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Sultan photographer proves his eye for a shot in RN archery competition

1 April 2016
An award winning photographer from HMS Sultan recently demonstrated how having an eye for a decent shot isn’t necessarily something that’s restricted to a camera, after winning in the RN Indoor Recurve Archery Competition.

In only his second year of competitive Archery, Leading Photographer Dave Jenkins (38), Shot an impressive score of 536 out of a possible 600 in a Portsmouth style round at 20 yards with 6 dozen arrows, to narrowly beat the nearest competitor by just 1 point!

The competition, held at HMS Sultan, saw over 30 archers of different disciplines battle it out in their individual categories.

Dave is better known for his work as one of the Royal Navy’s exceptional core of photographers. Over the past nine years he has been deployed around the globe, with several award winning photos within the Peregrine Trophy, including in the 2014 Media Operations Category for his night flying image of HMS Dragon’s Lynx Mk8 Helicopter.

On the day of the competition everything just came together and I was able to put in my best performance so far, it was a great feeling to win, especially within such a tight margin.

Leading Photographer Dave Jenkins

After adding an RN Archery Trophy to his Phot collection Dave said: “I took up archery about 2 years ago through helping at a local Scout group and enjoyed it, so I looked into joining a local club”.

“In last year’s competition I finished 7th and since then I have been gradually improving with the help of other members of the club. On the day of the competition everything just came together and I was able to put in my best performance so far, it was a great feeling to win, especially within such a tight margin.”

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