The highly commended images for the Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 competition.

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

Highly commended: Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013

There were three highly commended Young Astronomy Photographer images.

‘The Windows District’ by 15-year-old Eric Dewar (Canada) was taken at midnight in Arches National Park in Utah, USA. By keeping the camera shutter open, this young photographer gathered precious light, making the desert scenery seem as bright as day.

Also highly commended was ‘The Great Nebula’ by Samuel Copley (UK), also 15, showing the delicate structure and diffuse nature of this widely observed nebula.

‘The Waxing Crescent Moon’ by 14-year-old Jacob Marchio (USA), meanwhile, was taken just a few days after a new Moon, with only a slim crescent of its sunlit side visible from Earth.

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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