The Historic Photographer of the Year awards showcase the world’s very best historic places and cultural sites from across the globe, capturing everything from the most famous national treasures to the obscure and forgotten hidden gems.
Following the phenomenal success of its first year, this year’s competition has attracted astonishing entries from amateurs and professionals who have climbed, hiked and trekked their way to snap stunning historic places from every corner of the globe, from iconic landmarks to far-flung forgotten ruins.
The overall winning image of the medieval island commune of Mont Saint-Michel was shot by Daniel Burton. The 2018 English History category, in partnership with Historic England, was won by Mark Edwards’s image of the Red Sands Sea Forts. The 2018 Ancient History category in partnership with the television channel HISTORY® was won by David Ross’s shot of the ruins of the Callanish Stone Circle, while HISTORY’s Short Filmmaker of the Year Award was won by Jason Davidson’s short film showcasing the fascinating story of Crewe Railway Works.
Commenting, judge Dan Snow said: “Historic and cultural sites are among the most picturesque places on the planet and the very best shots demand not only time and patience but also a willingness to get off the beaten track and frame their place in history in a unique and personal way. It’s about seeking out a great subject, getting up ridiculously early, climbing high and waiting. Real history doesn’t always have to be a museum or gallery. It can be a proper adventure out to the middle of nowhere, where you stumble across decaying remnants of the past. The best history photography often captures sites which may be entirely lost to our grandchildren.”
Involved in judging the winners across both years, HISTORY’S Dan Korn said: “There was an embarrassment of riches in this year’s entrants, so many of which were to such a high standard and so distinctive, it made it incredibly difficult to judge.”
New to the official list of partners this year is the AFHAP. Richard Everett, Chairman, said: “Having worked in the photographic industry for many years I have seen many great images, but I have been particularly impressed by the images submitted into this years Historic Photographer of the Year award. The wining image of the medieval island commune of Mont Saint-Michel is a truly great piece of work by the Photographer. The composition and use of a very wide angle lens gives this striking image a real sense of impact. It’s been a pleasure judging the submissions this year and has left me inspired to visit some of these iconic sites with my camera.”