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Gurkha Photography Competition 2019

This year the Brigade of Gurkhas will run a Photography Competition open to all serving members of the Brigade of Gurkhas and Gurkha Veterans. 

There will be a prize for the best image and this will be presented by the Colonel Commandant Brigade of Gurkhas. The winning image will also feature in an edition of Parbate in 2019.

The best images will also feature on our various websites and social media channels to enhance the brand of the Brigade of Gurkhas.

If you are a professional photographer in your own right you are not allowed to enter and any entries made from such parties will be removed from the competition. HQBG reserves the right to disallow any entries or persons submitting entries. 

So please submit your entries (up to 3 per person) and application form to: rhq3parbate@gmail.com no later than 31st May 2019.

 

GURKHA AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION 2019 ENTRY GUIDELINES

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the first Brigade of Gurkhas Photographic Competition aimed at serving personnel and veterans of the Brigade of Gurkhas. Closing date for entries is 31st May 19. Below is a simple criteria and application form for submissions.

OVERVIEW

In order to take part, you must be a serving member of the Brigade of Gurkhas or Gurkha veteran at the time the application process ends on 31st May 19.

Any person or image that does not fulfil the criteria will be ignored. Personal submission details must be correct, or the entry will be ignored. All entries must be by email to rhq3parbate@gmail.com

We will not respond to email entries unless necessary.

You will be informed by email if you were in the top 6. The Winner will receive a prize.

HQBG will not be liable for any costs of capturing and sending the images.

IMAGE SIZE

The file size must be at least 3MB. Set your device to capture at its maximum resolution. If unsure look up how to do this online for your chosen device.

DEVICE USED FOR IMAGE CAPTURE

Images can be captured on any device as long as the minimum image size of 3MB can be met.

TIMEFRAME OF IMAGES

As this is the first Gurkha Photographic Competition, the images must have been taken in a period from Jan 2018 up to the date you send them in. This office can recognise images that are taken outside this timeframe from the metadata attached to any image.

IMAGE COMPOSITION

Top tip: We are looking for people focused images that will enhance the Gurkha Brand should the images be used by Headquarters Brigade of Gurkhas.

The images can be of any event relating to Gurkhas: Exercises, Training, Sport, Adventurous Training, Social, Portraits, Groups or Teams etc.

If you are supplying images taken on Operations, you may need to seek clearance from PJHQ. If unsure, send it to the POC’s email (detailed below) with enough time for the question to be asked to PJHQ. If the operation is in the past, a judgement call can be made in the office as to whether we can use that submission.

We will not accept collages – multiple images on one pasted together in software.

You may use software to enhance the photograph. Noting that simple is often the best.

Images can be portrait or landscape.

COPYRIGHT

You must have taken the image(s). You must have permission to take the image(s). If the images show children under the age of 16 you must have parental permission in place to take and use that image for this competition. Anyone found to be representing images as their own but they did not take them will face disciplinary actions and if raised as an issue by an outside agency legal action for copyright infringement.

SUBMISSION

You can send up to 3 images.

Cut of date for submissions is 31 May 2019. Any entry after this date will be ignored.

HQBG will retain all images for possible use on HQBG and or GBA outputs, digital or printed. No reference to the photographer will be made if the images are used post the competition

Application forms must be completed in full. The Application form is available on this webpage or this link.

PRIZES

The top prize will be worth approx. £150 (not cash) to be announced in due course.

Top six winning entries will appear in PARBATE, GBA website and social media.

They will be displayed at the Brigade of Gurkhas annual conference at Brigade Week and Brigade Bhela in July 19.

The winner will be invited to receive their prize from the Colonel Commandant Brigade of Gurkhas and or Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas.

Guidelines correct as at 19th February 2019, but are subject to change.

GUIDELINES PDF

Gurkha photographic 19 Competition Guidelines

APPLICATION FORM

Photography competition 19 application form

Corporal Puspa Gurung Queen’s Gurkha Signals was presented his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal at the Headquarters Brigade of Gurkhas by Major General JJ Cole OBE, Commander Queen’s Gurkha Signals.

Born in the western part of Nepal, Corporal Puspa enlisted into the Brigade of Gurkhas in 24th December 2003.

On completion of basic trade training as an Area Systems Operator, he was posted to 2 Signal Regiment in 2005. Till date, he has served with 18, 22 and 30 Signal Regiments, Nepal Signal Troop and is currently serving at Headquarters Brigade of Gurkhas as a Media NCO.

During his career, he has deployed on Operation HERRICK 7, Operation KIRKDALE, Operation ELLAMY and various exercises in Kenya, Cyprus, Nepal and UK providing CIS services, Command Tac CIS and Close Support Security.

In 2015, he was serving at Nepal Signal Troop when Nepal faced a catastrophic natural disaster.  He was the focal point to an immediate Primary Communication back to UK and setting up Ops Room with BGAN voice and data services, providing CIS support to the staff officers and working with the British Embassy for the evacuation and safety of all soldiers, families, British citizens and LECs. He was also deployed with the British Embassy Rapid Response Team to Nuwakot Army Base Camp providing Communication Support and distribution of aid and assistance to the earthquake victims.

For 15 years of loyal and unblemished service, Corporal Puspa Gurung is awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct medal.

England Football Team Captain Harry Kane was awarded with an MBE by HRH The Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace for services to football.

Harry Kane is seen here with The Queen’s Gurkha Orderly Officers, Captain Kiran Pun  and Captain Kamal Khapung at Buckingham Palace after receiving the award last week.

The Embassy of Nepal in London hosted the annual Nepal Army Day event on Monday 4th March 2019. 

Principal guests included:

  • Various Defence Attachés
  • Personalities associated with Nepal
  • Minister of State for the Armed Forces (The Rt Hon Mark Lancaster TD MP)
  • Deputy Chief of the General Staff (Lieutenant General N A W Pope CBE)
  • Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas
  • and members of the Brigade of Gurkhas (BG)

The Rt Hon Mark Lancaster addressed the attendees and Lieutenant General N A W Pope CBE presented a painting of the Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment soldier at the summit of Mount Everest in 2017, the soldier in the painting was part of successful team effort to summit the worlds highest mountain in 2017 by the Brigade of Gurkhas. 

The Ambassador thanked everyone in attendance for their continued support to Nepal and to the continued good relationship between the UK and Nepal. 

On the 22nd March 2019, Colonel J G Robinson, current and long serving Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas, was presented the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty The Queen. 

Throughout his unparalleled six-year tenure, he has made an immense contribution to the Colours. He advises CGS and Ministers on Gurkha matters and manages the practicalities of issues as far back as the 1947 Tripartite Agreement with India and Nepal through modern immigration policy for Nepali citizens with family connections to British Gurkhas.

In 2015 he oversaw Gurkha 200, the bicentennial of Gurkhas in the British Army.

He has worked tirelessly to reinforce the esprit de corps of the Brigade and ensure that it is able to give its absolute utmost to the Army.

He has demonstrated extraordinary ability, vision, capacity and resilience, as well as results, well above what should be expected, and on sustained basis.

The Gurkha Recruiting Website has been updated. Please use the below link to find out the most up to date information on British Army Recruitment. Videos of physical tests will follow soon.

 

Dear all Gurkha Brigade Association friends, please find below the link to all online version of Parbate.

This is March’s edition and it covers some events including:

  • Gurkha Recruit Intake 19 Reception and Induction
  • Operation CABRIT – Poland
  • The Police Liaison Detachment (PLD) on Operation TORAL 7
  • 10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment in Oman
  • Gurkha Memorial Construction Falkland Islands
  • Exercise TIGER GRANADA KHUKURI

The Brigade of Gurkhas Media Team.

The Brigade Culture and Language Team (BCLT) is currently in Nepal to deliver a ten week long residential Nepali language course.  The Survival Nepali Language Course (SNLC), as it is known, is run in British Gurkhas Pokhara and commenced on 18th February 2019.

The SNLC is in its second week and expected to finish on 25th April 2019 following which they complete a two week long Directed Duty Trek in Nepal. A total of ten new Young Officers across the Brigade of Gurkhas Units are participating on the course.

Colonel Royal Gurkha Rifles, Major General Strickland DSO MBE visited the BCLT during his visit to Nepal on 26th February 2018 and was briefed on its activities. He also took the time to meet the students where he re-emphasised the importance and the relevance of Young Officers learning the Nepali language. 

The delivery of Nepali language and culture to prepare British officers and soldiers to serve with Gurkhas goes to the heart of the Brigade. The SNLC offers a rare opportunity to Young Officers joining the Brigade to learn, first hand, about the people, culture and the rich tradition of the Gurkha soldier in a unique environment. 

 

On 11th March 2019 members of the Brigade of Gurkhas gathered with International Commonwealth dignitaries, representatives of International organisations, Embassies, High Commissions and Service representatives for the Commonwealth Commemoration event at the Memorial Gates on Constitution Hill, London.

The history behind the Memorial.

On the 6th November 2002 Her Majesty The Queen officially inaugurated the Memorial Gates on Constitution Hill, in London. These Gates have been erected as a lasting memorial to honour the five million men and women from the Indian subcontinent, Africa and the Caribbean who volunteered to serve with the Armed Forces during the First and Second World Wars. They also celebrate the contribution that these men and women and their descendants, members of the Commonwealth family, continue to make to the rich diversity of British society.

Since Her Majesty opened the Memorial Gates on Constitution Hill in 2002, there has been a wreath laying ceremony at the Memorial Gates to commemorate the actions of all those from the Empire who sought for the British in the two World Wars.

On 10th March Rt Hon Mark Lancaster TD VR MP, Minister of State for the Armed Forces, announced an expansion to the Brigade of Gurkhas which will see it provide an additional Queen’s Gurkha Engineer Squadron, two additional Queen’s Gurkha Signals Squadrons and additional support to the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Support Battalion and the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas. 

He also confirmed the reformation of 3rd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles to become the British Army’s fifth Specialised Infantry Battalion (SpIB).

The 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR15) set out the Army’s plans to develop up to five specialised infantry battalions. Specialised Infantry Battalions consist of about 270 personnel, roughly half the size of an ordinary infantry battalion.

They are made up of Non-Commissioned Officers/Senior Non-Commissioned Officers and officers as their role is to train, advise, assist and mentor designated partner nation, something that private soldiers would not be experienced enough to do.

They will operate overseas in specified regions on a long-term basis, to enable the formation of strong relationships and to gain in-depth knowledge of their areas of responsibility including the terrain, culture and language.

The expansion in the Brigade will allow Gurkhas to access more career opportunities, including promotion and increased chances to serve a full 24-year Army career within the Brigade of Gurkhas.  To assist with initial requirements, there will be an increase in Gurkha recruiting from 270 in 2018 to 432 personnel per year for the next few years.

The announcement in full can be found on the gov.uk website 

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