AWE-INSPIRING photos of the galaxy that capture the beauty of Earth and its neighbours have been revealed in the Greenwich Observatory photo contest.
The winning photo, taken in Utah, USA, of an immense rocky landscape set beneath the glorious Milky Way, scooped the top prize of £10,000.
Brad Goldpaint’s photograph of a majestic omposition of red rock formations with the Milky Way looming opposite the Andromeda galaxy[/caption]
Judges were captivated with winner Brad Goldpaint’s “breathtaking” snap that beat thousands of amateur and professional photographers from around the world.
Winning images of the other categories include the breathaking Aurora Borealis above a fjord in Norway, August’s total solar eclipse, and the solar system captured from a Brit’s back garden.
The youngster’s category winner was 15-year-old Italian Fabian Dalpiaz who snapped an incredible photo of a meteor passing over the Alpe di Siusi alpine meadow.
The Milky Way contrasted with the Andromeda galaxy in Brad Goldpaint’s photo had the judges gushing over his entry.
This stunning runner-up photo captured the glorious night sky above a quiet suburban street[/caption]
This hauntingly detailed picture of the moon went far in the competition[/caption]
This highly commended piece shows off Thackeray’s Globules in Narrowband Colour[/caption]
Chuanjin Su’s mesmerising piece of an Eclipsed Moon Trail[/caption]
This otherwordly shot set in the Italian Alps by Fabian Dalpiaz, 15, won the young photographer’s category[/caption]
Castlerigg Stone Circle near Keswick in Cumbria, snapped by Matthew James Turner[/caption]
The fantastical Aurora Borealis in Norway[/caption]
Mark McNeill’s ‘Me versus the Galaxy’ was highly commended[/caption]
Peter Ward’s shining moon shot from Australia[/caption]
A parade of the planets by Martin Lewis[/caption]
Nicolas Lefaudeux’s mystical shot of the Aurora[/caption]
This fantastic entry was taken by ten-year-old Davy van der Hoeven from the Netherlands[/caption]
Competition judge Will Gater said: “For me this superb image is emblematic of everything it means to be an astrophotographer.
“The balance between light and dark, the contrasting textures and tones of land and sky and the photographer alone under a starry canopy of breathtaking scale and beauty.”
The competition, named Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year, is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
Now in its tenth year, the contest received over 4,200 entries from more than 90 countries across the globe.
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A special exhibition at the National Maritime Museum is now open, showcasing ten years of outstanding astrophotography.
This year’s winners will be published in the competition’s official book by Collins, available exclusively at Royal Museums Greenwich shops and online from 24 October, with all major bookstores stocking from 1 November.