Biggin Hill Airport’s photo competition captures the spirit of The Few

PUBLISHED: 14:13 16 September 2015 | UPDATED: 14:14 16 September 2015

Biigin Hill photography competition - highly recommended Steve Gurman

Biigin Hill photography competition - highly recommended Steve Gurman


Winner’s trip to international air fair years ago sparked life-long interest in aircraft

Biigin Hill photography competition winner Ian AmisBiigin Hill photography competition winner Ian Amis

A dynamic picture of aircrew running to their Spitfires has won the Biggin Hill Airport Photographic Competition 2015.

Computer analyst Ian Amis, 47, from Eltham, won with a photo taken on the commemoration of the ‘Hardest Day’ at the airport on August 18.

Mr Amis was among spectators for the event last month when twenty two Spitfires and four Hurricanes flew to commemorate the turning point in the Battle of Britain in the summer of 1940.

His picture of the pilot scramble by the re-enactor team against a background of Spitfires has, in the opinion of the judges, ‘best typified the deep-rooted public admiration held for the contribution of Churchill’s ‘Few’ and their ground crews’.

Biigin Hill photography competition - highly recommended Louise HumphreysBiigin Hill photography competition - highly recommended Louise Humphreys

Mr Amis said: “I am very proud to have won this photographic competition. Being taken to the International Air Fair many years ago sparked a life-long interest in aviation that continues to this day”

Airport managing director Will Curtis said: “Ian’s picture presents an evocative representation of the sense of urgency that prevailed during each and every day at RAF Biggin Hill during that period 75 years ago.”

Two pictures were awarded a highly recommended rating by the judges, a fine image by Louise Humphreys, from Hayes, of a Spitfire with the 21st century skyline of high-rise buildings of the City of London in the frame, and the second image was a wide-angle shot of Spitfires in the park with silent engines captured by Steve Gurman, from Bromley.

The under 15 category was won by 14-year old Ned Hayward, from Crockenhill, who submitted a shot of an RAF Typhoon in flight taken at the Festival of Flight in June.

A total of 120 photographs were submitted by 49 photographers with subjects ranging from views of the airport, the RAF Memorial Chapel, the Red Arrows on the ground and in the air, Spitfires, Hurricanes and business jets.

Pictures submitted by the top 10 finalists will be on display for public viewing at The Lookout airport cafe from this week.

Both winners receive a flying lesson with the Surrey & Kent Flying Club.

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