2017 Winners

The first 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.

In its first year the competition has attracted a swathe of 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 was shot by Matt Emmett from Reading and taken at RAF Nocton Hall, an abandoned former military hospital. The winning public vote photograph was a shot of Jedburgh Abbey taken on a school trip, and was won by Manchester’s Jenna Johnston.

The Awards offer a window to the history which exists all around us; to hardcore history enthusiasts or those that simply wish to capture wonderful imagery of incredible places from our past. Truly great images of historical sites can change the way people look at the world, whether it’s a picturesque English castle or a ruined Roman villa, they can challenge opinion and stimulate debate.

Commenting, judge Dan Snow said: “historical photography is 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.”

Entries have been judged on originality, composition and technical proficiency alongside the story behind the image and its historical impact.

Judging all entries is a panel of experts including broadcaster and historian Dan Snow, VP Programming and Head of HISTORY Dan Korn, All About History Magazine Editor-in-Chief James Hoare and David Gilbert, Chair of Creative United.

On the winning image, James Hoare said “I love Matt’s image, it’s simple, effective and hyperlocal, and it makes some important points. Conserve-as-found is increasingly a part of the heritage landscape and Matt captures not some frozen image of calcified past, but an image of an ongoing history, one that didn’t end when the doors slammed shut and the air crew mustered out.

“This is a history that’s very much alive and shifting like dappled sunlight through the vines, reminding us not just of the changing value of what we have, but the changing value of our role in remembering it. Matt firmly establishes history as being forever in the corner of our eye wherever we roam.”

Winning Entries

Dan Snow

Dan is an historian, broadcaster and television presenter and the world's most followed historian on social media. Dan’s podcast series History Hit has been number one on iTunes across the globe while he has also launched the widely acclaimed multi-channel history network History Hit TV which is dedicated to bringing you the most extraordinary, dramatic, important and fascinating stories of our shared past. Born and raised in London, Dan spent every weekend of his childhood being taken to castles, battlefields, country houses and churches. He developed a great love of history which he went on to pursue at Oxford University.

Dan Korn

Dan Korn is VP Programming and Head of HISTORY™ + H2. Dan joined A+E UK in November 2016, from STV Productions, where was Creative Director, overseeing projects ranging from BBC and Channel 4 factual documentaries, to Channel 5 factual entertainment series. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as Senior Vice President and Head of Programming for Discovery Channel UK and EMEA, which he joined, in 2005, from leading independent production company, 3BM Television Ltd. At 3BM, Korn was Managing Director and Executive Producer, winning a BAFTA for the film, ‘Nuremberg: Goering’s Last Stand’ for Channel 4, a Broadcast Award for the series ‘Age of Terror’ for Discovery Channel, as well as producing the Emmy-nominated ‘Holocaust on Trial’ and RTS-nominated ‘Boy With a Tumour for a Face’.

David Gilbert

Following a long and successful career in retail including being MD of Currys Ltd, Chief Operating Officer of Dixons Stores Group worldwide, and MD of Waterstones Booksellers, David now devotes all of his time to the Creative Industries and the Arts. He is Chair of Creative United, an Arts Council backed company which delivers innovative finance for Creative Businesses. He is also Chair of the Writers Centre Norwich and Digventures archaeology. He is also Trustee of the Big Draw and is a Director of the Whitechapel Gallery. David is Board Advisor to iconic jewellery brand Tatty Devine. David’s other previous roles include being Chair of Culturelabel, Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee of the Contemporary Art Society and Chair of Marketing Agency Freestate. David holds an MA in Comparative Literature and is an alumnus of UEA.