The highly commended images for the Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2012 competition.

This is the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition category for under-16s.

Highly commended: Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2012

There were three highly commended Young Astronomy Photographer images.

‘Heavenly Showers’ by 15-year-old Jathin Premjith (India) skillfully framed the streaming, swirling patterns of the Northern Lights, with treetops below and a starry sky above.

Also highly commended was ‘Lunar Mountains’ by 13-year-old Jacob Marchio (USA), which captured a beautifully sharp and artfully framed detail of the Moon.

Another 13-year-old, Thomas Sullivan (USA), was highly commended for his ‘Origins of Life on Earth’ shot, which showed a Californian landscape beneath the Milky Way.

Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition

The Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition is an annual global search for the most beautiful and spectacular visions of the cosmos by amateur and professional astrophotographers. The winning images are showcased in a stunning exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. 

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