2. November 2018
Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Insight Investment ASTRONOMY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR – 2018. A selection…
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.
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.
Images from Top to Bottom: OVERALL WINNER: Transport the Soul © Brad Goldpaint; BEST NEWCOMER: Galaxy Curtain Call Performance © Tianhong Li; WINNER GALAXIES: NGC 3521, Mysterious Galaxy © Steven Mohr; WINNER OUR SUN: Sun King, Little King, and God of War © Nicolas Lefaudeux; YOUNG ASTRONOMY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR: Great Autumn Morning © Fabian Dalpiaz (aged 15)
All winners and more information here