English History Category, Historic Photographer of the Year 2018

The 2018 Historic Photographer of the Year Awards was open to amateur and professional photographers around the world.

Historic England is proud to have partnered to create a new English History category to celebrate our unique and incredible historic environment.

Following the huge success of its first year, the Awards celebrated the very best historic places and cultural sites across the globe, from the most famous national treasures to the most obscure hidden gems.

Winning Photo: Red Sands sea forts by Mark Edwards

Red Sands sea forts, Thames estuary, English History category winner of 2018 Historic Photographer of the Year Awards © Mark Edwards

The image is extremely powerful and evocative and thoroughly deserved to win the English History category.

Duncan Wilson, Historic England Chief Executive

About the Red Sand Forts

The Red Sand Forts were designed for anti-aircraft defence within the Thames Estuary during the Second World War.

They were operated by the army and destroyed several flying bombs. Built 76 years ago at Gravesend, the forts bear witness to the ingenuity of these building defences along our coast in wartime Britain.

Judging panel

Entries were judged by a panel of experts:

  • Broadcaster and historian Dan Snow
  • CEO of Trip Historic Mike Lewis
  • Head of HISTORY® Dan Korn
  • All About History Editor-in-Chief James Hoare
  • CEO of Historic England Duncan Wilson

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