The winning images from the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 competition have been announced. The top astrophotos of IIAPY 2019 were revealed during a ceremony at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.


This year's overall winner is László Francsics, who entered the Our Moon category with a beautiful image showing 35 phases of the 21 January 2019 total lunar eclipse.

The phases were captured so close together, they create a continuous image that reveals Earth's shadow.

Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year is the world's biggest astrophotography competition and every year receives hundreds of images of the cosmos sent in by astronomers and photographers from across the globe.

View our gallery below to find see this year's winning images.

For more tips and guides to help you create your own astrophotos, visit our dedicated astrophotography web page.

About IIAPY 2019

For the 2019 competition, entrants could submit images in the following categories:

  • Our Moon
  • Aurorae
  • Galaxies
  • Our Sun
  • People & Space
  • Planets, Comets and Asteroids
  • Skyscapes
  • Stars and Nebulae
  • Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year
  • Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer
  • Robotic Scope

The overall winner this year takes home £10,000, with £1,500 being awarded to the winner of each category.

All the winners, runners up and highly commended images, plus a selection from the shortlist, are available to view in an exhibition at the National Maritime Museum from 13 September 2019 until 24 April 2020.


If you would like to enter next year's competition, visit the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year website for more information.


Iain Todd BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Iain ToddScience journalist

Iain Todd is BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Content Editor. He fell in love with the night sky when he caught his first glimpse of Orion, aged 10.