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