Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2011

Marco Lorenzi - Shell Galaxies (NGC474 and NGC467)

With a record number of entries (over 700) this year, the annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition keeps going from strength to strength.

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This year’s winning images certainly don’t disappoint with subjects as diverse as Jupiter and two of its moons and the scattered remnants of a dead star.

Organised by the Royal Observatory, Greenwich – in association with Sky at Night Magazine – the competition has seen entries come from all over the world and from experts and beginners alike.

All the winning images below will be on display in a spectacular free exhibition at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich until February 2012.

Our Solar System

Overall winner and Our Solar System winner

WINNER - Damien Peach - Jupiter with lo and Ganymede - September 2010

Jupiter with Io and Ganymede – September 2010
Damian Peach, UK
Damian’s equipment: Celestron 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with a Point Grey Flea3 CCD camera.

Runner-up

RUNNER UP - Paul Haese - Dragon Storm

Dragon Storm
Paul Haese, Australia
Paul’s equipment: Celestron 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with a Point Grey Research Flea3 monochrome CCD camera.

Earth & Space

Winner

WINNER - Tunc Tezel - Galactic Paradise

Galactic Paradise
Tunç Tezel, Turkey
Tunç’s equipment: Hutech modified Canon EOS 5D DSLR camera with a 24mm lens.

Runner-up

RUNNER UP - Ole C_ Salomonsen - Divine Presence

Divine Presence
Ole C Salomonsen, Norway
Ole’s equipment:
Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR camera with a Nikon 14-24mm lens.

Deep Space

Winner

WINNER - Marco Lorenzi - Vela Supernova Remnant

The Vela Supernova Remnant
Marco Lorenzi, Italy
Marco’s equipment: Pentax 67 EDIF 300mm lens with a FLI Proline 16803 CCD camera.

Runner-up

RUNNER UP - Edward Henry -Leo Triplet

The Leo Triplet
Edward Henry, USA
Edward’s equipment: PTMB 130mm refractor and a 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with an SBIG STL-4020 CCD camera.

Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Winner

WINNER - Jathin Premjith - LUNAR ECLIPSE & OCCULTATION

Lunar Eclipse and Occultation
Jathin Premjith, India
Jathin’s equipment: Celestron CPC800 8-inch Schmidt Cassegrain telescope with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II DSLR camera.

Runner-up

RUNNER UP - Nicole Sullivan - Starry Night Sky - High res

Starry Night Sky
Nicole Sullivan, USA
Nicole’s equipment: Canon EOS 40D DSLR camera.

People & Space

WINNER - Jeffrey Sullivan - Stargazing

Winner

Stargazing
Jeffrey Sullivan, USA
Jeffrey’s equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
DSLR camera.

Best Newcomer

Winner

Harley Gardy - Zodiacal Light on the Farm

Zodiacal Light on the Farm
Harley Grady, USA
Harley’s equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mk II DSLR camera with a 16-35mm lens.

Robotic scope image of the year

Winner

Marco Lorenzi - Shell Galaxies (NGC474 and NGC467)
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Shell Galaxies (NGC474 and NGC467)
Marco Lorenzi, Italy
Marco’s equipment: RCOS 14.5-inch Ritchey-Chrétien telescope with an Apogee U16 CCD camera at LightBuckets.