Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2019 Picks Its Shortlist

A photography competition which is, quite literally, out of this world has chosen the photographers who have made the shortlist.

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Albany Milkyway © Yifan Bai

Albany Milkyway © Yifan Bai 


A spectacular image of the Milky Way is just one of the incredible images that have made the shortlist for this year's Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 competition. 


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The competition, which is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich, sponsored by Insight Investment and in association with BBC Sky at Night Magazine, is now in its eleventh year and has broken the record number of entries once more, receiving over 4,600 entries from enthusiastic amateurs and professional photographers (400 more than last year's competition). 


Fiery Lobster Nebula © Suavi Lipinski

Fiery Lobster Nebula © Suavi Lipinski


Shortlisted images from this year’s entrants include an Aurora shaped like a bird spreading its wings and flying over a destroyed military hydroelectric station in Murmansk, a bright display of noctilucent clouds as seen from Thurso Beach in the north of Scotland and the remnants of an 1860s pier illuminated by the majestic purple hues of our galaxy. 

Photographers have also captured sights from across our Solar System, galaxy and the wider universe; from the planetary nebula located in the constellation of Aquarius, the Helix Nebula that lies more than 650 light-years away; the Sculptor galaxy that was discovered by Caroline Herschel in 1783 and known as a starburst galaxy for its intense star formation regions; to the second largest planet in our solar system, Saturn, which is wreathed by a complex system of icy rings and surrounded by more than sixty moons.


Deep in the Heart of Mordor – NGC 7293 © Andrew Campbell

Deep in the Heart of Mordor - NGC 7293 © Andrew Campbell


The winners of the competition’s nine categories and two special prizes will be announced on Thursday 12 September at a special award ceremony at the National Maritime Museum. The winning images will then go on display in an exhibition at the National Maritime Museum from Friday 13 September, alongside a selection of shortlisted images. Winners and shortlisted entries will also be published in the competition’s official book, available in September from bookstores and online. 

To view more of the shortlisted entries, visit the Astronomy Photographer of the Year website. 


Aurora is a bird © Alexander Stepanenko

Aurora is a bird © Alexander Stepanenko


Embrace of the mountains, heart of the universe! © Majid Ghohroodi

Embrace of the mountains, heart of the universe! © Majid Ghohroodi

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