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Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2021 Winners

The breath-taking Aurora Borealis and Venus rising over the rocky horizon of the Moon are just some of the incredible subjects featured in this year's 'Astronomy Photographer Of The Year' winning images.

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© Shuchang Dong - 'Astronomy Photographer of the Year 13'


Photographer Shuchang Dong with his astounding image of the annular solar eclipse, "The Golden Ring", is the Overall Winner and wins the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s title 'Astronomy Photographer of the Year 13'.

The photograph depicts the annular solar eclipse that occurred on 21 June 2020 in a powerful and atmospheric composition that spellbound the judges.


Polar Lights Dance © Dmitrii Rybalka

© Dmitrii Rybalka


Winning images from other categories and special prizes include the mesmerising Aurora dance taken from the bridge of a ship by the Third Officer Dmitrii Rybalka (Russia), who was on watch duty that night; Venus rising over the rocky horizon of the Moon by Nicolas Lefaudeux (France); a poignant star trail image taken during lockdown by Deepal Ratnayaka (UK) that captured the essence of the year 2020, restricting but hopeful; and the outstanding image of the Space X Falcon 9 rocket passing the Moon by Paul Eckhardt (USA).


© Deepal Ratnayaka


15-year-old Zhipu Wang (China) is taking home the top prize in the Young Competition category for his astonishing composition of the Sun, the Moon and the planets of the Solar System. 


Sun, the Moon and the planets of the Solar System

© Zhipu Wang


Astronomy Photographer of the Year is run by Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with BBC Sky at Night Magazine Now in its thirteenth year, the competition received over 4,500 entries from 75 countries. The best of these exceptional photographs are showcased in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 13 exhibition at the National Maritime Museum.

You can view last year's winning images here: Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2020 Winners

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