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The Shortlisted Images For Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2019 Are Incredible


Dr. Alfredo Carpineti


Dr. Alfredo Carpineti

Senior Staff Writer & Space Correspondent

Alfredo (he/him) has a PhD in Astrophysics on galaxy evolution and a Master's in Quantum Fields and Fundamental Forces.

Senior Staff Writer & Space Correspondent


Reflections of Mount Hooker © Marc Toso

Astronomy is a discipline that goes back tens of thousands of year. We tell stories about the night sky, we study it, and we just enjoy looking at these stars. Some of us are also pretty excellent at photographing these stars, as well as planets, meteors, galaxies, and nebulae. To crown the best astronomy photographer of the year, the Royal Observatory is back with its Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019

The competition is in its 11th year and once again received a huge amount of entries. There were more than 4,600 submissions from over 90 countries across the globe. The winners will be announced on September 12, with the job of judging the photos reserved for British comedian Jon Culshaw, the art editor of BBC Sky at Night Magazine Steve Marsh, and other experts from the art and astronomy world.  


The competition is sponsored by Insight Investment in association with BBC's Sky at Night Magazine. There are nine different categories and two special prizes, with each winner receiving £1,500 ($1,880) in prize money. The runners-up receive £500 ($630) and highly commended entries given £250 ($315). The judges will also announce an overall winner for the competition, who will receive £10,000 (about $12,500). 

Below we have selected some of the most evocative shortlisted images.


The Lord of the rings and his court

Jordi Delpeix Borrell

Saturn and some of its brighter moons are visible in this "family portrait" of the system. 


Deep in the Heart of Mordor - NGC 7293

Andrew Campbell

The Helix Nebula is what happens when a small/medium star shed its outer layer towards this end of its life. 



Coming in to land at Mare Crisium Spaceport!

Bud Martin Budzynski

This gorgeous image highlights the basaltic floor of one of the Moon's "seas".  

Aurora Australis from Beerbarrel Beach

James Stone 

The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds are captured among the southern lights. 


Out on a Limb

Alastair Woodward

This image shows a solitary prominence on the limb of the solar disk.



The Sculptor Galaxy

Bernard Miller, Martin Pugh

This beautiful spiral galaxy is 11 million light-years away. 


The Perseid Fireball 2018 

Zhengye Tang 

Quick reflexes are necessary to capture a meteor as it is bursting through the sky. 


Road to glory 

Nicolai Brügger

Snowy mountains, the Milky Way and even a meteor. What more could you ask for in an astronomy photograph? 




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