Astrophotography Awards 2021: The most atmospheric images from our galaxy

Photographer Shuchang Dong (China) has been announced as the big winner of the Greenwich Royal Observatory’s “Astronomy Photographer of the Year 13” title with his stunning image of the annular solar eclipse, “The Golden Ring”.

The beauty of the simplicity and the technical perfection of Dong’s image enchanted the judges. The photo depicts the annular solar eclipse that occurred on June 21, 2020 in a strong and atmospheric composition. The judge of the competition, László Francsics, said: “The photo is the best of all the other photos taken: Perfection and simplicity… lead to a winning image. A real masterpiece “.

Winning images from other categories and special prizes include the enchanting dance of the Selas taken from the deck of a ship by Officer Dmitrii Rybalka (Russia), Aphrodite rising above the rocky horizon of the Moon by Nicolas Lefaudeux (France) , a shocking image of the star trajectory taken during the lockdown by Deepal Ratnayaka (UK) and the stunning image of the Space X Falcon 9 rocket passing through the Moon by Paul Eckhardt (USA).

15-year-old Zhipu Wang (China) wins the first prize in the Young Competition category for the amazing composition of the Sun, Moon and planets of the solar system. BBC Sky at Night artistic editor Steve Marsh, who is also the competition judge, said of this year’s competition: “The incredibly talented global astronomy community has once again shown us exactly what it can do. From amazing new approaches to our solar system to new views of our galaxy and the wider Universe and painful concerns about our place in the universe. Here are some of the winning photos.

Shuchang Dong
Moon Dunes – © Jeffrey Lovelace (ΗΠΑ)
Zhong Wu/Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Terry Hancock/Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Nicolas Lefaudeux/Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Dmitrii Rybalka/Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Paul Eckhardt/Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Deepal Ratnayaka/Astronomy Photographer of the Year


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