Aerial photograph of St Michael’s Church, Burrow Mump in Somerset mist covering surrounding area
St Michael’s Church, Burrow Mump, Somerset, Historic England category winner of 2020 Historic Photographer of the Year Awards © Adam Burton See the NHLE list entry
St Michael’s Church, Burrow Mump, Somerset, Historic England category winner of 2020 Historic Photographer of the Year Awards © Adam Burton See the NHLE list entry

Historic England Category, Historic Photographer of the Year

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. With varying restrictions in place across the globe, rather than asking entrants to head out and explore, Award organisers are instead seeking entries already captured and are keen to discover the very best images that reside in photographers' archives.

With photographers combing through their archives, last year saw a fantastic array of entries covering everything from ancient Roman cities to Victorian piers and picturesque medieval churches.

We’re now laying down the gauntlet for this year’s Awards to challenge entrants to match and even better those astonishing images. Historic Photographer of the Year shines a light on the history that exists all around us, opening our eyes to the wonders that sit on our doorstep and we want people to tell the story of the these fascinating landmarks through their sensational photography.

Matt Emmett Overall winner, 2017

This year’s awards include several specialist categories focusing on crucial periods and regions of history, including the Historic England category and the Where History Happened category in association with Sky HISTORY.

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 special behind-the-scenes heritage experience from Historic England.

Applications are open until 23:59 on Tuesday 19 October.

The Historic England Category

Forged, ploughed, painted, and built – England’s historic environment is unique, incredible and irreplaceable. Our historic buildings, places, landscapes and archaeology provide the most tangible physical links between our past, present and future.

At Historic England we want to work with you to champion heritage and improve lives. We cherish both the everyday gems and the famous treasures. Photographing these places and moments in time helps provide an important record of our distinctive cities and regions as well as the way we encounter and enjoy them.

England’s heritage is valued, celebrated and shared by everyone. A historic environment that people connect with is loved and cared for by millions and our world-renowned, iconic buildings, places and customs draw visitors from all corners of the world. Our heritage stimulates creativity and culture from the great engineers and architects who have shaped our surroundings, to the celebrated artists and writers who have documented the moments and feelings it invokes.

This category is inspired by the beauty, breadth, and brilliance of England’s history, the real rare and rousing sights which best describe who we are and where we’ve come from.

Judging panel

Judging all entries will be a panel of experts including:

  • broadcaster and historian Dan Snow of History Hit TV
  • CEO of Niantic Inc and co-founder of Google Earth John Hanke
  • Director of Regions for Historic England Claudia Kenyatta
  • VP Programming at Sky HISTORY Dan Korn
  • author and leading historic digital colourist Marina Amaral
  • Chair of The Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography Kira Zumkley
  • award winning heritage photographer Matt Emmett
  • Elli Lewis, co-founder of Trip Historic.

Find out more about the Historic Photographer of the Year

Applications are open until 23:59 on Tuesday 19 October.

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