Historic Photographer of the Year 2019: Best photos of significant cultural sites from around the world

More than 50 pictures capturing some of the most iconic landmarks on earth were shortlisted for the awards

Helen Coffey
Wednesday 28 November 2018 14:04 GMT
(Historic Photographer of the Year/Daniel Burton)

The most beautiful pictures of cultural and historic sites from around the world have been revealed in the second Historic Photographer of the Year awards.

A striking shot of the medieval island commune of Mont Saint-Michel, with an undulating channel of water in the foreground, was crowned overall winner.

Daniel Burton was the photographer responsible for the snap, taken during the spring tide in early March 2018, which shows the curious land formations known locally as Les Méandres. These channels fill up in the late afternoon and reflect the setting sun to create a mirror pool effect.

The ruins of the Callanish Stone Circle, captured by David Ross with the sunset perfectly framed between two of the stones, won the Ancient History category, while Mark Edwards’ eerie image of the Red Sands Sea Forts on the Thames Estuary, part of the WW2 fortification of Great Britain, nabbed first prize in the English History category.

Another 53 pictures were shortlisted based on their originality, composition and technical proficiency alongside the story behind the submission and its historical impact.

The judging panel included broadcaster and historian Dan Snow of History Hit TV, co-founder of Trip Historic Elli Lewis, head of HISTORY Dan Korn, chairman of the Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography Richard Everett, and Duncan Wilson, CEO of Historic England.

“There was an embarrassment of riches in this year’s entrants, so many of which were to such a high standard and so distinctive, it made it incredibly difficult to judge,” said Dan Korn.

“The dedication to shooting in the right light at the right time of the year, in original and individualistic styles, meant a wonderful array of compositions. Most gratifying of all was to see the sheer appetite for recording so many monuments to Britain’s rich history, in such a unique and timeless way.”

The awards are run by Trip Historic, an online travel guide to the world’s historic sites, and supported by History Hit TV, a multi-channel history network.

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