West-based photographer takes out prestigious prize

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Gary McHugh (author), ABIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Stirling, Rosemary Rodwell Memorial Prize

Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, Captain Brian Delamont, RAN, presents Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Richard Cordell with the 2017 Rosemary Rodwell Award first place trophy in the Navy Imagery Unit-West at HMAS Stirling. (photo: ABIS Christopher Szumlanski)
Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, Captain Brian Delamont, RAN, presents Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Richard Cordell with the 2017 Rosemary Rodwell Award first place trophy in the Navy Imagery Unit-West at HMAS Stirling.

In a time when we are inundated with various forms of imagery on a daily basis, it takes something pretty special to stand out from the crowd in the photography world. 

And so it was that Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Richard Cordell, from Navy Imagery Unit - West (NIU-W) located at HMAS Stirling, took out this year’s Rosemary Rodwell Memorial Prize for his photograph of a Navy task group at anchor in Geographe Bay, Western Australia. 

LSIS Richard Cordell's award-winning image - HMAS Parramatta positioned in the middle of a formation anchorage, with the other participating units of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17.

LSIS Richard Cordell's award-winning image - HMAS Parramatta positioned in the middle of a formation anchorage, with the other participating units of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17.

The photograph, taken during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2017, was one of a number of entrants in the annual competition that is open to all Navy Imagery Specialist sailors. 

Speaking at the award ceremony, Stirling Commanding Officer Captain Brian Delamont said LSIS Cordell’s winning image typified the high quality of work being produced by NIU-W Imagery Specialists. 

“This is an excellent example of the quality photographs and video being produced by the team of Imagery Specialists here in the west,” he said.

“To be awarded the Rosemary Rodwell prize and for your photograph to stand out from all the other high-quality imagery taken by your peers is an incredible achievement and one you should be very proud of.” 

The competition is named in honour of former Petty Officer Writer Rosemary Rodwell (nee Ferazzo) who served for more than 20 years in the RAN. 

Petty Officer Rodwell passed away in 1987 as a result of a motor vehicle accident, and a trust fund in her honour was established by her family to recognise the Imagery Specialist sailor who best demonstrates the pursuit of excellence. 

LSIS Cordell, who also took out equal second and third place in this year’s competition, was awarded a cheque for $100, a personalised glass trophy, and will have his name added to the Rosemary Rodwell wall plaque along with previous winners.