Royal Observatory Greenwich's Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer Of The Year - 2018 Winners Announced

American photographer Brad Goldpaint has beaten thousands of amateur and professional photographers from around the globe to win the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s title of Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018. As well as securing the £10,000 top prize, his image takes pride of place in the exhibition of winning photographs opening at the National Maritime Museum on 24 October 2018. 

The judges were captivated by Goldpaint’s awe-inspiring image. Taken in Moab, Utah, the photograph depicts a majestic composition of immense red rock formations with the glorious Milky Way looming overhead on the right, and the Andromeda galaxy on the left. Competition judge Will Gater said: “For me this superb image is emblematic of everything it means to be an astrophotographer; the balance between light and dark, the contrasting textures and tones of land and sky and the photographer alone under a starry canopy of breathtaking scale and beauty.”


Winning images of the other categories and special prizes include the breathtaking Aurora Borealis above the fjord in the gorgeous Lofoten archipelago, in Northern Norway by Mikkel Beiter (Denmark); the image taken by Nicolas Lefaudeux (France) showcases the August total solar eclipse surrounded by the blue star Regulus – the little King – and the red planet Mars; a remarkable parade of the planets in our Solar System, which photographer Martin Lewis (UK) managed to capture from his own back garden; and the captivating image by Mario Cogo (Italy) of the Witch Head Nebula, a very faint molecular gas cloud, which is illuminated by supergiant star Rigel. After a phenomenal increase in entries from our aspiring young astrophotographers in the Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year category, 15-year-old Fabian Dalpiaz (Italy) is taking home the top prize for his incredible photograph of a meteor passing over the magnificent autumnal landscape of the Alpe di Siusi.


BBC Sky at Night Magazine’s Editor, who is also a judge for the competition, Chris Bramley said of this year’s contest: “Whether it was a newcomer with an awe-inspiring nightscape of the Milky Way or an experienced astro imager with an epic photo of glowing cosmic dust, the field of images had such a high standard that the winners are truly superlative examples of the art and science of astrophotography.”


Dr Melanie Vandenbrouck, Curator of Art at Royal Museums Greenwich and judge for the competition, said: “With a competition that keeps on flourishing over the years, the growing community of amateur astrophotographers have time after time surprised us with technically accomplished, playfully imaginative and astoundingly beautiful images that sit at the intersection of art and science. This year did not disappoint. To pick just 31 winners from the 134 shortlisted images was fiendishly difficult! Their mesmerising, often astonishing photographs, show us the exquisite complexity of space, and movingly convey our place in the universe. And to see our young winners compete with seasoned photographers in their skill, imagination, and aesthetic sense, remains the greatest reward of all.”


Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night Magazine. Now in its tenth year, the competition received over 4,200 entries from over 91 countries across the globe. The best of these exceptional photographs – winners, runners-up or highly commended – are showcased alongside a remarkable selection of 69 of the best photographs from previous years, in the major special exhibition Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year, 10 years of the world’s best space photography exhibition at the National Maritime Museum that celebrates ten years of outstanding astrophotography, opening to the public from 24 October 2018.


This year’s winners, shortlisted entries and a selection of previous winners will also be published in the competition’s official book by Collins, available exclusively at Royal Museums Greenwich shops and online from 24 October and on sale across all bookstores from 1 November, £25. For information about entering next year’s competition visit


Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year, 10 years of the world’s best space photography exhibition information for visitors:


Venue:                        National Maritime Museum

Dates:                         24 October 2018 – 5 May 2019

Opening times:           every day, 10.00 – 17.00 (closed 24-26 December)

Visitor enquiries:        020 8858 4422

Admission:                  £10.00 Adult | £6.65 Concession | £6.50 Child


Twitter:                       @RMGreenwich #astrophoto2018

Instagram:                  @royalmuseumsgreenwich #astrophoto2018

Facebook:                   @royalmuseumsgreenwich


Notes to editors:


  1. Full details of 2018’s winners:



People and Space

  • Brad Goldpaint (USA) with Transport the Soul (Winner and Overall Winner)
  • Andrew Whyte (UK) with Living Space (Runner Up)
  • Mark McNeill (UK) with Me versus the Galaxy (Highly Commended)



  • Nicolas Lefaudeux (France) with Speeding on the Aurora lane (Winner)
  • Matthew James Turner (UK) with Castlerigg Stone Circle (Runner Up)
  • Mikkel Beiter (Denmark) with Aurorascape (Highly Commended)



  • Steven Mohr (Australia) with NGC 3521, Mysterious Galaxy (Winner)
  • Raul Villaverde Fraile (Spain) with From Mirach (Runner Up)
  • César Blanco (Spain) with Fireworks Galaxy NGC 6939 – SN 2017 EAW (Highly Commended)


Our Moon

  • Jordi Delpeix Borrell (Spain) with Inverted Colours of the boundary between Mare Serenitatis and Mare Tranquilitatis (Winner)
  • Peter Ward (Australia) with Earth Shine (Runner Up)
  • László Francsics (Hungary)  with From the Dark Side (Highly Commended)


Our Sun

  • Nicolas Lefaudeux (France) with Sun King, Little King, and God of War (Winner)
  • Stuart Green (UK) with Coloured Eruptive Prominence (Runner Up)
  • Haiyang Zong (China) with AR2673 (Highly Commended)


Planets, Comets and Asteroids

  • Martin Lewis (UK) with The Grace of Venus (Winner)
  • Martin Lewis (UK) with Parade of the Planets (Runner Up)
  • Gerald Rhemann (Austria) with Comet C/2016 R2 Panstarrs the blue carbon monoxide comet (Highly Commended)



  • Ferenc Szémár (Hungary) with Circumpolar (Winner)
  • Chuanjin Su (China) with Eclipsed Moon Trail (Runner Up)
  • Ruslan Merzlyakov (Latvia) with Midnight Glow over Limfjord (Highly Commended)


Stars and Nebulae

  • Mario Cogo (Italy) with Corona Australis Dust Complex (Winner)
  • Mario Cogo (Italy) with Rigel and the Witch Head Nebula (Runner Up)
  • Rolf Wahl Olsen (Denmark) with Thackeray's Globules in Narrowband Colour (Highly Commended)


Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year

  • Fabian Dalpiaz (Italy –  aged 15) with Great Autumn Morning (Winner)
  • Logan Nicholson (Australia –  aged 13) with The Eta Carinae Nebula (Runner Up)
  • Thea Hutchinson (UK –  aged 11) with Inverted Sun (Highly Commended)
  • Casper Kentish (UK –  aged 8) with First Impressions (Highly Commended)
  • Davy van der Hoeven (Netherlands – aged 10) with A Valley on the Moon… (Highly Commended)


Special Prize: The Sir Patrick Moore prize for Best Newcomer

  • Tianhong Li (China) with Galaxy Curtain Call Performance (Winner)


Special Prize: Robotic Scope

  • Damian Peach (UK) with Two Comets with the Pleiades (Winner)



2. The winners of Royal Observatory’s Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018 will be announced at an award ceremony in the National Maritime Museum on 23 October 2018. The winning photographs will be exhibited in the National Maritime Museum from 24 October 2018. The exhibition will also include images of previous winners. General admission will be £10.


3. The overall winner will receive £10,000. Winners of all other categories and the Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year will receive £1,500. There are also prizes for runners-up (£500) and highly commended (£250) entries. The Special Prize winners will receive £750. All of the winning entries will receive a one year subscription to BBC Sky at Night Magazine


4. The Royal Observatory Greenwich is home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian and one of the most important historic scientific sites in the world. Since its founding in 1675, Greenwich has been at the centre of the measurement of time and space, and visitors today can still stand on the historic Prime Meridian line. The Observatory galleries and Peter Harrison Planetarium help unravel the extraordinary phenomena of time, space and astronomy. In 2018 the Royal Observatory acquired the Annie Maunder Astrographic Telescope (AMAT), the first new telescope to be installed in Greenwich in over 60 years, marking a new era for the world-famous site and restoring its status as a working Observatory.


The Royal Observatory Greenwich is part of Royal Museums Greenwich which also incorporates the National Maritime Museum, the Queen’s House and Cutty Sark. This unique collection of museums and heritage buildings, which form a key part of the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site, welcomes over two and a half million British and international visitors a year and is also a major centre of education and research. The mission of Royal Museums Greenwich is to enrich people’s understanding of the sea, the exploration of space, and Britain's role in world history. For more information visit


5. About Insight Investment

Insight Investment is a leading global investment manager, founded in 2002 and headquartered in London. Insight primarily manages money for pension schemes by providing liability-driven investment strategies and investing in fixed income and currency, multi-asset and farmland.


6. About BBC Sky at Night Magazine

BBC Sky at Night Magazine is Britain's best-selling astronomy magazine, with a circulation of 20,700 copies a month. has 42,000 unique users a month and reaches more than 40,000 social media followers through Facebook and Twitter. The magazine is available on Apple Newsstand, Google Play and Zinio as well as in print, and is media partner of the annual Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich. With writing from the world’s leading astronomers and science communicators, BBC Sky at Night Magazine complements one of the world's longest running TV programmes, BBC Four’s The Sky at Night, and is published by Immediate Media Co under licence from BBC Worldwide.


7. The Royal Observatory Greenwich, in partnership with Collins, will be publishing Astronomy Photographer of the Year, Collection 7 on 24 October 2018. It is the official publication for the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition and will showcase over 140 breathtaking images of space and the night sky, including all 2018 winning and shortlisted images plus a selection of previous winners. Photographs will be accompanied by full details including each photographer’s information, location where photographs were taken, technical specifications and judges’ comments.

Last year’s prize winning images are still available to buy: Astronomy Photographer of the Year, Collection 6 / RRP £25.00 / Hardback / Published 2 November 2017 / Royal Museums Greenwich online shop

For further information or to request review copies please contact: Rachel Quin / / DL: 0208 307 4085




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