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Historic Photographer of the Year competition launches

The third Historic Photographer of the Year Awards has recently launched and is open to entries from amateur and professional photographers around the world. The awards are supported by Supported by History Hit TV, Historic England, HISTORY®, AHFAP and All About History.



Daniel Burton, Mont Saint-Michel, last year's winning photograph


Following the huge success of last year’s awards, Historic Photographer of the Year celebrates the very best historic places and cultural sites across the globe, from the most famous national treasures to the most obscure hidden gems. Truly great images of historical places 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. The Awards offer a window to the world like never before; to hardcore history enthusiasts or those that simply wish to capture wonderful imagery of incredible places from our past.


Judging all entries will be a panel of experts, including broadcaster and historian Dan Snow of History Hit TV; Director of Regions for Historic England Claudia Kenyatta; Head of HISTORY® Dan Korn; author and leading historic digital colourist Marina Amaral; Chairman of The Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography Richard Everett; All About History Editor-in-Chief Tim Williamson and Elli Lewis, co-founder of Trip Historic.


Jonathan Reid, Donnington Castle

Commenting on the Awards, judge Dan Snow said: “Last year saw an incredible array of entries covering everything from abandoned Second World War Sea Forts to haunting images from Chernobyl and atmospheric ancient cities consumed by desert sands. We’re now laying down the gauntlet for this year’s Awards to challenge entrants to match and even better those astonishing images. There’s no doubt that exploring history all around us truly opens our eyes to the wonders that sit on our doorstep and, above all, we want people to tell the story of the world’s ancient landmarks through their sensational photography.”


This year the Awards will include several specialist categories focusing on crucial periods and regions of history, including the Historic England category and the HISTORY™ Short Filmmaker award. Entries will be judged on originality, composition and technical proficiency alongside the story behind the submission and its historical impact. By taking part, entrants will get the chance to win an array of prizes including a money-can’t-buy behind-the-scenes heritage experience from Historic England and the opportunity to have their short film broadcast on the television channel HISTORY™ for all the world to see!


Sirsendu Gayen, Buddha of Borobudur, Java, Indonesia

The Awards are run by Trip Historic, the leading online travel guide to the world’s historic sites. Official partners for 2019 include History Hit TV, a multi-channel history network led by historian and broadcaster Dan Snow – dedicated to bringing you the most extraordinary, dramatic, important and fascinating stories of our shared past; television channel HISTORY™; the Association For Historical And Fine Art Photography; and Historic England, the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England’s spectacular historic environment, from beaches to battlefields to parks and pie shops.


The closing date for photographic entries is 11.59pm GMT on Sunday 13th October. For full details and to enter visit: www.historicphotographeroftheyear.com