The winner of Astronomy Photographer of the Year People's Choice Award 2021 has been revealed! 

Photographer Marcin Zajac’s dazzling image Alien Throne has been voted the public's favourite photo from this year's exhibition.

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Rock spire in New Mexico sits underneath the Milky Way

Winner: Alien Throne by Marcin Zajac

An other-worldly rock spire (also known as a ‘hoodoo’) rises out of the badlands forming a perfect foreground to the Milky Way galaxy above.

“I am honoured to have my image named the winner," photographer Marcin Zajac says. "The quality of submissions was amazing and I am grateful that Alien Throne was so well received by astrophotography fans around the world.”

The photograph was taken in the Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness in the San Juan Basin in New Mexico, one of most remote areas of the United States that Marcin has ever visited.

"The nearest town is 50 miles away, and the rough and occasionally sandy road to get there stress-tested my car," he says. "However, I was rewarded with an opportunity to camp under a dark and beautiful sky, and the only sound breaking the silence at night were coyotes howling in the distance."

Composite image showing the different stages of a solar eclipse

Second place: The Annular Eclipse over Lahore by Roshaan Nadeem

Roshaan says, "What a memorable event – it was truly a once in a lifetime experience. This is how the solar eclipse looked over Lahore in the summer of 2020. This image shows the different stages of the annular eclipse that I recorded that day. All of these are single images taken with a handheld smartphone."

The path of the planet Mars and Uranus taken over several nights

Third place: Retrograde Mars And Uranus by Tunç Tezel

Tunç says, "2020 was a good year for observing Mars, with the red planet coming to a perihelic opposition on 13 October and the apparent magnitude being as bright as -2.6. While Mars was putting on a show in the constellation of Pisces, Uranus was also visible in the constellation of Aries performing a much slower retrograde motion of its own. I photographed the motions of both planets on 38 different nights."