Steve Liddiard has been named overall winner of the Historic Photographer of the Year Awards 2021, for his photo of the Whiteford Point Lighthouse in the Gower Peninsula, Wales.

Image source, Steve Liddiard

"The lighthouse was built in 1865 to a design by John Bowen, of Llanelli, to mark the shoals of Whiteford Point, replacing an earlier piled structure of 1854, of which nothing remains," explains Mr Liddiard.

"It is the only wave-swept cast iron tower of this size in Britain."

Entries to the competition were judged on originality, composition and technical proficiency alongside the story behind the submission and its historical impact.

"The awards demonstrate the huge dedication that entrants often go to when trying to capture that perfect shot, whether rising in the dead of night to capture the perfect sunrise or climbing, hiking and trekking their way to discover far-flung places from our past," said broadcaster and historian Dan Snow, who was a competition judge.

The Historic England category was won by Sam Binding's view of the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol during a misty sunrise (below).

Image source, Sam Binding

"I regularly take my dog for a walk at sunrise in Bristol," said Mr Binding.

"The bridge acts as a gateway to the city, and mist adds a magic quality to an already stunning scene."

The Where History Happened category went to Iain McCallum for his drone picture of the shipwrecks of the Wastdale H and Arkendale H, which tragically collided in the River Severn in October 1960 (below).

Image source, Iain McCallum

Here is a selection of shortlisted images from this year's competition.

The Shambles, York, England, by David OxtabyImage source, David OxtabyHereford Cathedral, England, by Jo BorzsonyImage source, Jo BorzsonySunkenkirk, Lake District, England, by Matthew TurnerImage source, Matthew James TurnerRemains of the Kingdom of Commagene, Mount Nemrut, Turkey, by Mehmet Masum SuerImage source, Mehmet Masum SuerNeuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany, by Michael WelchImage source, Michael WelchBattersea Power Station, London, by Pete EdmundsImage source, Pete EdmundsCorfe Castle, England, by Sam BindingImage source, Sam BindingBamburgh Castle, England, by Scott AntcliffeImage source, Scott AntcliffeBrewery Shaft, Nenthead Mines, England, by Tom McNallyImage source, Tom McNallyThe Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima, Japan, by Wayne BudgeImage source, Wayne Budge1973 US Navy C-117D, in Iceland, by Yevhen SamuchenkoImage source, Yevhen SamuchenkoHadrian's Wall, England, by Kayleigh BlairImage source, Kayleigh Blair

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