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Competition winner – Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2010
Congratulations to Tom Lowe who wins the title Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2010 with this spectacular image of ancient trees silhouetted against the bright star clouds of the Milky Way. Competition judge Marek Kukula says: ‘I think this beautiful picture perfectly captures the spirit of Astronomy Photographer of the Year, linking the awe-inspiring vista of the night sky with life here on Earth. The bristlecone pines in the foreground can live as long as five thousand years. But they are babies compared to the starlight shining behind them, some of which began its journey towards us almost 30,000 years ago.
Category winners 2010
Overall winner as well as category winner, Blazing Bristlecone by Tom Lowe won the Earth and Space section.
Siberian Totality by Anthony Ayiomamitis was judged the best photo of a Solar System subject.
Rogelio Bernal Andreo's Orion Deep Wide Field won the category for subjects beyond our Solar System.
Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2010
People and Space 2010
People and Space is a new category for this year, for photos that include people in a creative and original way. The winning photograph is Photon Worshippers by Steven Christenson.