Of The Year



Historic Photographer of the Year seeks to showcase the very best images of the world’s historic heritage and encourage the recognition of the most astonishing monuments and cultural sites on the planet.

The 2017 Historic Photographer of the Year awards saw a swathe of exceptional photography from both amateur and professional photographers, with shots of everything from well-known national treasures to long forgotten historic gems. Among the most popular entries were photos of the ancient city of Pushkar; Carew Castle in Pembrokeshire, UK; Emerson High School in Gary, Indiana; Mang Lang church in Vietnam; Thailand’s Wat Mahathat and Surp Giragos Church in Turkey.

Judges included broadcaster and historian Dan Snow, Head of HISTORY Dan Korn, Chair of Creative United David Gilbert and All About History Editor James Hoare. Entries were judged on their composition, originality and technical know-how along with the historical story behind the image and location. You can view some of the best entries in our gallery and view the winners here.

Last year’s awards truly captured the imagination of the public and media alike, with huge social traction and media coverage right across the planet – from the BBC, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph in the UK, to WIRED, RIA Novosti, the TOC, onet, Yahoo and MSN. You can explore the fantastic global coverage of the Awards on our Media page.

In 2018 HPOTY will be even bigger and better – and we’ll have all the latest news and information here on the official Historic Photographer of the Year website.

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