Of The Year

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Historic Photographer of the Year showcases the world’s very best historic places and cultural sites from across the globe, capturing everything from the most famous national treasures to obscure and forgotten hidden gems.

The winners of the fourth Historic Photographer of the Year Awards have now been unveiled with some outstanding winning and shortlisted shots. Visit our 2020 Winners page to view this year’s selections.

With varying restrictions in place across the globe rather than asking entrants to head out and explore, this year’s Awards called on photographers to scour their photographic archive and share their most astonishing imagery of those places which dominate our past. Entries were judged by a panel of experts on originality, composition and technical proficiency alongside the story behind the submission and its historical impact.

Commenting on the Awards, judge Dan Snow said: “Historic Photographer of the Year shines a light on the fascinating beauty of the world’s historical sites. These cultural monuments stand as testament to the incredible stories that took place all around us. The call for photographers to comb through their archives saw everything from abandoned urban landscapes and utterly transporting shots of the world’s greatest cultural locations to Arthurian captures of historical wonders cloaked in other-worldly mists.”

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