About

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 2018 Awards launch for entries on 12th June 2018 and is open to amateur and professional photographers around the world.

The Awards challenge photographers everywhere, amateur or professional, to explore and share the most astonishing imagery of those places which dominate our past. 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 broadcaster and historian Dan Snow of History Hit TV, co-founder of Trip Historic Elli Lewis, head of the television channel HISTORY™ Dan Korn, Chairman of The Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography Richard Everett, All About History Group Editor-in-Chief James Hoare and Duncan Wilson, CEO of Historic England. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held in November.

The Awards are run by Trip Historic, the leading online travel guide to the world’s historic sites, and supported by 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. Official partners for 2018 include the television channel 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 winner will see their work showcased on the official competition website and will receive a cash prize of £1,000.

Dan Snow

Dan is an historian, broadcaster and television presenter and the world's most followed historian on social media. Dan’s acclaimed podcast series History Hit has been number one on iTunes across the globe. 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.

Duncan Wilson

Duncan Wilson joined Historic England as the organisation’s first Chief Executive in April 2015. Historic England is the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England’s spectacular historic environment. Previously, Duncan was Chief Executive of the Alexandra Park and Palace Trust, developing a major regeneration and conservation scheme to restore the Victorian theatre and television studios, the Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College, maintaining one of Europe's finest groups of baroque buildings, and the Somerset House Trust, opening the site to the public and animating it with fountains, the now famous ice rink, exhibitions, concerts and restaurants. He is a qualified archaeologist and chartered accountant. He was awarded the OBE for services to heritage in 2007.

Elli Lewis

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.

Dan Korn

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’.

David Gilbert

Following a long and successful career in retail including being MD of Currys Ltd, Chief Operating Officer of Dixons Stores Group worldwide, and MD of Waterstones Booksellers, David now devotes all of his time to the Creative Industries and the Arts. He is Chair of Creative United, an Arts Council backed company which delivers innovative finance for Creative Businesses. He is also Chair of the Writers Centre Norwich and Digventures archaeology. He is also Trustee of the Big Draw and is a Director of the Whitechapel Gallery. David is Board Advisor to iconic jewellery brand Tatty Devine. David’s other previous roles include being Chair of Culturelabel, Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee of the Contemporary Art Society and Chair of Marketing Agency Freestate. David holds an MA in Comparative Literature and is an alumnus of UEA.

Richard Everett

Richard has been working in the photographic industry for over 30 year’s both as a practitioner and as a leader. He is currently the Chairman for the Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography, as well as being the Head of Photography at Wellcome Collection, part of the Wellcome Trust. He also Chaired the Preservation Advisory Committee Imaging Group between 2013/15. In addition Richard was one of the pioneers of digital photography being part of the first cohort of students in the country to qualify with a degree in Electronic Imaging back in the early 90’s. He has also sat on many advisory boards related to the photographic industry, including currently being on the advisory panel for the Rijksmuseum’s international 2&3d Imaging conference.

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