(CNN) – “The past is never dead,” Nobel Prize-winning novelist William Faulkner once wrote. “It’s not even the past.”
Entries were judged on “originality, composition and technical proficiency” as well as the context of the image and the story behind it.
Dan Korn, vice president of the Sky History Network in the UK and one of the competition’s judges, said that despite everything, creativity still flourished during the pandemic.
“There have been so many restrictions, hurdles and hardship over the years,” he said. “But some of the amazing work on display here and capturing iconic and important landmarks from around the world so clearly was a sign that history and humanity are very much alive in all their splendor in 2021.”
This year’s acclaimed photos come from places like Wales, Brazil and Turkey. Here are some of the highlights.
a winner in wales
This year’s overall award went to Steve Lydiard 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. Winning the acclaim of the judges, Lydiard captured the lighthouse in a dramatic moment.
By day, Lydiard works as an associate practitioner for the National Health Service (NHS).
Some historians believe that Bamberg was the role model for the Joyce Garde, Sir Lancelot’s palace.
Other Notable Pictures
History of Britain Hit TV and heritage conservation group Historic England were also sponsors of the awards, meaning there were quite a few entries from around the UK.
Other images that won recognition in the competition were photographs of Hereford Cathedral, St Michael’s Tower in Glastonbury and Scott Antcliffe’s sunset shot of Bamberg Castle in Northumberland (pictured above).
There were also several winning images from other corners of the globe.
Oscar Niemeyer of Brazil is considered one of the stalwarts of modern architecture.
A photographer identifying himself as Alistair was shortlisted for his photograph of Rio de Janeiro’s Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum, designed by Oscar Niemeyer. The building, which visitors think resembles everything from a UFO to a concrete flowerbed, is a popular destination for architecture buffs.
The remains of a downed US Navy Douglas C-117D have become a popular backdrop for music videos.
One of the most significant entries was the wreckage of a US Navy plane that crashed in 1973 near Solheimasandur, Iceland. It was captured by Ukrainian photographer Yevgen Samuchenko, who has also photographed for UNESCO and the Royal Photography Society.