Defence School of Photography

The Defence School of Photography, also known as ‘DSOP’ or ‘The School’ is the centre of excellence within Defence that delivers photographic training to Service personnel across the three Services and Civil Service. The school trains both professional and nonprofessional students across 13 different courses, including video and stills.

Since April, DSOP has seen 225 students pass through its doors, of which 16 have completed 5300 Defence Photographer to become the future of Defence photography.

The latest batch of Defence photographers, course 5300/48, took part in an alternative end to the professional photographic course. Usually, the students conduct a three-day assessment to simulate a photographic section, but his time were involved in a real exercise to consolidate their training and prove their readiness to become Defence photographers. The eight students were part of Exercise Astral Bend and Exercise Osmosis for their final assessment. The exercises, held on RAF Cosford’s airfield, were demonstrations of multi-agency responses to an accident involving the air transport of defence nuclear materials.

DSOP has also seen success elsewhere, with Sgt Traylor, Mr Smith and Mr Allison winning Commanding Officer Commendations for their work with Astra to improve remote learning and Petty Officer Rouse winning the Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity Friends and Family Award at the annual Royal Navy Photographic Competition, the Peregrine Trophy. Sgt Traylor also won Class 9 of the British Autograss Series.

Sgt Traylor and PO Rouse also completed the National Three Peaks Challenge in September, raising over £1700, collectively, for charity. The National Three Peaks Challenge is a hike over the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales.
This includes a 23-mile walk, including 3064m of ascent over the three mountains, along with a 462- mile drive in between, all to be completed in under 24-hours. The pair completed it in a respectable 21 hours and 56 minutes.