Spectacular Winning Photos From The Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2019 Contest

The winners of Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 were announced at an award ceremony at the National Maritime Museum on 12 September 2019. The photographs will be showcased in an exhibition at the museum from 13 September. ESO joined the competition in 2016 by contributing a judge and further spreading the word about the competition among its community.

The overall winner of the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 competition is Hungarian photographer László Francsics who takes home a prize of £10 000. Francsics with his ‘Into the Shadow’ image captivated and astounded the judges. Taken in Budapest, Hungary, the photograph depicts a creative and artistic composition of the 35 phases of the total lunar eclipse that occurred on 21 January 2019.

Into the Shadow, by László Francsics. Winner: Our Moon and Winner: Overall. The photograph depicts a creative and artistic composition of the 35 phases of the total lunar eclipse that occurred on 21 January 2019. Competition judge Ed Robinson said: “For a single multiple-exposure image to capture this event with such positional precision, creative innovation and beauty is nothing short of masterful”. (Photo by László Francsics/Astronomy Photographer of the Year) Continue reading »

Spectaculr Photos Of The Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2019 Contest Shortlist


Gum 12. Eddie Trimarchi (Australia). The Gum nebula, or Gum 12, is an emission nebula that extends 36° across the night sky and is actually the 12,000-year-old remnant of the Vela supernova. It mainly consists of red hydrogen and blue doubly ionized oxygen. (Photo by Eddie Trimarchi/National Maritime Museum) Continue reading »

This Guy Shot 50,000 Pics To Make An 81MP Photo Of The Moon

Check out this incredible photo of the moon. It may look like it was captured using some ultra-advanced (and expensive) equipment, but it was actually created by astrophotography enthusiast Andrew McCarthy by capturing and combining 50,000 photos. Continue reading »

Spectacular Winning Photos Of The Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2018 Contest

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the winners of its annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. American photographer Brad Goldpaint beat thousands of amateur and professional photographers from around the world to take the top title. His shot shows immense red rock formations with the Milky Way looming overhead on the right and the Andromeda galaxy on the left. The winning photographs will be exhibited in the National Maritime Museum.


Overall winner and people and space category winner. Transport the Soul by Brad Goldpaint. (Photo by Brad Goldpaint/2018 Astronomy Photographer of the Year)
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Breathtaking Entries From The UK Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2018

The competition is run by Royal Observatory Greenwich sponsored by Insight Investment and in association with BBC Sky at Night Magazine. This year astrophotographers from 91 countries sent in more than 4,200 spectacular entries.


Rigel and the Witch Head Nebula, taken by Mario Cogo from Namibia. (Photo by Mario Cogo/Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018) Continue reading »

Spectacular Winners Of The Insight Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2017


“Stars and Nebulae”. Overall winner: The Rho Ophiuchi Clouds, by Artem Mironov (Russia) The Rho Ophiuchi Cloud Complex, or the Ophiuchus Molecular Cloud is a dark emission and reflection nebula about 14 light years across situated approximately 460 light years away from earth, in the constellation of Ophiuchus (the “Serpent-Bearer”). It is one of the closest star-forming regions to the Solar System. Hakos Farm, Windhoek, Namibia, 6 August 2016. Sky-Watcher 200 mm f/4 reflector telescope, Sky-Watcher HEQ5 Pro mount, Canon 5D Mark II camera, ISO 1600, 15-hour total exposure. (Photo by Artem Mironov/Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017) Continue reading »

Out Of This World: Magnificent Entries For The UK Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2017

The following photos are shortlisted in 2017’s Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year. The awards will be announced on September 14, and the exhibition opens September 16 at The Royal Observatory Greenwich.

“Auroral Crown”, Yulia Zhulikova (Russia).

During an astrophotography tour of the Murmansk region with Stas Korotkiy, an amateur astronomer and popularizer of astronomy in Russia, the turquoise of the Aurora Borealis swirls above the snow covered trees. Illuminated by street lamps, the trees glow a vivid pink forming a contrasting frame for Nature’s greatest lightshow. (Photo by Yulia Zhulikova/National Maritime Museum/The Guardian) Continue reading »

Insight Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2016 Winners

People and Space Runnner-up: Man on the Moon
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A good friend posed on top of the mountain. The hardest part was getting to the location and discovering that he had forgotten the tripod. A coat on a fence served to improvise and support my telescope and camera. (Dani Caxete/Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 competition/National Maritime Museum) Continue reading »

UK Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2016 Shortlist

Gorgeous galaxies and stunning stars make up this selection of pictures from the shortlisted entries for this year’s Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year award. The winners will be announced on 15 September, and an exhibition of the winning images will be will be displayed in a free exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Centre from 17 September.

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“Flash Point”. Brad Goldpaint (USA) The Perseid Meteor Shower shoots across the sky in the early hours of 13 August, 2015, appearing to cascade from Mount Shasta in California, USA. The composite image features roughly 65 meteors captured by the photographer between 12:30am and 4:30am. (Photo by Brad Goldpaint/Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016/National Maritime Museum) Continue reading »

Katerina Kopytina Has Designed an Astronomy Inspired Planter Collection

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Designer Katerina Kopytina, has designed a collection of hanging pots, she has named the Kuiper Belt. Continue reading »

Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 Shortlist

The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, sponsored by Insight Investment, is an annual global search for the most beautiful and spectacular visions of the cosmos by amateur and professional astrophotographers. The winning images are showcased in a stunning exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

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Great Nebula in Carina Bi-Colour. The hypergiant star Eta Carinae glows against the background of swirling clouds of dust and gases that form the Carina Nebula. The Carina Nebula is one of the largest diffuse nebulae – meaning that it has no well-defined boundaries – in our skies and is about four times as large as the famed Orion Nebula. (Photo by Terry Robison)
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The Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 Contest

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“Aurora over a glacier lagoon”. A vivid green overheaded aurrora pictured in Iceland’s Vatnajokull National Park reflected almost symetrically in Jokulsrlon Glacier lagoon. A complete lack of wind and currrent combin in this sheltred lagoon scene to crete an arresting mirror effect giving the image a sensation of utter stillness. Despite theis there is motion on a suprising scale, as the loops and arcs of the aurora are shaped by the shifting forces of the Earth’s magnetic field. James Woodend of Great Britain won the grand prize with the image, beating out more than 2,500 other entries. The Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 contest is judged by the Royal Observatory Greenwich and BBC Sky at Night magazine. (Photo by James Woodend/The Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 Contest)
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