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Historic Photographer of the Year 2022
Photograph: Historic Photographer of the Year / Luke Stackpoole

These fascinating shots triumphed at the Historic Photographer of the Year Awards

From craggy castles to stately Arabian ruins, these are the best historic shots of 2022

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham
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Historic photography takes a lot of skill. After all, you’re not just snapping a picture: you’re trying to capture a place's entire essence, to try and tell its story through just a photograph.

It’s this kind of skill that's celebrated at the History Hit Historic Photographer of the Year awards. The awards have an entire category dedicated to ‘world history’, which aims to recognise photographs of historic sites around the world. The above shot won the entire category. Taken by Luke Stackpoole, it shows the ancient town of Fenghuang in China. 

You can view the entire Historic Photographer of the Year shortlist for yourself here but, in the meantime, here are a few of our favourites.

‘Bass Rock Lighthouse’ by Bella Falk

Historic Photographer of the Year 2022
Photograph: Historic Photographer of the Year / Bella Falk

‘Church of Our Lady of the Angels, Pollença, Mallorca’ by Bella Falk

Historic Photographer of the Year 2022
Photograph: Historic Photographer of the Year / Bella Falk

‘Newport Transporter Bridge’ by Cormac Downes

Historic Photographer of the Year 2022
Photograph: Historic Photographer of the Year / Cormac Downes

‘Castle Stalker, Appin, Argyll, Scotland’ by Dominic Ellett

Historic Photographer of the Year 2022
Photograph: Historic Photographer of the Year / Dominic Ellett

‘Hegra, Saudi Arabia’ by Luke Stackpoole

Historic Photographer of the Year 2022
Photograph: Historic Photographer of the Year / Luke Stackpoole

‘Monastery, Petra, Jordan’ by Luke Stackpoole

Historic Photographer of the Year 2022
Photograph: Historic Photographer of the Year / Luke Stackpoole

‘Calfaria Baptist Chapel, Llanelli’ by Paul Harris

Historic Photographer of the Year 2022
Photograph: Historic Photographer of the Year / Paul Harris

‘La Petite Ceinture’ by Paul Harris

Historic Photographer of the Year 2022
Photograph: Historic Photographer of the Year / Paul Harris

‘Dunnottar Castle’ by Verginia Hristova

Historic Photographer of the Year 2022
Photograph: Historic Photographer of the Year / Verginia Hristova

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