Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2019 'People's Choice' Revealed

A sharp and detailed image of the moon, along with two incredible nightscapes of the sea have been chosen as Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2020 'People's Choice' finalists.

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A Titanium Moon by Miguel Claro

 'A Titanium Moon' by Miguel Claro -  'Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year' competition


The winner of the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 'People’s Choice Awards' 2019 has been announced as 'A Titanium Moon' by Miguel Claro.


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The image is a high-resolution mosaic composed of four panels, each one made from 30 images, combined together to reveal a sharp and detailed surface. The colour has been slightly increased to reveal differences in the chemical constitution of the lunar surface and changes in mineral content that produce subtle colour variations in reflected light.


Marcin Zajac 'Ageless'

 'Ageless' by Marcin Zajac  -  'Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year' competition


The second-place award went to Marcin Zajac for 'Ageless' and third went to Masoud Ghadiri for 'Sharafkhane Port and Lake Urmia'. 

Miguel's winning image was chosen out of 25 selected by the Museum, with the public casting over 22,000 votes online and in the exhibition gallery, between 12 September 2019 and 23 February 2020.


Masoud Ghadiri - 'Sharafkhane Port and Lake Urmia'

 'Sharafkhane Port and Lake Urmia' by Masoud Ghadiri -   'Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year' competition


There's Still Time To Enter

The 'Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020' competition 'People's Choice' may have been finalised but the overall title is still up for grabs as the competition doesn't close until 6 March 2020. 

Each entrant can submit up to ten images to the competition, with participants at all skill levels in with a chance of winning a prize.  The competition has nine main categories, such as Skyscapes (astronomical subjects like the Milky Way or stars alongside earthly scenery), People and Space (photographs of the night sky with people or a human interest element) and Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year (for entrants under 16 years old). 

There are also two special prizes: The Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer, awarded to an amateur astrophotographer who has taken up the hobby in the last year and has not entered the competition before; and the new Annie Maunder Prize for Image Innovation for the best photo processed using pre-existing open-source data.

Photographers can enter their images online by visiting the RMG (Royal Museums Greenwich) website, where full competition rules and some top tips on photographing everything from star trails to galaxies and nebulae are also available. 

For more competitions to enter, have a look at our '25 Best Photography Competitions You Have To Enter' list.

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