The phenomenon known as Aurora borealis or the Northern Lights is an incredible sight for anyone’s eyes. For photographers, however, there is the added opportunity of a once in a lifetime shot. For the third year now, editor and astrophotographer Dan Zafra of the website Capture the Atlas has curated the best 25 images of the enchanting lights from around the world. The images below are the ones shortlisted to be the winner of Northern Lights Photographer of the Year, so you can be sure each one is truly remarkable.
Such images require great skill and dedication, often shooting at night in freezing weather, and for many photographers, the quest of getting the perfect shot can take years. The results of that hard work, as you can see below, are magical. To see more you can visit Capture the Atlas.
Image Source: Roksolyana Hilevych
Image Source: Timestorm Films
Image Source: Agnieszka Mrowka
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Image Source: Risto Leskinen