Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017: winners announced

See the winning astrophotos from the 2017 Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.

The Rho Ophiuchi Clouds, by Artem Mironov (Russia)
 

Hakos Farm, Windhoek, Namibia, 6 August 2016
 

Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR camera, Sky-Watcher 200P reflector, Sky-Watcher HEQ5 Pro SynScan mount.

The Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition is the biggest astrophotography contest in the world, welcoming images of the space captured by astrophotographers from around the globe.

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Galaxies, nebulae, aurorae, nightscapes, stars, moons and planets; virtually every celestial phenomenon is included in the entry categories for this annual competition, organised by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in partnership with BBC Sky at Night Magazine.

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Judges for the 2017 competition included Rebecca Roth of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, along with photographer Ed Robinson, ESO’s Oana Sandu, The Sky at Night’s Pete Lawrence and Chris Lintott, comedian Jon Culshaw and BBC Sky at Night Magazine editor Chris Bramley.