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The winning Sea Cadet entry in the Royal Navy's photography competition
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Fun photo takes first place in Peregrine Trophy competition
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Pantomimes and Sea Cadets don’t often go together. But when these worlds collided recently it helped one young photographer win the best Sea Cadets photo in the Royal Navy's Peregrine Trophy competition.

Able Cadet Henry, from South Yorks District, impressed the judges with his winning photo, Unexpected Fun, which shows how much fun Sea Cadets can be – even when you're not expecting it.

The winner gets to go on an awesome offshore voyage, and wins Sea Cadets vouchers for their unit.

Henry, 15, recently attended the awards ceremony on board the massive naval destroyer HMS Ocean, Britain's biggest warship. He was accompanied by Captain Sea Cadets, and while on board he got to meet the crew and have a tour of the colossal aircraft carrier.

AC Henry on board HMS Ocean

Henry tells us about his winning shot and how photography helped to inspire him to join Sea Cadets...

I joined cadets at the age of 10 as a Junior Sea Cadet. My older brother and sisters were Sea Cadets so I was aware of it from an early age.

I have always enjoyed taking photographs and making short films. Before I joined Sea Cadets, I used to attend events with my siblings and take photos. I like taking photos of all sorts of things, from lichen and fungi to buildings and cadet activities.

My favourite Sea Cadets activity is band. My unit recently restarted a band and I play the cymbals. My winning photo was taken in Barnsley Town Centre, where our band was playing Christmas carols. The 'Ugly Sisters' from the local pantomime were also out promoting their show and posed for a photograph!

When I’m not playing in the band or taking photos, I really enjoy yachting and first aid. I am not great at sailing dinghies, but I love sailing yachts, and it allows me to develop my teamwork. First aid teaches me lifesaving skills, which I have been called upon to use - last year I used them to save the life of someone who had suffered a heart attack.

I also really enjoy Adventure Training, especially mountain biking and rock climbing. A highlight of Sea Cadets for me was climbing Stanage Edge in the Peak District.

The Royal Navy's Peregrine Trophy awards ceremony

I have had a lot of great experiences in Sea Cadets. I was lucky enough to take part in the Queens Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012 – it was such a great day! I have attended lots of courses around the country, gaining many skills and making lots of new friends.

When I leave Sea Cadets I would like to become an engineer, either in the Royal Navy or the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. I really enjoy engineering and have my 3rd Class Marine Engineering.

Outside of cadets I enjoy reading, walking and playing Warhammer.

AC Henry with Captain Sea Cadets at the awards ceremony on board HMS Ocean.

Are you a keen photographer? It’s not too soon to start thinking about next year’s Peregrine Trophy competition. The judges look for photos that illustrate the opportunity, youth, fun, skill, teamwork and determination of Sea Cadets. Read our top tips on how to take a great photo and start capturing the great things you get up to throughout the year.