The annual Milky Way photographer of the year competition features the best photos of our galaxy as selected by Capture the Atlas. This year’s images were taken from around the world by 25 photographers of 14 different nationalities. The best time to see and photograph the Milky Way is usually between May and June with maximum hours of visibility on both hemispheres.
Volcano and cross – Tomas Slovinsky. Villarrica Volcano, Chile
‘If you’ve never seen the Southern Sky, it’s significantly different and truly amazing. In the northern hemisphere, we use Polaris as the polar star, but below the equator, there are other rules. To easily recognise the south celestial pole, the best indicator is the Southern Cross constellation, located in the image just above the Villarrica volcano. This cross points to the south celestial pole and it’s easy to identify, considering the brightness of the stars. Within the cross, we can see the dark area called “the Coalsack”, which is also visible to the naked eye. It’s one of the best-known dark nebulae in the sky. In the upper left corner, there’s another night sky gem: the red-coloured Carina Nebula. This is also only visible in the southern hemisphere and, even though it’s visible to the naked eye, with a pair of binoculars, we can see all the beautiful details’ Continue reading »
Nori Yuasa is a photographer based in Hyogo, but this shot was taken in Nara prefecture, the famous home of roaming deer. This photo shows the stunning natural beauty of the area.
In his caption he describes the lucky coincidences that led to this perfect shot. Firstly that no one else was around, secondly that thick fog and strong winds created an eerie atmosphere. For just a moment the fog cleared in the centre directly above the pathway, revealing the cosmos behind it, and the photographer quickly took his chance. Continue reading »
Striking milky way shots by Leo Resplandor, a gifted self-taught photographer, and astrophotographer who was born in Manila, Philippines and currently lives and works in The Bayview District in San Francisco, California. Leo focuses mainly on landscape, cityscape & astrophotography. Continue reading »
The Deserts Of Argentina Take On A Starring Role In This Photographer’s Breathtaking Milky Way Shots
Amateur snapper Gonzalo Javier Santile, 46, spent the last two years capturing these rare shots of the galaxy as it arced over deserts in Salta Cafayate, Cordoba Valle de Punilla, Provincia de Buenos Aires and the Rio Negro province. In his pictures, the Milky Way can be admired as it towers over canyons, cacti, bushes, and even small brooks and lakes. Continue reading »
According to a photographer Oscar Keserci: “A few years ago I didn’t know about the Milky Way. A few years ago I wouldn’t have dared to go alone outside in the middle of the night. Now I’m usually alone out in the nights and I really enjoy it, even if sometimes it can be scary. Continue reading »
An eye-catching tourist attraction in Zhengzhou City in central China’s Henan Province is lighting up the night – a walking path which has been laid with glowing pebbles. Continue reading »
Imge courtesy of Daniel Kordan
In May 2016, Russian photographer, Daniel Kordan, traveled to the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia – the world’s largest salt flat and took some photos that look out of this world. Using a Nikon D810A astrophotography DSLR and a 14-24mm f/2.8 Nikon lens, he managed to capture the Milky Way being reflected on the flooded salt flat at night, and the results are absolutely breathtaking. Continue reading »
“Stunning Milky Way formation above the Isle of Wight : The Milky Way shines in mesmerising colourful patterns above the Isle of Wight in these stunning photographs. Photographer Chad Powell used a DSLR camera to capture images of the spectacular constellation above the familiar beach scenes of England’s largest island. The 22-year-old, who shot the pictures over a year of stargazing on the island, often stayed up until dawn to catch the most dramatic sky-scapes. Continue reading »
Girls covered by splashes of milk in photographs by Alena Nikiforova. Continue reading »