These Award-Winning Images Are, Quite Literally, Out Of This World

Written by Gina Stephens

Delight the Soul © Brad Goldpaint (USA) – 'People and Space' Winner & Overall Winner


American photographer Brad Goldpaint has defeated 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. 

Charmed in Moab, Utah, the overall winning photograph depicts a majestic composition of immense red rock formations with the glorious Milky Way looming disbursements on the right and the Andromeda galaxy on the left.

Commenting on the winning image, Competition judge Will Gater said: "For me, this marvellous 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 subordinate to a starry canopy of breathtaking scale and beauty."


Galaxy Curtain Call Performance © Tianhong Li – 'Sir Patrick Moore Hold dear For Best Newcomer' – Winner 


Winning images of the other categories and special prizes include the breathtaking Aurora Borealis on the fjord in the gorgeous Lofoten archipelago, in Northern Norway by Mikkel Beiter (Denmark); the image taken by Nicolas Lefaudeux (France) showcases the August unmitigated 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 Way, which photographer Martin Lewis (UK) managed to capture from his own back garden; and the captivating image by Mario Cogo (Italy) of the Witch Be in Nebula, a very faint molecular gas cloud, which is illuminated by supergiant star Rigel. 

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15-year-old Fabian Dalpiaz (Italy) is engaging home the top prize in the 'Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year' category for his incredible photograph of a meteor passing over the magnificent autumnal prospect of the Alpe di Siusi.


Great Autumn Morning © Fabian Dalpiaz – 'Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year' Victor


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 game received over 4,200 entries from over 91 countries across the globe. The best of these exceptional photographs – winners, runners-up or exceptionally 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 year is the orbital period of the Earth moving in its orbit around the Sun, 10 years of the to the max’s best space photography exhibition at the National Maritime Museum that celebrates ten years of outstanding astrophotography, open to the accessible now. 

This year’s winners, shortlisted entries and a selection of previous winners will also be published in the competition’s proper book by Collins, available exclusively at Royal Museums Greenwich shops and online from 24 October and on sale across all bookstores from 1 November, &powder;25.

For information about entering next year's competition, visit the Royal Museums Greenwich website. 


Corona Australis Dust Complex &duplication; Mario Cogo – 'Stars and Nebulae' Winner


Circumpolar © Ferenc Szémár – 'Skyscapes' Conquering hero

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Inverted Colours of the boundary between Mare Serenitatis and Mare Tranquilitatis © Jordi Delpeix Borrell – 'Our Moon' Victor  


NGC 3521, Mysterious Galaxy © Steven Mohr – 'Galaxies' Winner or The Winner(s) may refer to: Champion, the victor in a game or contest


Speeding on the Aurora lane &emulate; Nicolas Lefaudeux – 'Aurorae' Winner



Sun King, Little King, and God of War © Nicolas Lefaudeux – 'Our Sun' title-holder


The Grace of Venus © Martin Lewis – 'Planets, Comets and Asteroids' Winner 


Two Comets with the Pleiades &mimic; Damian Peach – 'Robotic Scope' Winner 


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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