 Squadron Hercules C130Jreturns to the Deployed Operating Base at RAF Leeming with ‘refugees’ during Exercise CAPABLE EAGLE."

Summum Bonum (The Highest Good) Credit: Sergeant Ralph Merry, RAF Mobile News Team

7. Through the Keyhole - Corporal Rogers, RAF St Magwan

"An RAF Police dog handler puts his police dog ‘Pacino’ through his paces on the dog agility course on Trebelzue airfield at RAF St Mawganin Cornwall."

Through the Keyhole Credit: Corporal Rogers, RAF St Magwan

8. The Bandmaster's Secret - Mr Elias, RAFC Cranwell

"What is the Bandmaster’s secret? Is it the hours of preparation or is it the socks? You decide...

"The Bandmaster of the RAF Regiment Band based at RAFC Cranwell cuts a relaxed pose for this portrait."

The Bandmaster's Secret Credit: Mr Elias, RAFC Cranwell

9. A Breath of Fresh Air - Mr Saxby, RAFC Cranwell

"This is a portrait of a member of the RAF Regiment Band taken whilst on parade at RAFC Cranwell."

A Breath of Fresh Air Credit: Mr Saxby, RAFC Cranwell

The winning photograph will be announced on 2 September.

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