History Hit is delighted to reveal the winners of Historic Photographer of the Year 2023.
The competition received over 1,000 entries, which were judged based on originality, composition and technical proficiency alongside the history behind the image.
Josh Dury won in the Overall category, while Scott Macintyre won in the Historic England category and George Anthony Fisk won in the World History category. Find out more about the entries below.
“Judging this year’s captivating entries was a true honour,” said Dan Snow, Creative Director at History Hit. “Witnessing the fusion of past and present through these lens masterpieces has been inspiring.”
“It’s been wonderful to see such creative, diverse and inspirational entries this year,” said Claudia Kenyatta, Director of Regions at Historic England. “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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Andrew 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 is 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 is excited to see what this year's entrants have produced.