Steve Liddiard has been declared all-embracing winner of the Historic Photographer of the Year Awards 2021, for his photo of the Whiteford Point Lighthouse in the Gower Peninsula, Wales.
“The lighthouse was built in 1865 to a design by John Bowen, of Llanelli, to mark the shoals of Whiteford Point, replacing an earlier piled structure of 1854, of which nothing remains,”
Mr Liddiard elucidates.
“It is the only wave-swept cast iron tower of this size in Britain.”
Entries to the competition were judged on inventiveness, composition and technical expertise in conjunction with the story behind the submission and its historical impact.
“The awards demonstrate the huge dedication that entrants often go to when trying to capture that perfect shot, whether rising in the dead of night to capture the perfect sunrise or climbing, hiking and trekking their way to discover far-flung places from our past,” said Dan Snow,
broadcaster and historian who was a competition judge.
The Historic England category was won by Sam Binding’s view of the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol in the course of a misty sunrise (below).
“I regularly take my dog for a walk at sunrise in Bristol,” said Mr Binding.
“The bridge acts as a gateway to the city, and mist adds a magic quality to an already stunning scene.”
The Where History Happened category went to Iain McCallum for his drone picture of the shipwrecks of the Wastdale H and Arkendale H, which very badly crashed in the River Severn in October 1960 (below).
Here is a selection of a list of people and images which have been chosen from a larger group from this year’s competition.
1973 US Navy C-117D, in Iceland, by Yevhen Samuchenko
Hadrian’s Wall, England, by Kayleigh Blair