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The best astronomical photos of 2019

We review the winning photos of the Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2019 that, each year, has thousands of participating images from professional and amateur photographers from most countries in the world. Specifically, 4,602 participants from 90 different countries around the world have participated.


The annual photo competition is organized by e l Royal Observatory Greenwich (UK) and this year, according to the jury, the quality of the participants has been spectacular.


Astrophotography is probably one of the most complicated and specialized types of photography to take, but if done right, the payoff is an amazing image of the cosmos. All astrophotographers have presented the universe in a new light and competed for the coveted award for best photography.


In 2019, László Francsics has been the overall winner in the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 competition of the Royal Greenwich Observatory, for its composition that shows the 35 phases of the total lunar eclipse that took place on January 21, 2019 . The fact of having chosen this photo has a double intention, as it is very appropriate for the year in which we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the arrival of man on the Moon.


The judges were captivated by the image. “ To me this magnificent image is emblematic of all that it means to be an astrophotographer; the balance between light and dark, the contrasting textures and tones of earth and sky and the photographer alone under a starry canopy of breathtaking scale and beauty. “said the contest judge, Will Gater.


Other winners include a panorama of the Northern Lights over the Lofoten Islands in Norway by Nicolai Brügger, an atmospheric image of photographer Ben Bush with his dog Floyd surrounded by the galactic core of the Milky Way, and a sequence of images of Mars by Andy Casely. .


The exhibition with the winners is open from September 14 in London, specifically at the National Maritime Museum.


The main categories into which the contest is divided are:

  • Sky views

  • Auroras

  • People and space

  • Our sun

  • Our moon

  • Planets, comets and asteroids

  • Stars and nebulae

  • Galaxies

  • Young Astrophotographer of the Year (for under 16s).


The overall winner has received a prize of £ 10,000 (approximately 11,142 euros), while the winners of the rest of the categories and Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year £ 1,500 (about 1,670 euros).


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