These incredible images offer a window to history that exists everywhere.
They are the winners and selected images of the 2020 Historic Photographer of the Year Awards, unveiled today by broadcaster and historian Dan Snow and historical and cultural travel expert Trip Historic.
This year’s awards challenged photographers to search their photo archives and “share their most amazing images of the places that dominate our past”.
The overall winning picture was a stunning photo of the Brighton Palace Pier, a listed building, by Michael Marsh. The “Historic England” category was won by Adam Burton’s aerial view of St Michael’s Church on Somerset’s Burrow Mump, while the newly launched Where History Happened, in partnership with Sky History television, went to Martin Chamberlain for its somber reception of antiquity went to the city of Palmyra, which was conquered in Syria before being destroyed by the civil war.
Mr Snow said, “These cultural monuments are testament to the incredible stories that went on around us,” while Claudia Kenyatta of Historic England added, “It was a pleasure to go through all the photos submitted, from incredible industrial landscapes to breathtaking aerial views. ‘Dan Commenting on the overall victory, Korn from Sky History said: “This entry was really outstanding and really captured the faded grandeur of the pier and the rusty catafalque below.”
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The Historic England category was won by Adam Burton with this haunting image of the ruins of St Michael’s Church on Somerset’s Burrow Mump, captured on a foggy winter morning
A stunning shot of the Grade II listed Brighton Palace Pier by Michael Marsh, who created the overall picture for the Historic Photographer of the Year 2020 competition. Michael said, “My wife and I have been visiting Brighton for a number of years and I always strive to capture this beautiful historic seaside town with a feel for the atmosphere and the cinematic interpretation it gives me.”
Martin Chamberlain has been named the winner of the Where History Happened award for this somber image of the ancient city of Palmyra, captured before it was destroyed by the Syrian civil war. He said, “I pulled my family out of bed early when it was cold and dark to make sure we were at the Great Colonnade early enough to catch the sunrise and the golden hour. Unfortunately I got my timing wrong and we were an hour early so we sat around wondering where the sun had gone and waited for dawn. But the wait was worth it. ‘
This epic image of the Taj Mahal was captured by photographer Gillian McDonald at sunrise
Inna Schutts captured this enchanting scene in St. Edward’s Church in the Cotswolds. She said, “This magical looking door sets my imagination free.”
The beautiful Bedham Chapel near Pulborough, Sussex is the subject of this stunning painting by Margaret Flo McEwan. She explained, “There was once a lovely little chapel that served the local Sussex church. During the week it was used as a local schoolhouse and on Sundays the sound of the harmonium could be heard through the forest as the locals sang anthems. This charming little building has now fallen silent and lies abandoned in the forest.
This picture by David Abram was taken with a drone at dawn and shows Durotriges fortress at Badbury Rings in Dorset. According to the photographer, no one knows exactly why the members of the Durotriges tribe felt the need to build “such massive defenses” in the first century BC. He added, “Whatever inspired their creation, the concentric rings are a dramatic reminder of the wealth and power of the Durotriges, who came from trading with the Armoricans of Brittany and are located around the ports at nearby Hengitsbury Head.”
A breathtaking shot by the overall victorious photographer Michael Marsh. This shows St. Thomas Becket Church in Romney Marsh, Kent. Michael said, “This beautiful little medieval church stands alone, surrounded by dikes and sheep.”
This eerie aerial view of Restormel Castle in Cornwall was captured by Adam Burton on a misty autumn morning
Bjørn Andre Hagen is the photographer behind this stunning picture of Heddal Stave Church in Notodden, Norway. It is Norway’s largest stave church and was built at the beginning of the 13th century
A stunning image of Poulnabrone Dolmen – a large Neolithic tomb – in County Clare, Ireland, captured by Todor Tilev
Elena Pakhalyuk stands behind the starry sky around the Church of the Good Shepherd in New Zealand. She said, “The southern hemisphere sky is incredibly beautiful.”
An amazing aerial view of the wreck of the SS Denham off the coast of North West England, taken by photographer Mali Davies
On the left is a great picture of Strasbourg Cathedral, taken by photographer Marc-Olivier Giguere on a foggy night in the French city. He said, “I took many other photos that night, but the cathedral in the fog was the photo I preferred. The cathedral is pink in color, but due to the fog, it reflected all light coming from the surrounding buildings hence the yellow color. It also feels like the cathedral is coming out of the ground and is still growing. On the right, a group of skydivers soar over the great Giza Pyramids in an incredible shot by a photographer known only as Timothy. He said, “Skydiving in itself is an amazing experience, but jumping over the Great Pyramids of Giza is a once in a lifetime experience, and even more so if you are lucky enough to jump at the right time as the shadow of the pyramids forming the shape of a bird.
Photographer Jo Emery captured this incredible picture of Ladybower Hole in Ladybower Reservoir in the Upper Derwent Valley in Derbyshire
This stunning shot was taken by Diana Buzoianu. It shows the Happisburgh Lighthouse on the Norfolk coast. The photographer notes that it is the oldest working lighthouse in East Anglia
Another shot of Diana Buzoianu, this time from the ruins of Hadleigh Castle in Essex. She said, “This was once an important castle built during the reign of Henry III. Was built. It shines again under the bright stars of the night sky as a drone passes by. ‘
Scott Antcliffe captured this imposing picture of the ruins of Sutton Scarsdale Hall outside of Chesterfield. He said: “Sutton Scarsdale Hall, once in the same breath as Chatsworth House in terms of size and size, is now a gaunt ruin and has been in operation for 100 years.”
The stunning Ponte Vecchio bridge over the Arno River in Florence is captured in all its glory in this amazing picture by Tony North
James Smith, who was born in Whitby and lived there until he was 21, is the photographer behind this incredible picture of Whitby Abbey. He stated, “I have spent many wonderful years visiting the historical treasures that Whitby has to offer, but there is nothing more iconic than the abbey that overlooks the city’s harbor. I now live in Lincoln and come back as often as I can to see my family and take photos of some of the beautiful places they have to offer. ‘
On the left is a majestic shot of the famous Forth Bridge, captured by photographer Pawel Zygmunt. He said: “I stayed one night in Edinburgh just before my trip to the Faroe Islands. After a little research I found out that there was a bus going from the airport to the famous Forth bridges. The weather forecast looked promising and I had some time before my flight so I woke up a little earlier and checked out what I could see. Sunrise didn’t happen but this is Scotland so it didn’t surprise me. I had to get off the bus in the middle of nowhere and walk to North Queensferry. There was a little beach next to the bridge and this is where I got this great shot. ‘On the right is a dramatic black and white photo by Rudolf Gonda showing the wreck of the SS Turkia in the Red Sea. The photographer noted: “The SS Turkia was lost in the Gulf of Suez in May 1941. With the Strait of Gibraltar blocked due to World War II, British ships had to take the long route through South Africa to the southern Red Sea. The SS Turkia was one of them.
This fascinating shot by Roman Robroek shows the inside of a half-abandoned power station in Budapest. He said it was “a real gem among industrial sites and once the most advanced power plant in Europe”. He added, “The control room itself has been vacated for some time, but most parts of the site are still used to power a nearby major city.”
The ceilings in this abandoned old farmhouse in Wales could almost collapse, but photographer Ian M Hazeldine, who took the picture, said it was “full of family history”.
David Oxtaby captured this stunning picture of the Catherine Oratorio which is located on the south side of the Isle of Wight and which served as a lighthouse. He said, “Originally built in the 13th century, unfortunately it was never of much use as it was often covered with sea mist.”
This beautiful picture, also captured by David Oxtaby, shows the interior of Ripon Cathedral in North Yorkshire, which was built between the 13th and 16th centuries
On the left is a breathtaking shot of the remote 17th century tiger’s nest monastery in Bhutan, captured by Christine Matthews during a seven-hour hike. On the right is an atmospheric shot of ‘Wheal Betsy’, an old tin mine on Dartmoor. It was recorded by Mark Edwards who said, “It was filmed with torches at night to light the building. When I was taking some pictures, the fog was rolling in which added to the atmosphere. ‘
Dawn Louise Farrell snapped this incredible picture of the Callanish Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis at sunrise, just days before the winter solstice
This haunting image shows a rotting block of flats on the deserted island of Hashima off the coast of Nagasaki, Japan. Es wurde von dem Fotografen Stefan Lange aufgenommen, der sagte: „1887 erwarb Mitsubishi diese kleine Insel, die auf einem Kohleflöz lag. In den folgenden Jahrzehnten würde es zu einer Offshore-Metropole mit einer Gemeinde von über 5.000 Einwohnern werden. Dann, 1974, als das Kohleflöz fast erschöpft war, wurde die Mine geschlossen und die Menschen gingen genauso plötzlich wie vor 87 Jahren. Diese vom Taifun heimgesuchte Landschaft ist alles, was übrig bleibt. ‘