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Astrophotography: The Perfect Blend of Art and Science

 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)

Amazing Shortlist for Astronomy Photo of the Year
For more information check out the competition's website.

2. “Kynance Cove under the Milky Way” by Louise Jones (UK)

Amazing Shortlist for Astronomy Photo of the Year

3. “Solar System Through my Telescope” by Vinicius Martins (Brazil)

Amazing Shortlist for Astronomy Photo of the Year

4. “The Red Lake of Stars” by Bryony Richards (USA)

Amazing Shortlist for Astronomy Photo of the Year

5. “M33: The Triangulum Galaxy” by Rui Liao (China)

Amazing Shortlist for Astronomy Photo of the Year

6. “Beautiful Persian Gulf Nights” by Mohammad Sadegh Hayati (Iran)

Amazing Shortlist for Astronomy Photo of the Year

7. "Stokksnes Aurora” by Ben Bush (UK)

Amazing Shortlist for Astronomy Photo of the Year

8. “M16” by Alexios Theodorov (Russia)

Amazing Shortlist for Astronomy Photo of the Year

9. “39% Crescent Moon” by Richard Addis (UK)

Amazing Shortlist for Astronomy Photo of the Year

10. “Northern Dragon’s Eye” by Elena Pakhalyuk (Ukraine)

Amazing Shortlist for Astronomy Photo of the Year

11. “The Bat Nebula” by Josep Drudis (USA)

Amazing Shortlist for Astronomy Photo of the Year

12. “The Moon and the Shard” by Mathew Browne (UK)

Amazing Shortlist for Astronomy Photo of the Year

13. “NGC 2442 in Volans” by Martin Pugh (Australia)

Amazing Shortlist for Astronomy Photo of the Year

14. “Total Solar Eclipse, Venus and the Red Giant Betelgeuse” by Sebastian Voltmer (Germany)

Amazing Shortlist for Astronomy Photo of the Year

15. “Stargazing Giant” by Dai Jianfeng (China)

Amazing Shortlist for Astronomy Photo of the Year
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