A true work of art is needed to win the Rosemary Rodwell Memorial Prize for Photography, and for the second year in a row Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist (LSIS) Richard Cordell, from Navy Imagery Unit - West (NIU-W), has captured the judges’ eye to win this prestigious award.
The winning photograph for 2018 depicts HMAS Warramunga conducting a night replenishment with the former HMAS Success off the NSW coast, and 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 Ainsley Morthorpe said Leading Seaman Cordell’s winning image typified the professionalism and attention to detail of the products being produced by NIU-W staff.
“The shot is amazing, and as a keen amateur photographer myself I can truly appreciate the dynamism and composition of the photograph,” he said.
“Competing with your peers who are also professionals in this field, and being the successful winner two years in a row is a significant achievement and a great credit to Leading Seaman Cordell’s professionalism.”
Congratulations were also received from category manager Warrant Officer Imagery Specialist Phillip Hunt, who said this was the first time someone had won the prize two years in a row.
The late Petty Officer Rosemary Rodwell, who was born in Sydney in 1939, provided 20 years’ loyal service as a writer in the RAN and was tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident in 1987.
A trust fund in her honour was established by her family to recognise the imagery specialist sailor who best demonstrates the pursuit of excellence.
Leading Seaman Cordell, who also performed well in the 2017 competition, was presented a cheque for $100, a personalised glass trophy, and will have his name added to the Rosemary Rodwell wall plaque alongside previous winners.