Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2020 Shortlisted Images Selected

The Milky Way glittering over Cornwall and star trails across the gnarled landscape of the Namib Desert are just two of the photographs shortlisted for the Royal Observatory's 'Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020' competition.

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The Red Lake of Stars © Bryony Richards (USA)

The Red Lake of Stars © Bryony Richards (USA)

 

Once again, the Royal Observatory’s 'Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020' has received thousands of outstanding images.

Entrants have captured wonders from across our solar system, galaxy and the wider Universe; from the second-largest planet in our solar system, Saturn, which is wreathed by a complex system of icy rings and surrounded by more than 60 moons; an ‘Eruption’ on our sun’s surface, a prominence on one of the star’s most active regions; to the Sculptor Galaxy that was discovered by Caroline Herschel in 1783 and known as a starburst galaxy for its intense star formation regions.

 

The Moon and the Shard © Mathew Browne (UK)

The Moon and the Shard © Mathew Browne (UK)

 

Shortlisted images from this year’s entrants also include a Full Moon illuminating the jagged peak of The Shard, London, a mesmerising aurora over Stokksnes headland on the Icelandic coast and a remarkable scene of a total solar eclipse, the planet Venus and the star Betelgeuse, captured at ESO’s La Silla ESO Observatory, in the Atacama Desert, Chile.

 

Cold Night on the Yellowstone © Jake Mosher (USA)

Cold Night on the Yellowstone © Jake Mosher (USA)

 

The competition, run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich, sponsored by Insight Investment and in association with BBC Sky at Night Magazine, is now in its twelfth year and has broken the record number of entries once more, receiving over 5,200 entries from enthusiastic amateurs and professional photographers, taken from almost 70 countries across the globe.

 

Something Old, Something New © Jay Evans (Austraila)

Something Old, Something New © Jay Evans (Australia)

 

Competition judge and Royal Observatory Greenwich Astronomer, Dr Emily Drabek-Maunder said of the competition: "Astronomy is one of the most accessible sciences and everyone has looked up at the night sky at one time or another and wondered what is out there in the cosmos. Astrophotography bridges the gap between art and science, highlighting the natural beauty of our Universe. The goal of the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition is to use these powerful photographs of space to engage the public with the big questions science is trying to answer, from the inner workings of a galaxy to how our Solar System came to be."

 

The Cave of the Wild Horses © Bryony Richards (USA)

The Cave of the Wild Horses © Bryony Richards (USA)

 

The competition’s judges also include renowned comedian and keen amateur astronomer, Jon Culshaw; Art Editor of BBC Sky at Night Magazine Steve Marsh and a host of experts from the worlds of art and astronomy. The winners of the competition’s nine categories and two special prizes will be announced on Thursday 10 September 2020. The winning images will be displayed in an exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, alongside a selection of exceptional shortlisted images. Winners and shortlisted entries will also be published in the competition’s official book, available in September from bookstores and online, and to pre-order from the Royal Museums Greenwich online shop. 

For more information, visit the competition website

 

Galactic Portal © Marcin Zajac (USA)

Galactic Portal © Marcin Zajac (USA)

 

To see last year's winners have a read of these features: Stunning Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2019 Winning Images Announced & Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2019 'People's Choice' Revealed

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Big Bri 19 16.6k United Kingdom
15 Jul 2020 11:13AM
Interesting that one of the photos was somebody processing data from Juno rather than taking their own photo....

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