Historic Photographer of the Year 2021 Contest Winners Revealed – KESQ

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(CNN) – “The past is never dead,” Nobel laureate William Faulkner once wrote. “It is not even past.”

That famous quote could apply to many of the winners of the Historic Photographer of the Year 2021 contest, in which photographers from around the world shared images of the historic sites, landscapes and structures where they live. Entries were judged for “originality, composition, and technical competence,” as well as the context of the image and the story behind it.

Dan Korn, vice president of the Sky History network in the United Kingdom and one of the judges of the contest pointed out that, despite everything, creativity continued to flourish during the pandemic.

“There have been many restrictions, limitations and difficulties for many people in the last two years,” he said. “But seeing some of the wonderful work on display here and the iconic and significant places around the world captured so vividly was a sign that history and humanity are at their best in 2021.”

This year’s recognized photographs come from as far away as Wales, Brazil and Turkey. These are some of the most prominent.

A winner in Wales

This year’s overall award went to Steve Liddiard for his photograph of the Whiteford Point lighthouse in Wales. This unique cast iron structure, built in 1865, has long been a popular subject for photography. Liddiard captured the lighthouse in a spectacular moment, earning the admiration of the jury.

During the day, Liddiard works as an associate physician with the National Health Service (NHS).

“Who would have thought!” He wrote on his Instagram page. “A guy (wandering around) three years ago, exploring Wales to help my mental health taking pictures with my phone’s camera would evolve to this.”

Some historians believe that Bamburgh was the model for Sir Lancelot’s castle, Joyous Garde. Scott Antcliffe

Slim Aarons, the photographer who portrayed high society in action

Other featured images

Britain’s History Hit TV and heritage conservation group Historic England also sponsored the contest, so there were quite a few entrants from across the UK.

Other images that garnered recognition in the competition included Hereford Cathedral, Glastonbury’s St Michael’s Tower, and Scott Antcliffe’s photograph of the sunset from Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland (pictured above). There were also several winning images from other corners of the world.

Brazilian Oscar Niemeyer is considered one of the titans of modern architectureCredit: Alistair

A photographer who identifies himself simply as Alistair was shortlisted for his image from the Niterói Museum of Contemporary Art in Rio de Janeiro, designed by Oscar Niemeyer. The building, which in the opinion of visitors looks like everything from a UFO to a concrete flower, is a popular destination for architecture buffs.

The wreckage of a downed US Navy Douglas C-117D has become a popular backdrop for music videosCredit: Yevhen Samuchenko

One of the most striking photographs is of the wreckage of a US Navy plane that crashed near Sólheimasandur, Iceland in 1973. It was taken by Ukrainian photographer Yevhen Samuchenko, who has also photographed for UNESCO and Royal Photography. Society.

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Historic Photographer of the Year 2021 Contest Winners Revealed – KESQ