View of Roker Pier, Sunderland stretching into the distance

Roker Pier, Sunderland, Historic England category winner of 2019 Historic Photographer of the Year Awards © JP Appleton
Roker Pier, Sunderland, Historic England category winner of 2019 Historic Photographer of the Year Awards © JP Appleton

Historic England Category, Historic Photographer of the Year - Winner 2019

The Historic Photographer of the Year Awards celebrate the very best historic places and cultural sites across the globe, offering a window to the history which exists all around us.

The competition attracts 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.

Historic England is proud to be a partner of the Historic England category, which was won this year by a haunting shot of the Victorian era Roker Pier.

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

Winning Photo: Roker Pier by JP Appleton

View of Roker Pier, Sunderland stretching into the distance
Roker Pier, Sunderland, Historic England category winner of 2019 Historic Photographer of the Year Awards © JP Appleton

This stunning and atmospheric image of Sunderland’s listed Roker Pier and lighthouse thoroughly deserved to win the Historic England category. The lighthouse was hailed as a triumph of engineering when it opened in 1903 and this photograph provides a new perspective on this well-known and much-loved site.

Claudia Kenyatta, Director of Regions at Historic England

Judging panel

Entries were judged by a panel of experts:

  • Director of Regions, Historic England Claudia Kenyatta
  • Broadcaster and historian Dan Snow
  • Head of the television channel HISTORY™ Dan Korn
  • Author and digital colourist Marina Amaral
  • Chairman of the Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography Richard Everett
  • Co-founder of Trip Historic Elli Lewis
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