PHLEARN Magazine2018 Astronomy Photographer of the Year Winners Take Us to Another Dimension

2018 Astronomy Photographer of the Year Winners Take Us to Another Dimension

For the 10th year, the Royal Observatory Greenwich opened the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year Contest to amateur and professional astrophotographers to submit their finest cosmic work. With more than 4,000 entries from 91 countries, weeding out the best of the best was no easy feat for the judges. There was an impressive variety of astronomic photos, from solar eclipses to falling comets, all reminding us of the mystery and beauty of outer space.

American astrophotographer, Brad Goldpaint, took home the top prize with his stellar photo of the Milky Way, alongside a bright, shining moon, placed perfectly above the landscape’s red rock formations. The photo, Transport the Soul, might have been captured in Utah but it definitely transported the judges into another world.

All winners, along with shortlisted photographs, will be on display at the National Maritime Museum until May 5, 2019. Below, be mesmerized by a few of the other winning photographs.

PLANETS, COMETS, AND ASTEROIDS

1ST PLACE

MARTIN LEWIS
United Kingdom
“The Grace of Venus”

© Martin Lewis

OUR MOON

1ST PLACE

JORDI DELPEIX BORRELL
Spain
“Inverted colors of the boundary between Mare Serenitatis and Mare Tranquilitatis”

© Jordi Delpeix Borrell

AURORAE

1ST PLACE

NICOLAS LEFAUDEUX
France
“Speeding on the Aurorae Lane”

© Nicolas Lefaudeux

GALAXIES

1ST PLACE

STEVEN MOHR
Australia
“NGC-3521 – Mysterious Galaxy”

© Steven Mohr

OUR SUN

1ST PLACE

NICOLAS LEFAUDEUX
France
“Sun King, Little King, and God of War”

© Nicolas Lefaudeux

STARS AND NEBULAE

1ST PLACE

MARIO COGO
Italy
“Corona Australis Dust Complex”

© Mario Cogo

SKYSCAPES

1ST PLACE

FERENC SZÉMÁR
Hungary
“Circumpolar”

© Ferenc Szémár

ROBOTIC SCOPE

1ST PLACE

DAMIAN PEACH
United Kingdom
“Two comets with the Pleiades”

© Damian Peach

YOUNG COMPETITION

1ST PLACE

FABIAN DALPIAZ
Italy
“Great Autumn Morning”

© Fabian Dalpiaz

SIR PATRICK MOORE PRIZE FOR BEST NEWCOMER

1ST PLACE

TIANHONG LI
China
“Galaxy Curtain Call Performance”

© Tianhong Li

Capturing detailed and vibrant space images is no easy task. It’s an area that is completely out of our control, so it takes precise timing and patience to freeze a perfect moment. The astrophotographers that participated in this contest revealed a tiny portion of the beauty and mystery of our universe so we can all share in the wonder. Check out all the winning photographs and runners up on the winners page.

Emily Garces

Emily is a freelance content creator and photographer. Her passion is to simply create, whether it be through words or visuals. She mainly focuses her content on travel but through that, she fell in love with capturing the world one snap at a time so you will always see her with a camera. She was born and raised in New Jersey but considers herself a citizen of the world.

 

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