The highly commended images for the Earth and Space category of the 2010 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.
The Earth and Space category is for photos that include landscape, people or other ‘Earthly' things, together with an astronomical subject. Aurora, such as the aurora borealis (northern lights) are popular phenomenon within this category; see How to photograph aurora [HYPERLINK] to try your hand at capturing these awe-inspiring light shows.
Highly commended for the APY 2010 Earth and Space category
Three photos were highly commended by the judges for the Earth and Space category:
‘Surrounded by Space’ by Fredrik Broms (Sweden) shows the Northern Lights ﬂickering above the bare branches of a winter forest in Kvaløya, Norway. Framed by the treetops, bright stars form the familiar 'W'-shape of the constellation Cassiopeia.
Larry Andreasen’s (USA) ‘Primal Wonder’ shows our galaxy, the Milky Way, looking like a controlled fire in a North American forest. Looking along the disc, at the ‘smoke’, we see hundreds of billions of stars and clouds of dust and gas which are spread throughout the Galaxy.
‘Solstice Full Moon over Sounion’ by Anthony Ayiomamitis (Greece), shows the full moon rising behind the columns of the ruined temple of Poseidon on Cape Sounion, south of Athens, at the Summer Solstice.
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.