2022 Winners

History Hit is delighted to reveal the winners of Historic Photographer of the Year 2022.

The competition received over 1,200 entries, which were judged based on originality, composition and technical proficiency alongside the history behind the image.

As well as an overall winner, the Historic England and World History categories were up for grabs this year. Find out more about the entries below.

“As always, judging these awards was a highlight for me,” said Dan Snow, Creative Director at History Hit.

“It is clear that the stunning entries that make up the shortlist are the product of patience, technical skill, and an awareness of both the past and the present. The creativity and talent on show was second to none. I can’t wait to see what work is entered into next year’s competition.”

Overall Winner

Historic England Winner

World History Winner

Dan Snow

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.

Fiona Shields

Fiona has over twenty years' picture editing experience across a range of newspaper titles. She was picture editor of the Guardian for ten years before taking up the role of Head of Photography for the Guardian News and Media Group. Throughout her career she has been involved in the coverage of some of the most historic news stories of our time including the events surrounding 9/11, conflicts around the world, large-scale natural disasters, and the humanitarian crises resulting from the growing refugee numbers across the globe. In addition she has judged World Press, the Sony World Photography Awards, The Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize and is a regular nominator for the prestigious Prix Pictet Prize.

Claudia Kenyatta

Claudia is Director of Regions at Historic England, the Government body which helps people to understand, enjoy and care for heritage. Before joining Historic England, Claudia spent two decades in central government, leading heritage, arts and digital policy in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Alongside her role at Historic England, Claudia is also Chair of Trustees at London’s Battersea Arts Centre and a Trustee of the Black Cultural Archives, a charity dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating the histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain.

Philip Mowbray

Philip 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.

Rich Payne

Rich Payne is the Executive Editor for History at Little Dot Studios, overseeing a suite of digital media brands and accounts with a following in excess of 10 million worldwide. From Timeline World History Documentaries on YouTube to Absolute History on TikTok, via Real Royalty and Odyssey (ancient history) on Facebook, the reach of Little Dot's history network is truly global. Rich's area of expertise is in making fun, engaging, shareable factual content - whether for TV, or digital and social media. Every day Rich's team creates, packages and publishes multiple photos, videos, and written media to millions of passionate history buffs. We're champions of bringing the content to the places that audiences congregate, including TikTok (1.5 million followers on history accounts) and YouTube (7 million subscribers on history channels, with 2 billion lifetime views).