Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2012
See the amazing shortlisted images here...
The Astronomy Photographer of the year 2012 competition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the winners and finalists. See the amazing images from all those shortlisted in the gallery above.
Australian photographer Martin Pugh has been announced the overall winner for his entry ‘M51- The Whirlpool Galaxy’, depicting the gravitational pull of galaxy M51 tearing apart a smaller companion galaxy. This is the second time Martin has won the overall prize as he also took the honours in the 2009 competition.
Other striking images shortlisted document the transit of Venus, the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter as well as breath-taking images of the Northern Lights.
The ‘Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year’ prize was won by Jacob Von Chorus for his image of the Pleiades cluster of stars.
Astronomy Photographer of the Year is now in its fourth year and is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich and Sky at Night Magazine.
The best of these exceptional photographs – winners, runners-up or highly commended in the competition’s different categories and special prizes – are being showcased in a free exhibition in the Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Centre which is open to the public from 20 September 2012 until February 2013.
For visiting information as well as details on entering next year’s competition visit www.rmg.co.uk/astrophoto