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The winners of the 2021 Historical Photographer competition have been revealed

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(CNN) – “The past has never died,” Nobel Prize-winning novelist William Faulkner once wrote. “It hasn’t even happened.”

This famous quote could apply to many of this year’s winners Historical photographer of the year contest, in which photographers from around the world shared images of the historic sites, landscapes and structures where they live.

Entries were judged on “originality, composition, and technical competence,” as well as the context of the image and story behind it.

Dan Korn, vice president of the Sky History network in the UK and one of the contest judges, noted that, despite everything, creativity still flourished during the pandemic.

“There have been so many restrictions, limitations and difficulties for many over the last two years,” he said. “But seeing some of the wonderful works on display here and the iconic and significant sites from around the world captured so vividly was a sign that history and humanity are very much alive in all their splendor in 2021.”

This year’s acclaimed photographs come from places as far away as Wales, Brazil and Turkey. These are some of the highlights.

A winner in Wales

This year’s general 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 at a dramatic time, earning the admiration of the judges.

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 (walking around) about three years ago, exploring Wales to help with my own mental health by taking pictures with my camera phone would evolve into that.”

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

Scott Antcliffe

Other outstanding images

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

Other images that won recognition in the competition were photos of Hereford Cathedral, St Michael’s Tower in Glastonbury and a photograph of Scott Antcliffe’s sunset at Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland (pictured above).

There were also several winning images from other corners of the world.

The Brazilian Oscar Niemeyer is considered one of the titans of modern architecture.

The Brazilian Oscar Niemeyer is considered one of the titans of modern architecture.

Alistair

A photographer who identified himself as the only Alistair was selected for his photograph at the Niterói Museum of Contemporary Art in Rio de Janeiro, designed by Oscar Niemeyer. The building, which visitors think looks like everything from a UFO to a concrete flower, is a popular destination for architecture lovers.

The wreckage of a downed U.S. Navy Douglas C-117D has become a popular backdrop for music videos.

The wreckage of a downed U.S. Navy Douglas C-117D has become a popular backdrop for music videos.

Yevhen Samutchenko

One of the most striking entries was that of the wreckage of a U.S. Navy plane that crashed near Sólheimasandur, Iceland, in 1973. It was captured by Ukrainian photographer Yevhen Samuchenko, who also photographed for UNESCO and the Royal Photography Society.

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