Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013

Welcome to the fifth year of the Royal Observatory’s competition to find the best photographs of stars, planets, galaxies and other celestial highlights. Each year the competition continues to grow and in 2013 over 1200 entries were submitted from photographers all over the world.

With the help of our friends at Sky at Night Magazine and the photo-sharing website, Flickr, we asked you to submit photographs in the categories of ‘Earth and Space’, ‘Our Solar System’, ‘Deep Space’ and ‘Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year’.

Three special prizes are also awarded. Two are for ‘People and Space’ and ‘Robotic Scope’. The third is last year’s ‘Best Newcomer’ prize, now renamed the ‘Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer’ in honour of this well-known broadcaster, lunar observer and former judge of the competition, who died aged 89 in December 2012.

Earth and Space

Guiding Light to the Stars by Mark Gee (Australia)

Category winner: Guiding Light to the Stars by Mark Gee (Australia)

Our Solar System

 Australian Totality by Man-To Hui (China)

Category winner: Corona Composite of 2012: Australian Totality by Man-To Hui (China)

People and Space

Moon Silhouettes by Mark Gee (Australia)

Category winner: Moon Silhouettes by Mark Gee (Australia)

Robotic scope

The Trapezium Cluster and Surrounding Nebulae by László Francsics (Hungary) 

Winner: The Trapezium Cluster and Surrounding Nebulae by László Francsics (Hungary)

Deep Space

 sh2–239 by Adam Block (USA)

Category winner: Celestial Impasto: sh2–239 by Adam Block (USA)

Young astrophotographers

The Milky Way Galaxy by Jacob Marchio (USA)

Category winner: The Milky Way Galaxy by Jacob Marchio (USA)

Best newcomer

Venus Transit, Foxhunter’s Grave, Welsh Highlands by Sam Cornwell (UK)

Winner: Venus Transit, Foxhunter’s Grave, Welsh Highlands by Sam Cornwell (UK)