The first Historic Photographer of the Year awards showcase locations and cultural sites across time and place, capturing everything from the most famous national treasures to the obscure and forgotten hidden gems.

In its first year the competition, organised in partnership with Borehamwood start-up business Triphistoric, has attracted a swathe of astonishing entries from amateurs and professionals who have climbed, hiked and trekked their way to snap stunning historic places from every corner of the globe, from iconic landmarks to far-flung forgotten ruins.

The overall winning image was shot by Matt Emmett from Reading and taken at RAF Nocton Hall, an abandoned former military hospital. He takes home the £2,500 prize. The winning public vote photograph was a shot of Jedburgh Abbey taken on a school trip, and was won by Manchester’s Jenna Johnston who won £250.

Broadcaster and historian Dan Snow said: “historical photography is about seeking out a great subject, getting up ridiculously early, climbing high and waiting. Real history doesn’t always have to be a museum or gallery. It can be a proper adventure out to the middle of nowhere, where you stumble across decaying remnants of the past. The best history photography often captures sites which may be entirely lost to our grandchildren.”

Entries have been judged on originality, composition and technical proficiency alongside the story behind the image and its historical impact.

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