2021 Astronomy Photographer of the Year Winners



The breathtaking Northern Lights and Venus soaring above the rocky horizon of the Moon are just a few of the incredible subjects featured in this year’s “Astronomy Photographer of the Year” winning images. year.


© Shuchang Dong – ‘Astronomy Photographer of the Year 13’

Photographer Shuchang Dong with his stunning image of the annular solar eclipse, “The Golden Ring”, is the big winner and wins the title of “Astronomical Photographer of the Year 13” from the Royal Observatory of Greenwich.

The photograph represents the annular solar eclipse that occurred on June 21, 2020 in a powerful and atmospheric composition that mesmerized the judges.

Dance of the polar aurora © Dmitrii Rybalka

© Dmitrii Rybalka

Winning images from other categories and special prizes include the fascinating Aurora dance taken from the deck of a ship by Third Officer Dmitrii Rybalka (Russia), who was on watch that night; Venus rising above the rocky horizon of the Moon by Nicolas Lefaudeux (France); a poignant star trail image taken during the lockdown by Deepal Ratnayaka (UK) that captured the restrictive but hopeful essence of the year 2020; and the exceptional image of the Space X Falcon 9 rocket passing the Moon by Paul Eckhardt (USA).

© Deepal Ratnayaka

Zhipu Wang (China), 15, wins first prize in the Young Competition category for his astonishing composition of the Sun, the Moon and the planets of the solar system.

Sun, moon and planets of the solar system

© Zhipu Wang

Astronomical Photographer of the Year is organized by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with BBC Sky at Night magazine. Now in its thirteenth year, the competition has received more than 4,500 entries from 75 countries. The best of these exceptional photographs are presented in the exhibition Astronomical Photographer of the Year 13 at National Maritime Museum.

You can see last year’s winning images here: Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020 winners

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