Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) female territorial marking by rubbing cheek against ancient Manchurian fir tree, Land of the Leopard National Park, Far East Russia, November. Taken with remote camera. Endangered species. Overall winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY) 2020.

As we embark on a challenging New Year in 2021, we start on a positive note by celebrating our photographers’ successes in the 2020 photo competitions. 2020 was certainly a strange year, but against the odds, most of the major international photo competitions went ahead, and our photographers were successful in gaining a number of…

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The gathering of 15 men and women from Nottingham's diverse communities at the British Consulate in Nottingham. Table left of picture with glasses and drinks. Date: 1960s

The centrepiece of the British Caribbean History Collection is a wonderful set of photographs by Esmel May Woma. Taken in the 1960s, when Esmel arrived in Nottingham from the Caribbean to study to be a nurse, the images show her friends and colleagues enjoying their free time: dancing, dining and sightseeing. Taken with a small…

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Group portrait of Alfred Rooke and his family at their home in Mount Park, Ealing, watercolour on paper, by Thomas Matthews Rooke (1842-1942), c.1891-2. Date: 1891-1892

We’ve been doing a lot of stuff at home this year. Just about everything in fact. And Christmas will be no different, so we thought we’d revisit a collection this week that specialises in the subject. The Museum of the Home, formerly known as the Geffrye Museum, explores the home and the way people have…

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Founded in Birmingham in 1847, the original statement of purpose of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers was, ‘To give an impulse to invention likely to be useful to the world’ – not so different from their present statement which is, ‘improving the world through engineering.’ The Institute’s archive traces the development of mechanical engineering from…

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4Corners contributor Paolo Evangelista transported himself out of 2020 by discovering new viewpoints of the charming medieval cities and timeless landscapes of Umbria and Tuscany. He tells us more here. See all 4Corners images by Paolo Evangelista and our Gallery of his latest Tuscany and Umbria images. 4Corners Images newsletter – 26 November, 2020. Picture…

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Collage of old postcards from Russia

John Massey Stewart is an authority on Russia and the former Soviet Union. As a writer, lecturer, photographer and environmental activist, he has visited the USSR/Russia thirty times since 1960 and has crossed the country twice. In 1961 John made what was an exceptional, and possibly unique trip with David Ashwanden, in a Mini Minor…

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Historic England is the public body that champions and protects England’s historic places. The archive comprises images of the historic environment spanning archaeology, historic buildings and social history, but we wanted to focus here on just one aspect of their collection: reconstruction drawings. These impressive artworks are thoroughly researched to provide not only accurate architectural…

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Three men from Wodaabe nomadic tribe celebrating Gerewol, a gathering of different clans in which women choose a husband. Men dress in best clothes and ornaments to sing and dance in front of the young women. Chad, Sahel, Africa. 2019.

This month’s highlights demonstrate the worldwide reach of our photographers, from the Mongolian wilderness to the dry heart of Australia, via destinations as diverse as Benin, Chad, Chile, Arctic Russia and the tropical Pacific islands. Subjects featured include birds in action, lots of equine, people, environment and landscape photography, and bold portraits of European and…

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Label design, The Tiger safety matches, made in Sweden. circa 1900

The Retrograph Collection is a fabulously vibrant archive of commercial and graphic design pieces from the early to mid-20th century. Brimming with retro chic, interesting typography and stylish design elements, the collection numbers over 3000 images. From the abstract geometrical shapes of art deco chocolate box designs to classic labels for sloe gin, rum and…

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In Italy’s Dolomite Mountains near the border with Austria, you find the fantastic Tre Cime di Lavaredo, sometimes called the Drei Zinnen. It’s an awe-inspiring spot at the top of the world, a mysterious place where clouds are born and legend says that witches whirl and scream their curses on cold and stormy nights. With…

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