Heritage Open Days 9-18 September 2022 - What will you discover?

Photography Competition 2018 – The Result

We had a fantastic response to our first ever photography competition, with over 300 submissions featuring places of every age, style and function. However, there could only be one winner! Read on to find out more about the winning image, as well as our runners-up and honourable mentions.

© Jason Brodie-Browne - Our winning image, taken at the Royal Hospital Haslar.

Winning Image – Jason Brodie-Browne | Royal Hospital Haslar | Gosport

“For me, Jason’s photo really communicates one of the best things about Heritage Open Days, the ability to venture behind usually closed doors and discover a different side to your local heritage. This is a well thought-out, clever image that has a real sense of mystery and intrigue. A worthy winner of our first photography competition” – Andy Henderson

Runner-Up – Sumit Surai | Ipswich School | Ipswich

© Sumit Surai -

"This image is a technically well-produced and balanced panoramic image of the frontage of Ipswich Preparatory School. The building was created using symmetry and this photograph pays homage to that design choice. The shot was taken under pleasing lighting conditions and is also well exposed and very detailed." - Matt Emmett

Runner-Up – Paul Charles | National Waterways Museum | Ellesmere Port

© Paul Charles -

“The window is the perfect frame for this view. The grime and dust at the top of the glass create an almost vignette effect, which helps to make the blue tarpaulin really stand out amongst this industrial landscape. This image is a fantastic advert for the diversity of places that open for Heritage Open Days” – Andy Henderson

Honourable Mentions

Elisabeth Briggs | Chatterley Whitfield | Staffordshire

© Elisabeth Briggs -

Kathryn Murphy | Greyfriars | Lincoln

© Kathryn Murphy -

George Watkins | Croome Park | Worcestershire

© George Watkins -

How was the competition judged?

Judging was conducted by Matt Emmett, Historic Photographer of the Year 2017 and author of Forgotten Heritage, and Andy Henderson, who manages our social media and photography production. They were looking for visually striking, technically brilliant and cleverly composed images that also helped to highlight the diversity of places that feature in Heritage Open Days. Images were scored by each judge independently, before Matt and Andy added their scores together to decide on a winner, two runners-up, and several honourable mentions.

Our winner and runners-up will all be recieving gift vouchers courtesy of Cotswold Outdoor, providing them with all the kit to continue their heritage adventures.

Thanks again to everyone who took the time to enter the competition; we'll be featuring more of your entries on our instagram page over the coming weeks.