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The Winning Photos of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018


The Royal Observatory Greenwich prestigious Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest has unveiled the overall winners for the 2018 edition. The top prize was awarded to American photographer Brad Goldpaint, whose photo “Transport the Soul” (shown above) captures Moab, Utah, with a photographer, rock formations, Andromeda (left) and the Milky Way (right).

Goldpaint shot his photo with a Nikon D810 camera and 14mm f/4 lens at ISO 2500 with a 20-second exposure. He receives £10,000 ($13,000) for his win.

This year’s competition received over 4,200 entries from 91 countries around the world. Here are other winners from the contest’s subcategories — they each take home a prize of £1,500 ($1,950):

Our Sun: “Sun King, little King, and God of War” by Nicolas Lefaudeux

Galaxies: “NGC 3521 – Mysterious Galaxy” by Steven Mohr

Our Moon: “Inverted colors of the boundary between Mare Serenitatis and Mare Tranquilitatis” by Jordi Delpeix Borrell

Aurorae: “Speeding on the Aurorae Lane” by Nicolas Lefaudeu

Stars and Nebulae: “Corona Australis Dust Complex” by Mario Cogo

Skyscapes: “Circumpolar” by Ferenc Szémár

Robotic Scope Prize: “Two comets with the Pleiades” by Damian Peach

Planets, Comets and Asteroids: “The Grace of Venus” by Martin Lewis

The Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer: “Galaxy Curtain Call” by Tianhong Li

Young Competition: “Great autumn morning” by Fabian Dalpiaz

These photos will be on display in an exhibition opening at the National Maritime Museum on October 24th, 2018.

Image credits: Header photo by Brad Goldpaint/2018 Astronomy Photographer of the Year