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.
The 2019 Awards 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.
The Overall Winner was an outstanding image of the ruins of the Arromanches Mulberry Harbour in Normandy and was shot by Stéphane Hurel.
The Historic England category was won by JP Appleton with his haunting shot of the Victorian era Roker Pier, while HISTORY’s Short Filmmaker of the Year was awarded to Dibs McCallum for a fascinating short documentary exploring the remains of the RAF Barnham nuclear weapons storage facility.
Entries were judged on originality, composition and technical proficiency alongside the story behind the submission and its historical impact. The judging panel of experts included Claudia Kenyatta, Director of Regions for Historic England, broadcaster and historian Dan Snow of History Hit TV, head of the television channel HISTORY™ Dan Korn, author and digital colourist Marina Amaral, Chairman of the Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography Richard Everett, and co-founder of Trip Historic Elli Lewis.
Commenting on the Awards, judge Dan Snow said: “When it comes to evocative, breath-taking imagery that makes you truly consider the world around you, historic and cultural photography is hard to beat. The wonderful entries we’ve seen in this year’s awards highlight everything from the haunting remains of the Normandy beaches to astonishing shots of ancient forts and exceptional imagery from a lost industrial past. It reminds people that exploring history is an adventure, where you stumble across decaying remnants of the past and remember the incredible stories that took place all around us.”
Claudia Kenyatta, Director of Regions at Historic England, the official partner of the Historic England category, said: “This stunning and atmospheric image of Sunderland’s listed Roker Pier and lighthouse thoroughly deserved to win the Historic England category. The lighthouse was hailed as a triumph of engineering when it opened in 1903 and this photograph provides a new perspective on this well-known and much-loved site. We are once again proud to be a partner of the Historic England category and delighted to see the diversity of England’s most striking historic buildings and places captured on camera, from stone circles to churches and castles.”
Commenting on the winning entry, Dan Korn from HISTORY® said: “such is the importance of the WW2 75th anniversaries at the moment, and honouring the men and women who served, this haunting and evocative image immediately resonated. The wonderful use of light, perspective and composition to produce an image which conveys the futility and yet – in the case of World War Two in particular – the necessity of war, to defeat the forces of tyranny and oppression, made this stand out from the other wonderful entries.”
As an organisation which is devoted to promoting cultural photography and assisting image professionals in the cultural heritage sector, the Chairman of AHFAP Richard Everett said: “After being asked to judge the awards last year, I was absolutely blown away by the standard and creativity of the submissions. This year the overall quality of imagery hasn’t disappointed and has even surpassed that of last year, making judging enjoyable but difficult. The image of Arromanches Mulberry Harbour is a fitting overall winner and a stark reminder of our historical past.”