Historic Photographer of the Year 2017.
I have been entering many of the larger photographic competitions each year after seeing a large rise in magazine and website feature offers since winning Wiki Loves Monuments in 2015. For me, winning or shortlisting in comps is a fantastic way of getting your work in front of the people who can make a difference to your career. In 2017 a new competition was launched that I felt was in perfect alignment with what I do. Set up by Dan Snow of History Hit, Trip Historic, All About history Magazine and History Channel, the competition aimed to highlight the best historic locations along with interesting captions that described the location well. I entered seven images and won with the top image in this set.
It shows the Abandoned Nocton Hall military hospital in Lincolnshire. This 400m long corridor forms part of an old hospital last used by US military stationed in the UK during the first Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm). The site was loaned to American forces in 1984 as a contingency hospital and then used as a site to treat injured soldiers flown back from Iraq. However the war was a success and only 35 patients were treated there. The site was handed back to the UK in 1995 and remains to this day in a derelict state.