Winners of the Royal Observatory 2018 Astronomy Photograph Contest Revealed

Finally!

Rejoice, people, the Royal Observatory Greenwich has finally announced the winners of its annual Astronomy of the Year competition where American Photographer Brad Goldpaint came out on top, beating thousands of amateur and professional photographers around the world.

His photograph depicts a massive red rock formation and parts of the Milky Way Galaxy looming above on the right side, as well as the Andromeda Galaxy visible to the left.

The winner of the contest, Brad Goldpaint received a cash price worth $13,000.

Castlerigg Stone Circle. Image Credit: Mathew James Turner
Castlerigg Stone Circle. Image Credit: Mathew James Turner

Goldpaint’s image was taken in Moab Utah and depicts a stunning composition of immense red rock formation as well as the Milky Galaxy and the Andromeda Galaxy in the same picture.

Speaking about Goldpaint’s photograph, Will Gater, one of the judges said that “For me this superb image is emblematic of everything it means to be an astrophotographer; the balance between light and dark, the contrasting textures and tones of land and sky and the photographer alone under a starry canopy of breathtaking scale and beauty.”

Bud in addition to Goldpaint, other photographers were selected by the judges as runner-ups and winners within specific categories.

Here are more photographs that were submitted:

“First Impressions.” Image Credit: Casper Kentish (Aged 8)

“First Impressions.” Image Credit: Casper Kentish (Aged 8)

Rigel and the Witch Head Nebula. Image Credit: Mario Cogo
Rigel and the Witch Head Nebula. Image Credit: Mario Cogo
“Sun King, Little King, and God of War.” Image Credit: Nicolas Lefaudeux
“Sun King, Little King, and God of War.” Image Credit: Nicolas Lefaudeux
The boundary between Mare Serenitatis and Mare Tranquillitatis. Image Credit: Jordi Delpeix Borrell
The boundary between Mare Serenitatis and Mare Tranquillitatis. Image Credit: Jordi Delpeix Borrell
NGC 3521, Mysterious Galaxy. Image Credit: Steven Mohr.
NGC 3521, Mysterious Galaxy. Image Credit: Steven Mohr.
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