Historic Photographer of the Year Awards 2021 winners revealed

Steve Liddiard has been named overall winner of the Historic Photographer of the Year Awards 2021, for his photo of the Whiteford Point Lighthouse in the Gower Peninsula, Wales.

Whiteford Point Lighthouse in the Gower Peninsula, south Wales

“The lighthouse was built in 1865 to a design by John Bowen, of Llanelli, to mark the shoals of Whiteford Point, replacing an earlier piled structure of 1854, of which nothing remains,” explains Mr Liddiard.

“It is the only wave-swept cast iron tower of this size in Britain.”

Entries to the competition were judged on originality, composition and technical proficiency alongside the story behind the submission and its historical impact.

“The awards demonstrate the huge dedication that entrants often go to when trying to capture that perfect shot, whether rising in the dead of night to capture the perfect sunrise or climbing, hiking and trekking their way to discover far-flung places from our past,” said broadcaster and historian Dan Snow, who was a competition judge.

The Historic England category was won by Sam Binding’s view of the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol during a misty sunrise (below).

Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol on a misty morning

“I regularly take my dog for a walk at sunrise in Bristol,” said Mr Binding.

“The bridge acts as a gateway to the city, and mist adds a magic quality to an already stunning scene.”

The Where History Happened category went to Iain McCallum for his drone picture of the shipwrecks of the Wastdale H and Arkendale H, which tragically collided in the River Severn in October 1960 (below).

An aerial view of two shipwrecks

Here is a selection of shortlisted images from this year’s competition.


The Shambles, York, England, by David Oxtaby

An evening view of the Shambles streets in York, England

Hereford Cathedral, England, by Jo Borzsony

Hereford Cathedral with light streaming through the windows

Sunkenkirk, Lake District, England, by Matthew Turner

Swinside Stone Circle in the Lake District with a sunset

Remains of the Kingdom of Commagene, Mount Nemrut, Turkey, by Mehmet Masum Suer

Two stone heads in snow, part of the remains of the Kingdom of Commagene in Turkey

Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany, by Michael Welch

Neuschwanstein Castle surrounded by mist

Battersea Power Station, London, by Pete Edmunds

Construction cranes surround Battersea Power Station in London

Corfe Castle, England, by Sam Binding

Sunlight streaming through Corfe Castle ruins in England

Bamburgh Castle, England, by Scott Antcliffe

An orange, blue and purple sunset above Bamburgh Castle in England

Brewery Shaft, Nenthead Mines, England, by Tom McNally

A climber explores Nenthead Mines in England

The Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima, Japan, by Wayne Budge

The Atomic Dome in Hiroshima, Japan

1973 US Navy C-117D, in Iceland, by Yevhen Samuchenko

A starlit sky above an abandoned war plane

Hadrian’s Wall, England, by Kayleigh Blair

A view of Hadrian's Wall with a sunset in the background


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