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 2020 Awards launches for entries on 14th July 2020 and is open to amateur and professional photographers around the world. With varying restrictions in place across the globe rather than asking entrants to head out and explore, this year we’re instead seeking entries already captured and are keen to discover the very best images of fascinating historic locations that reside in your archives.
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 Sky HISTORY Dan Korn, award winning heritage photographer Matt Emmett, author and digital colourist Marina Amaral, Chairman of The Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography Kira Zumkley, and co-founder of Trip Historic Elli Lewis. The winners will be announced in November 2020.
The Awards are run by Trip Historic, the leading online travel guide to the world’s historic sites. Official partners for 2020 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 Sky 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 £250, while each category winner will receive their own unique money-can’t buy experience.
Kira has been working in the heritage sector for over 10 years both as an archaeologist, photographer, and researcher. She is the Deputy Chair at the Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography and Honorary Lecturer at the Centre for Digital Humanities at University College London. In addition, she is currently working as a researcher on a joint project between the Victoria and Albert Museum, University of Brighton and University College London. Prior to moving back into academia, she worked as the photography manager at the Science Museum Group and carried out her own creative photography practices focusing on the contrasting experiences of urban and natural spaces.
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.
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.
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’.
Matt is a designer / photographer working in the toys and games industry, however as soon as he gets a chance his combined love for history and photography takes over and he can be found at various sites across the UK and Europe capturing imagery of locations with fascinating back-stories. Since a chance encounter with a derelict jet engine research establishment in 2012, shooting historic places has become his mission, his website 'Forgotten Heritage' and connected social media channels the place where he shares his adventures. His work has won several international awards to date including the inaugural Historic Photographer of the Year 2017 and Architectural Photographer of the Year 2016. He is currently collaborating with Heritage Open Days as their photographer and says the fabric of historic locations are imbued with so much meaning and atmosphere that they can be very addictive.
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.
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.