Supported by History Hit, Historic England, Sky HISTORY and the AHFAP

The fifth Historic Photographer of the Year Awards launches for entries on 14th July 2021 and is open to amateur and professional photographers around the world.

Following the great success of last year’s awards, Historic Photographer of the Year celebrates the very best historic places and cultural sites across the globe, from the most famous national treasures to the most obscure hidden gems. With varying restrictions in place across the globe, rather than asking entrants to head out and explore, Award organisers are instead seeking entries already captured and are keen to discover the very best images that reside in photographers’ archives.

Judging all entries will be a panel of experts including broadcaster and historian Dan Snow of History Hit TV, CEO of Niantic Inc and co-founder of Google Earth John Hanke, Director of Regions for Historic England Claudia Kenyatta, VP of Programming at Sky HISTORY Dan Korn, award winning heritage photographer Matt Emmett, author and leading historic digital colourist Marina Amaral, and Chair of The Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography Kira Zumkley.

This year’s Awards include several specialist categories focusing on crucial periods and regions of history, including the Historic England category and the Where History Happened category in association with Sky HISTORY.

Matt Emmett, crowned overall winner of the 2017 awards and who has since collaborated with Heritage Open Days as an official photographer said: “With photographers combing through their archives, last year saw a fantastic array of entries covering everything from ancient Roman cities to Victorian piers and picturesque medieval churches. We’re now laying down the gauntlet for this year’s Awards to challenge entrants to match and even better those astonishing images. Historic Photographer of the Year shines a light on the history that exists all around us, opening our eyes to the wonders that sit on our doorstep and we want people to tell the story of the these fascinating landmarks through their sensational photography.”

Claudia Kenyatta, Director of Regions at Historic England, said: “We are delighted to once again be a partner in the Historic England category and, as a judge, I Iook forward to viewing more fantastic photographs of England’s spectacular historic and cultural sites. It’s great to see people taking the time to photograph our rich heritage which is all around us. With restrictions easing from this summer, I’m confident the winning images will encourage more people to go out and see these amazing places for themselves.”

Entries will be judged on originality, composition and technical proficiency alongside the story behind the submission and its historical impact. By taking part, entrants will get the chance to win an array of prizes including a special behind-the-scenes heritage experience from Historic England.

Official partners for 2021 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; leading broadcaster 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 and battlefields to parks and pie shops.

For full details and to enter visit: www.historicphotographeroftheyear.com