The winning image for the Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 competition.
This is the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition category for under-16s.
Winner: Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014
The winning shot for the Young Astronomy Photographer category in 2014 was ‘The Horsehead Nebula (IC 434)’ by brothers Shishir and Shashank Dholakia (USA), taken using their father’s Astro-Tech 111mm f/7 triplet refractor, Orion Atlas EQ-G mount and SBIG ST-8300M camera during their first trip to remote Lake San Antonio.
This is a superb image of the Horsehead Nebula. It clearly shows the well-known red glow that appears to come from behind the horsehead. This is produced by hydrogen gas that has been ionized by neighbouring stars. The image draws particular attention to the cloud of heavily concentrated dust within the horse’s head, silhouetted against the red glow.
We visited Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year winners Shishir and Shashank on location to understand the story behind their pictures:
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.