The Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013

Now in its fifth year, the Royal Observatory of the Royal Museums Greenwich conducts the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.

This time, the competition received a record number of over 1200 entries from 49 countries. The best of these exceptional photographs – winners, runners-up or highly commended in the competition’s different categories and special prizes – are showcased in a free exhibition in the Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Centre which is open to the public from 19 September 2013 until 23 February 2014 from 10.00 – 17.00.

Without further ado, here are the winners:

Guiding Light To The Stars

| Guiding Light to the Stars from markg<<,
overall winner of the competition and of the Earth and Space category.

SH2_239 Milky Way 7/16/12 Corona Composite of 2012 Australia Totality

| Celestial Impasto: sh2–239 from ngc1535, winner of the Deep Space category
| The Milky Way Galaxy from Jacob Marchio, winner of the Young Astrophotographers category
| Corona Composite of 2012: Australian Totality from Pachacoti, winner of the Our Solar System category

Moon Silhouettes      ptes_Trapezium

| Moon Silhouettes from markg<<, winner of the People and Space category
| The Trapezium Cluster and Surrounding Nebulae from László Francsics, winner of the Robotic Scope category

Venus Transit, 6/6/12, 04:47AM Welsh Highlands, Foxhunters Grave.

| Venus Transit, Foxhunter’s Grave, Welsh Highlands from Sam Cornwell, winner of the Best Newcomer category

Congratulations to our members who won or have been lauded as runners-up or highly recommended in one of the competition’s categories!

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