Astronomy Photographer of the Year

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© James Woodend
© O Chul Kwon
© Patrick Cullis
© Eugen Kamenew
© Stephane Vetter
© J.P. Metsavainio
© Leonardo Delgrado Ariza
© Bill Snyder
© Maciej Winiarczyk
© Julie Fletcher
© Chris Murphy
© Shishir and Shashank Dholakia
© George Tarsoudis
© Bob Franke
© Ainsley Bennett
© Rune Johan Engeboe
© Martina Gardiner
© Alexandra Hart
© Rakibul Syed
© Rune Johan Engeboe
© Abhinav Singhai
© Bill Hinge
© Leonardo Delgrado Ariza
© Martina Gardiner

Among the awe-inspiring shortlisted entries for this year’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year are pics of psychedelic auroras, spine-tingling meteor showers and the centre of the Heart Nebula. The last example is a star-clustered region of glowing gas in the Cassiopeia constellation – in case you didn’t already know. Once again entry to the Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition is free and you can expect to see remarkable photos from a record number of submissions, showcasing remarkable feats of astrophotography for a sixth year. It’s a chance to see magical views of both our own night sky and of galaxies far, far away. The winning spacey visions come from dozens of professional and amateur snappers in four categories: ‘Earth and Space’, ‘Our Solar System’, ‘Deep Space’ and ‘Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year’ for under-16s.

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Loved this - incredible photos by amateur astronomers. Makes you feel that with a little bit of knowledge around a camera and some determination, you too could take some very cool photos of the night sky. The short video clips of some of the photographers and their stories were interesting. Mostly, it makes you go 'Wow', and then it kind of makes you go 'Ow' - brain hurts through trying to comprehend the magnitude and complexity (which Ben the best brains haven't mastered yet so no need to feel bad!) of the subject. Some of these 'stars' that the photos are of are 200,000 light years away. Ie, they might not actually exist now. Are we in danger of making ourselves extinct through not protecting our planet before we get to realise long-long-distance space travel and whether there truly is other life? might we just be a possibility of past life discovered by another stellar civilisation ... or never discovered at all? Simple, stunning photography leads you to mind-blowing philosophical discussions ... ow. Or, they're just really cool photographs that you get to see for free.

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Well worth the long trek to Greenwich, some truly amazing photographs. Yes a larger venue and bigger format displays would make it even better, but hey, nothing's perfect, and it's FREE! A good healthy walk up the hill to the amazing Observatory, and try to time it so you can have lunch at the Gagarin Terrace Cafe afterwards - delicious and fresh, good quality, reasonably-priced food. Many other things to see in the vicinity as well (Cutty Sark, Queen's House Art Gallery, Maritime Musuem) and there are also several other free exhibitions at the Observatory. Christopher Wren fans will be swooning as he designed half the neighbourhood in this precinct. Great place to take kids, lots of space for them to tear about. Try to go on a weekday if crowds bother you.

Andrew B
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Not really worth it, tiny photos in a cramped room. If you're passing by, it's worth a look but don't go out of your way to go see just this.

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The display of the stunning images was small, and dated, if you want to see the excellent photography buy the book, whilst the observatory is a fabulous location to visit, don't expect more than a child's science museum display of what are incredible images.

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Fantastic event celebrating the unique skills that the amatuer astrophotographer can demonstrate and highlights how simple & easy amatuer astronomy really is, especially in the modern era. It really was well worth the effort in coming to Greeenwich for the afternoon to celebrate such an event and see the results of who won and who got highly recommended by the judges.

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great exhibition. very interesting and the fact that amateurs of all ages take the best photos is so inspiring. the best one for me was the NGC 253 galaxy. sure the photos are small, it is free after all! the thing that annoyed me the most is the explanation of each photo is written in white over a black background which strains the eyes (at least mine) so your eyes can't cope and you start seeing letter within the photos! the only way around it is either for the museum to change the display to black over white, or you need to take breaks so you don't ruin your eyes. overall a very good place to visit.

Karen Matthewman
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Yes a beautiful walk and Greenwich is a great place to spend a Sunday. The exhibition was a great disappointment though. Such amazing pictures crammed into a tiny room on screens not much larger than a tablet. I would have loved to see them in a proper exhibition with the space appropriate to the talent of these photographers. Shame. Guess you get what you pay for.

Neil D

The images are well presented in a fairly small, appropriately dark room and the text that accompanies them is very well done.  Don't be put off visiting this by some of the comments here.  If you are in London and particularly if you are in the Greenwich/Blackheath area it is worth it to see the stunning images as well as enjoying the many other things on offer in Greenwich park.


This was a disappointment - some good pictures but they were much too small and displayed in a cramped area, did not reflect the enormity of the subject or do the photographer's work justice.