When many sailors hear the name Rosemary Rodwell, it doesn’t mean much, but for Navy’s Imagery Specialists it means the annual pursuit of the perfect photo.
Established more than 25 years ago, the Navy’s annual Rosemary Rodwell Prize is a much sought after award, presented to the Imagery Specialist who best demonstrates excellence in capturing a memorable photographic image.
The recipient of the award for 2016 was Petty Officer Imagery Specialist Kelvin Hockey.
"I am honoured, pleasantly surprised, and mostly humbled that my image was judged as the top image in the field of my peers,” he said.
“I keep an eye on the Navy Image Gallery [images.navy.gov.au] and I am frequently totally blown away and very impressed with the quality of work that is uploaded.”
His image of a new MH60R ‘Romeo’ Seahawk helicopter at HMAS Albatross was taken during an Air Traffic Control Tower open day when multiple aircraft were airborne in support of the activity.
Petty Officer Hockey said it was the professionalism of his fellow Imagery Specialists that kept the competition strong each year.
“They accomplish exceptional work due to dedication to the tradecraft, commitment to the Australian Defence Force, and the ability to produce quality product in both normal and arduous environments,” he said.
“I am very proud to be a Service Photographer and Royal Australian Navy Imagery Specialist, I keep esteemed company in my community of Navy Phots."
Each year all serving Imagery Specialists in Navy are invited to submit a portfolio of images that they believe is their best work for the previous year, for consideration for the Prize.
Petty Officer Hockey included the image as it was a favourite image of 2016 due to its back story and content.
"I've effectively completed two postings at HMAS Albatross and have a strong connection to the area after being born and raised in the Shoalhaven district.
“Helicopters are one of my favourite machines and their capabilities still amaze me.
“To be able to capture imagery and motion video of the combination of these things is an absolute privilege,” Petty Officer Hockey said.
Petty Officer Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service Writer Rosemary Rodwell was born in Sydney in 1939, and joined the Royal Australian Navy in May 1963 at the age of 24.
Her distinguished career spanned over a period of more than 20 years in the full-time and Reserves, during which she was awarded the British Empire Medal on 14 June 1982.
Postings included Secretary to the Chief of Naval Staff and as an integral member of the Royal Australian Navy Bicentennial Committee.
She passed away in April 1987 as a result of a tragic car accident. In her memory her family established a Trust Fund from which a prize is to be awarded annually due to her passion for photography.