Astronomy Photographers Of The Year 2019

Astrophotography is probably one of the most difficult and specialized types of photography to try your hand at, but if you manage to get it right the rewards are some of the most astonishingly breathtaking images you are ever likely to see.

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has just revealed the winners of its annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, and the quality of the entrants was nothing short of spectacular. This year the competition attracted 4,602 entries from 90 different countries across the world, all presenting the universe in a new light and vying for the coveted prize of best picture.

Aurorae: ‘Aurora Is A Bird’ By Alexander Stepanenko

Aurorae: 'Aurora Is A Bird' By Alexander Stepanenko

Stars And Nebulae: ‘Deep In The Heart Of Mordor – Ngc 7293’ By Andrew Campbell

Stars And Nebulae: 'Deep In The Heart Of Mordor - Ngc 7293' By Andrew Campbell

Our Sun Winner: ‘A Little Fireworks’ By Alan Friedman

Our Sun Winner: 'A Little Fireworks' By Alan Friedman

People And Space Winner: ‘Ben, Floyd & The Core’ By Ben Bush

People And Space Winner: 'Ben, Floyd & The Core' By Ben Bush

Skyscapes Highly Commended: ‘Flower Power’ By Brandon Yoshizawa

Skyscapes Highly Commended: 'Flower Power' By Brandon Yoshizawa

Stars And Nebulae: ‘Ngc 6164, The Blue Doily’ By Josep Drudis

Stars And Nebulae: 'Ngc 6164, The Blue Doily' By Josep Drudis

Galaxies Highly Commended: ‘Andromeda Galaxy’ By Raul Villaverde Fraile

Galaxies Highly Commended: 'Andromeda Galaxy' By Raul Villaverde Fraile

Aurorae: ‘To The Flying Aurora’ By Zhijun Yan

Aurorae: 'To The Flying Aurora' By Zhijun Yan

Stars And Nebulae: ‘Depth And Height, Ngc 7822 Devil’s Head Nebulae Complex’ By László Bagi

Stars And Nebulae: 'Depth And Height, Ngc 7822 Devil's Head Nebulae Complex' By László Bagi

Robotic Scope: ‘Sh2-308 Dolphin Head’ By Tian Lee

Robotic Scope: 'Sh2-308 Dolphin Head' By Tian Lee

Skyscapes Winner: ‘Across The Sky Of History’ By Wang Zheng

Skyscapes Winner: 'Across The Sky Of History' By Wang Zheng

Skyscapes: ‘Deadvlei’ By Stefan Liebermann

Skyscapes: 'Deadvlei' By Stefan Liebermann

Aurorae: ‘Aurora Like Phoenix’ By Wang Zheng

Aurorae: 'Aurora Like Phoenix' By Wang Zheng

Our Moon: ‘Mineral Moon – Aristarchus Quadrangle’ By Alain Paillou

Our Moon: 'Mineral Moon - Aristarchus Quadrangle' By Alain Paillou

The Sir Patrick Moore Prize For Best Newcomer Joint: ‘Bloodborne’ By Keijo Laitala

The Sir Patrick Moore Prize For Best Newcomer Joint: 'Bloodborne' By Keijo Laitala

Aurorae: ‘Aurora Outside The Tiny Cave’ By Sutie Yang

Aurorae: 'Aurora Outside The Tiny Cave' By Sutie Yang

Our Moon: ‘Sunlight Versus Earthshine’ By László Francsics

Our Moon: 'Sunlight Versus Earthshine' By László Francsics

People And Space Runner-Up: ‘Above The Tower’ By Sam King

People And Space Runner-Up: 'Above The Tower' By Sam King

Stars And Nebulae Runner-Up: ‘A Horsehead Curtain Call’ By Bob Franke

Stars And Nebulae Runner-Up: 'A Horsehead Curtain Call' By Bob Franke

Skyscapes: ‘Worimi’ By Jay Evans

Skyscapes: 'Worimi' By Jay Evans

Stars And Nebulae Winner: ‘Statue Of Liberty Nebula’ By Ignacio Diaz Bobillo

Stars And Nebulae Winner: 'Statue Of Liberty Nebula' By Ignacio Diaz Bobillo

Our Sun Highly Commended: ‘The Sun – Atmospheric Detail’ By Jason Guenzel

Our Sun Highly Commended: 'The Sun - Atmospheric Detail' By Jason Guenzel

Skyscapes Runner-Up: ‘Galactic Lighthouse’ By Ruslan Merzlyakov

Skyscapes Runner-Up: 'Galactic Lighthouse' By Ruslan Merzlyakov

Stars And Nebulae Highly Commended: ‘The Elegant Elephant’s Trunk’ By Lluís Romero Ventura

Stars And Nebulae Highly Commended: 'The Elegant Elephant's Trunk' By Lluís Romero Ventura

The Sir Patrick Moore Prize For Best Newcomer Joint: ‘The Perseid Fireball 2018’ By Zhengye Tang

The Sir Patrick Moore Prize For Best Newcomer Joint: 'The Perseid Fireball 2018' By Zhengye Tang

Stars And Nebulae: ‘Fiery Lobster Nebula’ By Suavi Lipinski

Stars And Nebulae: 'Fiery Lobster Nebula' By Suavi Lipinski

Stars And Nebulae: ‘The Running Man Nebula’ By Steven Mohr

Stars And Nebulae: 'The Running Man Nebula' By Steven Mohr

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Galaxies Runner-Up: ‘Hydrogen Sculptures In The Large Magellanic Cloud’ By Ignacio Diaz Bobillo

Galaxies Runner-Up: 'Hydrogen Sculptures In The Large Magellanic Cloud' By Ignacio Diaz Bobillo

Our Sun Runner-Up: ‘The Active Area Ar12714’ By Gabriel Corban

Our Sun Runner-Up: 'The Active Area Ar12714' By Gabriel Corban

Planets, Comets And Asteroids Highly Commended: ‘Black Saturn’ By Martin Lewis

Planets, Comets And Asteroids Highly Commended: 'Black Saturn' By Martin Lewis

The Sir Patrick Moore Prize For Best Newcomer Joint: ‘The Horsehead Nebula’ By Rob Mogford

The Sir Patrick Moore Prize For Best Newcomer Joint: 'The Horsehead Nebula' By Rob Mogford

Our Moon: ‘Hubble Space Telescope Transits Across The Moon Between Lunar X And Lunar V’ By Michael Marston

Our Moon: 'Hubble Space Telescope Transits Across The Moon Between Lunar X And Lunar V' By Michael Marston

Stars And Nebulae: ‘Ngc 2070 – The Tarantula Nebula’ By Thomas Klemmer

Stars And Nebulae: 'Ngc 2070 - The Tarantula Nebula' By Thomas Klemmer

Aurorae Winner: ‘The Watcher’ By Nicolai Brügger

Aurorae Winner: 'The Watcher' By Nicolai Brügger

Skyscapes: ‘Mars Above The Keck Lasers’ By Sean Goebel

Skyscapes: 'Mars Above The Keck Lasers' By Sean Goebel