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Historic Photographer of the Year calls on photographers from around the globe to explore and capture the very best historic places and cultural sites that the world has to offer.

Whether it’s a ruined English castle, an underground Roman villa or the haunting beauty of a long-forgotten battlefield, historical sites are among the most picturesque places to photograph on Earth. The 2019 Awards launch for entries on 12th June 2019 and is open to amateur and professional photographers around the world.

The Awards challenge photographers everywhere, amateur or professional, to explore and share the most astonishing imagery of those places which dominate our past. Entries will be judged on originality, composition and technical proficiency alongside the story behind the image and its historical impact. Judging all entries will be a panel of experts including 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. The winners will be announced in November 2019.

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 overall winner will see their work showcased on the official competition website and will receive a cash prize of £400, while each category winner will receive their own unique money-can’t buy experience.

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.

Elli Lewis

Elli is a professional copywriter, author and co-founder of Trip Historic. A former solicitor, Elli has a passion for historical places and fuses her professional background with her flair for creative copy. Having worked tirelessly on crafting and expanding the Trip Historic database of historical sites across the globe, Elli has become an expert on the most fascinating ancient places on the planet. Her first novel, Trophy Life, was published in 2017.

Marina Amaral

Marina Amaral is a digital colourist who specializes in adding colour to black and white photographs and “breathing life into the past”. A self-taught artist, her process involves careful historical research to determine the colours of the objects pictured. Crowned ‘the master of photo colorization’ by WIRED Magazine, her work has been featured by a number of notable media outlets including the BBC, London Evening Standard, Washington Post, the New York Post and Le Figaro. Marina has worked with several leading companies, museums, and institutions, including History Channel, PBS, KFC, English Heritage, Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Alabama. Her bestselling book THE COLOUR OF TIME, created in collaboration with historian Dan Jones, was published in August 2018 by Head of Zeus.

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’.

Claudia Kenyatta

Claudia is Director of Regions for Historic England and oversees Historic England’s work in the regions, where we offer expertise and advice and build the effective partnerships that help us to explain, protect and care for the historic environment. Claudia joined Historic England in September 2018 as Director of Regions. Prior to that, Claudia worked in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, where her roles included Head of Heritage, Head of Ceremonials and Director of the Digital Economy Unit. Her last role before joining Historic England was as Corporate Strategy Director.

Richard Everett

Richard has been working in the photographic industry for over 30 year’s both as a practitioner and as a leader. He is currently the Chairman for the Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography, as well as being the Head of Photography at Wellcome Collection, part of the Wellcome Trust. He also Chaired the Preservation Advisory Committee Imaging Group between 2013/15. In addition Richard was one of the pioneers of digital photography being part of the first cohort of students in the country to qualify with a degree in Electronic Imaging back in the early 90’s. He has also sat on many advisory boards related to the photographic industry, including currently being on the advisory panel for the Rijksmuseum’s international 2&3d Imaging conference.

Tim Williamson

Tim is Editor-in-Chief of All About History magazine and its sister title History of War. With eight years’ experience in the publishing industry, he has built up the brands’ network of expert contributors, and regularly works with museums and charities around the world. Passionate about history from a young age, Tim regularly writes on a range of historical topics, and loves nothing more than exploring castles, battlefields and old churches around Europe.

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