If you’re fascinated by majestic celestial bodies and the vastness of the universe, you ought to know about the annual Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest. Run by Royal Observatory Greenwich each year, the competition is the place to view the artistry found in our sky. Thousands of photographs were submitted across all 11 categories and the now 2020 shortlist has finally been revealed.
Each of the photographs you’re about to see is unique, which showcases the diversity of astrophotography. From vibrant photos of the Northern lights to incredible snaps of the sun. “Astrophotography bridges the gap between art and science, highlighting the natural beauty of our Universe. The goal of the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition is to use these powerful photographs of space to engage the public with the big questions science is trying to answer, from the inner workings of a galaxy to how our Solar System came to be,” said the judge and astronomer Dr. Emily Drabek-Maunder.
The winners of the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest will be announced on September 10, 2020. Here are the highlights of the shortlist.
1. “Statue of Liberty Nebula” by Martin Pugh (Australia)
For more information check out the competition’s website.
2. “Kynance Cove under the Milky Way” by Louise Jones (UK)
3. “Solar System Through my Telescope” by Vinicius Martins (Brazil)
4. “The Red Lake of Stars” by Bryony Richards (USA)
5. “M33: The Triangulum Galaxy” by Rui Liao (China)