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October 25th 2017

Teenager celebrates success in Army Photographic Competition

2nd Cat3 Cadet Life 'Sister Selfie' CSM Lucy Waller

Lucy Waller

A former Northampton Army Cadet has been named runner-up in the Cadet’s category of the prestigious Army Photographic Competition 2017.

Lucy Waller, aged 18, didn’t know the photo she had taken of her sister Becca, aged 16, at the end of an Army Cadet Force camp had been entered into the Cadet Life category until she was told she had made the final.

“I had been taking photos all week on one of our camps,” said Lucy who lives in Brixworth.  “At the end of the week I didn’t think I had that many photos so I took a few photos of Becca.  I suppose because she was my sister I was comfortable taking photos of her.”

“Photography was something I just got involved in to help promote our cadet detachment. I also wrote a few articles as well and really enjoyed it.”

Lucy who joined the cadets when she was 12-years-old continued: “There is so much to think about when taking a photo which was all explained to me by the Adult Army Instructors. I was shocked to find out I’d been entered and that I’d made the final, especially when I found out it was a national competition. Becca just laughed when I told her. I think she was a bit embarrassed.”

Cadet CSM Lucy Waller

Cadet CSM Lucy Waller

She continued:  It’s just a lovely way to end my time with the cadets.”

Lucy was a member of ‘A’ Company, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Army Cadet Force, based at Gibraltar Barracks, Northampton and left a few weeks ago when she turned 18; the upper age limit for the Army Cadets. She is now considering returning as an Adult Instructor.

The competition has been running for more than 20 years, many of the entries have traditionally come from trained Army photographers from the Royal Logistic Corps.

Other categories in the competition – including video, for social media – remain open to any Regular Army and Army Reserve personnel, as well as cadets including the Army’s University Officer Training Corps. Ministry of Defence civilians who work directly for the Army can also enter.

“Photography was something I just got involved in to help promote our cadet detachment. I also wrote a few articles as well and really enjoyed it.”