Aerial view of Clifton Suspension Bridge with mist below it
A misty river running under Clifton Suspension Bridge just before sunrise. Historic England category winner of 2021 Historic Photographer of the Year Awards © Sam Binding See the NHLE entry
A misty river running under Clifton Suspension Bridge just before sunrise. Historic England category winner of 2021 Historic Photographer of the Year Awards © Sam Binding See the NHLE entry

Historic England Category, Historic Photographer of the Year - Winner 2021

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

This year’s Awards called on photographers to scour their photographic archive and share their most astonishing imagery of those places which dominate our past. Despite the challenges of 2021, the Awards attracted a huge swathe of submissions from amateurs and professionals alike with exceptional shots of stunning historical sites 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 Sam Binding for the atmospheric view of the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge, captured during a misty sunrise.

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

Winning photo: Clifton Suspension Bridge, by Sam Binding

It’s been wonderful to see so many high-quality entries again this year, particularly given the challenges and restrictions faced by the photographers. I’ve really enjoyed going through all the submitted photographs, which skilfully capture the beauty and drama of our historic environment. From spectacular shots of huge bridges to wistful views of medieval castles, these images remind us of the wealth and diversity of England’s heritage. I am proud that Historic England is once again a partner of the Historic Photographer of the Year competition and it’s been a privilege to be part of the judging panel.

Claudia Kenyatta, Director of Regions Historic England

Judging panel

Entries were judged by a panel of experts including:

  • broadcaster and historian Dan Snow of History Hit TV
  • CEO of Niantic Inc and co-founder of Google Earth John Hanke
  • Director of Regions for Historic England Claudia Kenyatta
  • VP of Programming at Sky HISTORY Dan Korn
  • author and leading historic digital colourist Marina Amaral
  • Chair of The Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography Kira Zumkley
  • award winning heritage photographer Matt Emmett

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