Historical Photographer of the Year contest: See 2021’s winning pictures

(CNN) – The Nobel Prize-winning novelist William Faulkner once wrote: “The past never dies.” “It wasn’t until the past.”

This famous quote can apply to the many winners of this year’s Historic Photographer of the Year competition, where photographers from around the world have shared images of the historic sites, landscapes, and structures in which they live.

Entries were judged on “originality, composition and technical mastery” as well as the context of the image and the story behind it.

Dan Korn, Vice President of the UK Sky History Network and one of the competition judges, noted that despite everything, creativity is still thriving during the pandemic.

“There have been a lot of restrictions, limitations and hardships for many over the past two years,” he said. “But seeing some of the wonderful work on display here and famous and important sites from around the world captured so vividly was a sign that history and humanity are very much alive in all their splendor in 2021.”

The laudable images this year come from as far afield as Wales, Brazil and Turkey. These are some of the headlines.

Winner in Wales

This year’s overall award was given to Steve Lydiard for his photograph of Whitford Point Lighthouse in Wales. Built in 1865, this unique cast iron structure has long been a popular subject for photography. Lydiard captured the lighthouse in an exciting moment, winning the admiration of the judges.

By day, Liddiard works as an Associate Practitioner with the National Health Service (NHS).

“Who would have thought that!” He wrote on his Instagram page. “A guy (walking around) about three years ago, who was exploring Wales to help my mental health and taking pictures with my camera phone would develop into this.”

Some historians believe that Bamburgh was a model for Sir Lancelot’s castle, the Joys Garde.

Scott Antcliffe

Other Featured Images

Britain’s History Hit TV and heritage conservation group Historic England were also sponsors of the awards, meaning there were quite a few entries from all over the UK.

Other photos honored in the competition include photos of Hereford Cathedral and St Michael’s Tower in Glastonbury and Scott Antcliffe’s sunset shot of Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland (pictured above).

There were also many winning photos from other parts of the world.

Brazilian Oscar Niemeyer is considered one of the giants of modern architecture.

Brazilian Oscar Niemeyer is considered one of the giants of modern architecture.

Alistair

A photographer who defines himself as just Alistair has been shortlisted for his portrait of the Niteroi Museum of Contemporary Art in Rio de Janeiro, designed by Oscar Niemeyer. The building, which visitors believe looks like everything from a UFO to a concrete flower, is a popular destination for architecture buffs.

The wreckage of the US Navy Douglas C-117D has become a popular backdrop for music videos.

The wreckage of the US Navy Douglas C-117D has become a popular backdrop for music videos.

Yevhen Samuchenko

One of the most notable entries was the wreckage of a US Navy plane that crashed near Solheimasandur, Iceland, in 1973. It was taken by Ukrainian photographer Yevvin Samuchenko, who also photographed for UNESCO and the Royal Photographic Society.

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