Introducing the Winner of the Historic Photographer of the Year Awards 2019

The competition showcases the best images of historical and cultural sites from around the world. The winning and shortlisted photos highlight an array of places. From UNESCO sites to relics of wars to breathtaking interior spaces, the results are a beautiful way to reflect on the past and consider how it intersects with the present. In its third year, the Historic Photographer of the Year Awards named one overall winner as well as winners in two categories: Historic England and History Short Filmmaker. The rest of the highly regarded entries are shortlisted. Stéphane Hurel was given this honor for his haunting portrait of Arromanches Mulberry Harbor in Normandy, France. These temporary, portable harbors were created by the U.K. during World War II to make it quicker to deliver cargo during the Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944. The Historic Photographer of the Year Awards was created by Trip Historic, an online travel guide to the world’s historic sites. They awarded Hurel a cash prize of £400, and the category winners each won a “unique money-can’t-buy experience.” Scroll down to see some of the incredible shortlisted winners.

“In September, during the tides of Equinoxe, it is possible to reach on foot the dikes of the artificial harbor of Arromanches (imagined by Churchill in 1944 to save Europe from Nazism). That day was the end of the summer with its warm lights, this time of the day called ‘golden hour.”

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Stéphane Hurel. Arromanches Mulberry Harbor in Normandy, France. Overall Winner.

“A concrete radar station slowly sinks into the sand at the shoreline of Warden Point on the Isle of Sheppey. It used to sit on the cliff tops but coastal erosion saw to that.”

Matthew Emmett. Yarnbury Lead Mines in Yorkshire, England. Shortlisted.

“My family and I were exploring the East coast of Scotland, walking along the coastal path and stumbled upon Elie Ness Lighthouse.”

Sean M. Blake. Elie Ness Lighthouse in Scotland. Shortlisted.

“Hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia.”

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Eduardo Arteaga. Cappadocia, Turkey. Shortlisted.

“Anyone who loves Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade has an image of the Treasury at Petra hardwired into the brain. The Nabataean trading city, in southern Jordan, lies hidden amidst the Wadi Musa (the Valley of Moses) and is still relatively inaccessible. After a winding trek through the Siq, the grand caravan entrance into Petra, visitors get a glimpse of the city’s most famous building, “Al Khazneh”. This photograph was taken in December 2018 at dawn, with only a solitary camel for the company.”

Daniel Burton. Petra, Jordan. Shortlisted.

“Strahov Monastery is a Premonstratensian abbey founded in 1143 by Jindřich Zdík, Bishop John of Prague, and Vladislaus II, Duke of Bohemia. It is located in Strahov, Prague, Czech Republic.”

Debdatta Chakraborty. Strahov Library in Prague, Czech Republic. Shortlisted.

“Looking out over the UNESCO site of Naeroyfjord on the banks of Gudvangen.”

Annabelle Morley-Holroyd. Naeroyfjord, Norway. Shortlisted.

“This shot was taken on a trip to the North East. I have seen many images of this splendid structure but I wanted to capture something a little different.”

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JP Appleton. Roker Pier-Sunderland in North East England. Historic England Winner.

“A small child walks amongst some of the oldest wooden buildings in the world. The ancient Horyu-Ji Temple complex, Nara Prefecture, Japan was built in 607 and was one of the earliest UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country.”

Sara Rawlinson. Horyu-Ji Temple near Nara, Japan. Shortlisted.

“This magnificent structure was an incredible feat of engineering. The Seafort defended our country from enemy aircraft in WW2. Reminiscent of a science fiction alien, it is an imposing sight in the Thames Estuary.”

Margaret McEwan. Redsand Seafort in the Thames Estuary. Shortlisted.

“Changing Moscow.”

Anna Kaunis. Moscow, Russia. Shortlisted.

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