Moody capture of Brighton Palace Pier wins Historic Photographer of the Year Award

Greg Dickinson
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Michael Marsh was the overall winner, for his shot of Brighton Palace Pier - Michael Marsh
Michael Marsh was the overall winner, for his shot of Brighton Palace Pier - Michael Marsh

The winners of the Historic Photographer of the Year Awards 2020 have been announced.

The Awards typically call on photographers to go out and capture historic places and cultural sites across the globe. However, due to the pandemic, the judges this year asked photographers to scour their personal archives for their most impressive shots.

The winning photograph was awarded to Michael Marsh for his capture of the Grade-II-listed Brighton Palace Pier, while the Historic England award went to Adam Burton for his aerial view of St Michael’s Church on Somerset’s Burrow Mump.

New to this year's awards, the Where History Happened award went to Martin Chamberlain, for his sombre shot of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, captured prior to the destruction wrought by the Middle Eastern country’s civil war.

Commenting on the awards, judge Dan Snow said: “Historic Photographer of the Year shines a light on the fascinating beauty of the world’s historical sites. These cultural monuments stand as testament to the incredible stories that took place all around us. 

“The call for photographers to comb through their archives saw everything from abandoned urban landscapes and utterly transporting shots of the world's greatest cultural locations to Arthurian captures of historical wonders cloaked in other-worldly mists.”

Check out the winning shots, below.

Adam Burton's shot of St Michael's Church on Burrow Mump - Adam Burton
Adam Burton's shot of St Michael's Church on Burrow Mump - Adam Burton
Martin Chamberlain's shot of Palmyra, before the civil war - Martin Chamberlain
Martin Chamberlain's shot of Palmyra, before the civil war - Martin Chamberlain
Todor Tilev was shortlisted for this shot of Poulnabrone Dolmen in County Clare, Ireland - Todor Tilev
Todor Tilev was shortlisted for this shot of Poulnabrone Dolmen in County Clare, Ireland - Todor Tilev
Bjørn Andre Hagen was shortlisted for this shot of Notodden, in Norway - Bjørn Andre Hagen
Bjørn Andre Hagen was shortlisted for this shot of Notodden, in Norway - Bjørn Andre Hagen
Goran Erfani was shortlised for this shot of Penshaw Monument in Northeast England - Goran Erfani
Goran Erfani was shortlised for this shot of Penshaw Monument in Northeast England - Goran Erfani
Margaret Flo McEwan captured Bedham Chapel in Pulborough, Sussex - Margaret Flo McEwan
Margaret Flo McEwan captured Bedham Chapel in Pulborough, Sussex - Margaret Flo McEwan
Ron Tear was shortlisted for this shot of a wreck on the shore of Loch Linnhe, Scotland - Ron Tear
Ron Tear was shortlisted for this shot of a wreck on the shore of Loch Linnhe, Scotland - Ron Tear
Overall winner Michael Marsh was also shortlisted for his shot of the Maunsell Forts, in the Thames Estuary  - Michael Marsh
Overall winner Michael Marsh was also shortlisted for his shot of the Maunsell Forts, in the Thames Estuary - Michael Marsh
Jo Emery was shortlisted for this image of the Ladybower Plughole in the Peak District - Jo Emery
Jo Emery was shortlisted for this image of the Ladybower Plughole in the Peak District - Jo Emery
Gillian McDonald was shortlisted for her shot of the Taj Mahal - Gillian McDonald
Gillian McDonald was shortlisted for her shot of the Taj Mahal - Gillian McDonald
David Oxtaby was shortlisted for his shot of St Catherine's Oratory on the Isle of Wight - David Oxtaby
David Oxtaby was shortlisted for his shot of St Catherine's Oratory on the Isle of Wight - David Oxtaby

Commenting on the overall winning entry, Dan Korn from Sky HISTORY said: “This submission was genuinely outstanding and truly captured the faded splendour of the pier, and the rusting catafalque beneath.  The beautiful framing, turbulent seas and storm clouds gathering made for an entry that was a well-deserved overall winner in an absolutely wonderful range of entries this year.”

The winning shot - Michael Marsh
The winning shot - Michael Marsh


You can see the full gallery of shortlisted photographs at historicphotographeroftheyear.com.