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UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL - 00:01 AM Wednesday 22nd November (GMT)

Good Afternoon,

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Historic Photographer of the Year Competition 2023, run by History Hit in partnership with Historic England. Please note this is under embargo until 00:01 AM Wednesday 22nd November (GMT).

Winners gallery can be found here: https://we.tl/t-ojb8RUiSZG

Overall shortlist gallery can be found here: https://we.tl/t-BCKwI1fzku

Historic England shortlist gallery can be found here: https://we.tl/t-u4OsdsczwN

World History shortlist gallery can be found here: https://we.tl/t-zY14tQhIGr

If you have any questions or would like anymore information about any images, please email me at: abigail.cadwallader@littledotstudios.com

Many thanks,


History Hit Announces Winners of Historic Photographer of the Year Competition 2023

Winners include Josh Drury for Overall Winner category, Scott Macintyre for Historic England category and George Anthony Fisk fo

Photo by Josh Drury, Overall Winner 2023

London, 22 November 2023: History Hit, the podcast, SVOD and content platform founded by historian Dan Snow and acquired by award-winning digital content studio and media network Little Dot Studios, has announced the winners of the 2023 Historic Photographer of the Year photography competition.

The competition calls on photographers to explore and capture the very best historic sites that the world has to offer, with the judges looking at originality, composition and technical proficiency alongside the story behind the submission and its historical impact. After a three week judging period, the judges, including History Hit’s Dan Snow MBE; Director of Regions at Historic England, Claudia Kenyatta; Andrew Hepburn, Deputy Picture Editor for The Times; Philip Mulbray, Editor of Focus at Picfair; and Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Marissa Roth, reviewed over 1000 entries and have selected their three category winners. 

Winning the Historic England category this year is Scott Macintyre, from Dorchester in Dorset, with their image of Dartmoor’s Windy Post Cross. Judge Claudia Kenyatta commented: “Wayside crosses are one of the distinctive features of Dartmoor, and this beautiful and atmospheric image captures brilliantly the way in which this ancient monument has become such an intrinsic part of Dartmoor’s historic landscape.” Whilst Judge Dan Snow said: “There is nowhere quite like Dartmoor. There is an energy here, a dialogue between landscape, sky and fragmentary history that is difficult to appreciate without visiting. This picture captures the essence of the place. Darkness, light, wild and human jockeying for position.”

Photo by Scott Macintyre, winner of the Historic England category

George Anthony Fisk, from Whitstable in Kent, takes first in the World History category with their image of Auschwitz - Birkenau. Judge Dan Snow commented: “A bold decision to turn the camera around. There are so many powerful images of the gates of Auschwitz, this one looks back in the direction from which the victims came. The tracks once lead to innumerable happy homes, families and communities. Now gone. Disappeared like the track over the horizon. A clever shot that makes us think differently about a hauntingly familiar site.”

Photo by George Anthony Fisk, winner of the World History category

Finally, the 2023 overall winner is Josh Drury, from Bath, with their photograph of Callanish Standing Stones on The Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Judge Philip Mowbray described it as: “It is a gorgeous scene; the sunrise is perfectly placed to give this image a mythical, otherworldly element synonymous with the stones. Stunning.” Judge Melissa Roth, added: “This image is evocative on many levels, as an ode to ancient human history, as a symbol of hope and renewal.”

34 talented amateur photographers made the 2023 shortlist, which can be viewed on the Historic Photographer website. Entries ranged from mist shrouded scenes of Britain’s ancient structures, to brutal reminders of modern conflict in historic sites around the world. While some photographs celebrated the marriage of the natural and the man-made, as seen in the frost-covered silhouette of Silbury Hill in Avebury, others brought histories of industrialisation and community into the present, such as the smouldering shell of The Crooked House pub in South Staffordshire, which captured the world’s interest in August of this year.

Dan Snow, Creative Director at History Hit, said: "Judging this year's captivating entries was a true honour. Once again, all the entries displayed a remarkable blend of patience, technical mastery, and historical appreciation. The creativity and talent displayed were unparalleled, spanning diverse disciplines from landscapes to urban and aerial photography. Witnessing the fusion of past and present through these lens masterpieces has been inspiring."

Claudia Kenyatta, Director of Regions at Historic England and Historic Photographer of the Year judge, said:

“It’s been wonderful to see such creative, diverse and inspirational entries this year, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed viewing all the incredible photography that’s been submitted. From famous castles to railways, lighthouses, and historic landscapes, it’s been an honour to judge this reflective and thought-provoking collection of images, championing both everyday heritage as well as famous landmarks, both in England and across the globe.”


Notes to editors

Winners gallery can be found here: https://we.tl/t-ojb8RUiSZG

Overall shortlist gallery can be found here: https://we.tl/t-BCKwI1fzku

Historic England shortlist gallery can be found here: https://we.tl/t-u4OsdsczwN

World History shortlist gallery can be found here: https://we.tl/t-zY14tQhIGr

When using the photographs provided please link to https://www.historyhit.com/photographer/

2023 judges:

  • Dan Snow MBE - is a BAFTA award winning historian, broadcaster and television presenter. He is the founder and Creative Director of History Hit and host of one of the world’s biggest history podcasts, Dan Snow’s History Hit. In early 2022 Dan took part in the expedition to find Shackleton’s shipwreck Endurance, which was discovered 10,000 feet below the ice of the Weddell Sea in Antarctica.

  • Andrew Hepburn - is Deputy Picture Editor for The Times and has been a picture editor for over 15 years, working for newspapers, websites magazines and a wire agency. He has a passion for photography and photo-journalism and was really looking forward to being part of the judging panel. Historic Photographer of the Year is one of his favourite photo contests, with an incredibly high standard across all categories, and he was excited to see what this year's entrants have produced.

  • Marissa Roth - is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, and documentary photographer, born and raised in Los Angeles. She was part of The Los Angeles Times staff that won the Prize for Best Spot News, for coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Her assignments for other prestigious publications, including The New York Times, have taken her around the world, where she photographed stories encompassing social, political, and cultural subjects. Roth’s work has been widely exhibited and is held in both public and private collections. In addition, she is a curator, lecturer, and teacher and continues to work on her personal projects as a photographer. Roth is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Photographic Society. She was granted a Global Talent visa by Arts Council England and resides in London.

  • Claudia Kenyatta - Director of Regions at Historic England. Claudia leads Historic England’s planning, listing, grants and programme delivery in the regions, where Historic England offers expertise, advice and funding and builds effective partnerships to explain, protect and care for the historic environment. Before joining Historic England in 2018, Claudia spent 14 years at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, including senior roles leading arts, museum and heritage policy, and DCMS’s corporate strategy and performance. Before joining DCMS, Claudia worked in a variety of roles in the Cabinet Office and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (now DHLUC). She is a Trustee of the Black Cultural Archives, a national heritage charity dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating the histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain.

  • Phillip Mowbray - graduated in 2010 from Kingston School of Art with a First Class honours degree in photography. Since then, his career has been solidly within the industry - specifically in commercial photography, licensing and education, having held various roles at several photographic companies. One of them being a specialist historical picture library, where he worked with clients from TV documentary companies, publishers, merchandisers and ad agencies to deliver world-class historical images for their projects and campaigns. In his current role at Picfair, he is the Editor of Focus - Picfair’s online photography knowledge hub, where he brings his 10+ years of photographic knowledge and industry experience to guide photographers in improving their practice, learning new skills, and building on their successes. When it comes to his photography, he is a keen outdoor photographer, having recently relocated to Northumberland to take advantage of the many honeypot sites in the area.

About Historic Photographer of the Year

The Historic England category, run in partnership with Historic England, celebrates the best of England’s heritage. The World History category recognises sensational photographs of sites around the world. Entries will be judged by a panel of five judges based on their originality, composition and technical proficiency alongside the story behind the image and its historical impact.

The Historic Photographer of the Year competition launched for entries on 1 August 2023. The competition is open to amateur and professional photographers over the age of 18 and resident in the UK. The overall winner will see their work showcased on the official competition website and will receive a cash prize of £250, while category winners stand to win a cash prize of £50. The Historic England category winner will also receive up to £100-worth of books selected from the Historic England imprint.

All winners will receive a copy of the History Hit Miscellany of Facts, Figures and Fascinating Finds (published 28/09/2023).

Entries closed at 18:00 BST on 15 October 2023. For more information, see the terms and conditions.

About History Hit

History Hit, the podcast, SVOD and content platform founded by historian Dan Snow and acquired by award-winning digital content studio and media network Little Dot Studios, is a premium media network focused on making history more accessible in the digital age. 

History Hit TV, its SVOD service, was launched in November 2017, focusing on original history programming. Alongside over 500 original documentaries, interviews and films, it also offers an archive of over 2,500 podcasts ad-free to subscribers, earning it the Best Specialist Channel at the Broadcast Awards 2023. It is available on Roku, Apple, Android, web, Amazon Fire, Amazon Prime Video Channels UK and now Comcast US.

The podcast arm of the media network publishes seven successful podcast series, including the chart-topping Dan Snow's History Hit, which publishes four times a week. Other podcast’s within their network include weekly shows Betwixt the Sheets with Kate Lister and American History Hit with Don Wildman. The network publishes 16 podcast episodes a week for enthusiasts of all eras, from ancient times to present day and won the silver award for Best Network at the British Podcast Awards 2023. Audiences can also subscribe to receive all of the History Hit networks podcasts early and ad-free on Apple Podcasts. 

Leveraging Little Dot Studios content management, acquisition and distribution expertise, History Hit has grown its social media platforms by more than 2.5 million followers, and launched a FAST channel across all major streaming platforms in 2022. Additionally its website receives 1 million Unique Users a month. 

About Little Dot Studios


Little Dot Studios is an award-winning digital content studio and media network established in 2013.


Specialising in creating meaningful connections between premium content and digital audiences, Little Dot Studios engages, grows, and monetises digital audiences on social platforms and connected devices through data-driven, broadcast-quality creative.


Made up of digital experts, platform specialists and content superfans across the UK, US, Germany and APAC, Little Dot Studios works with the world’s most recognised TV, sports and consumer brands, creating premium digital video, podcast and social content for more than 700 social channels globally and responsible for over ten billion organic views per month.


Little Dot Studios runs its digital broadcast network of more than fifty channel brands across social platforms as well as eight FAST channels across streaming platforms. Licensing over 20,000 hours of hand-picked long-form content, the network is watched by over 45 million subscribers and reaches over 125 million unique viewers every month.


Little Dot Studios incorporates sports-specialist production arm WING and owns broadcaster Dan Snow’s History Hit podcast network and SVOD service, as well as social media reporting and analytics platform Locowise.


Little Dot Studios is an All3Media company.

About Historic England

Historic England is the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England’s spectacular historic environment, from beaches and battlefields to parks and pie shops. We protect, champion and save the places that define who we are where we’ve come from as a nation. We care passionately about the stories they tell, the ideas they represent and the people who live, work and play among them. Working with communities and specialists we share our passion, knowledge and skills to inspire interest, care and conservation, so everyone can keep enjoying and looking after the history that surrounds us all. 

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