Winner of the prestigious title this year is Chinese photographer Yu Jun, whose remarkable picture demonstrates the phenomenon of Baily’s Beads, the total solar eclipse of March 9, 2016. We showcase his, and other captivating photos featured in the exhibition.
Overall winner and winner of the ‘Our Sun’ Category:
Jun took a series of photographs of the eclipse in Luwuk, Indonesia, then stacked them to show the dramatic progressive changes that are invisible to the naked eye.
Winner of the ‘Best Newcomer’ Category:
Brazilian entrant Carlos Fairbairn calls this ‘a Milky Way’s satellite’, a magnificent spectacle that can be seen without telescopic assistance.
Runner Up in the ‘Our Moon’ Category:
Having left his tripod at home, Dani Caxete from Spain had to improvise, balancing his camera on a fence to capture this spectacular silhouette of a friend, lit up by the moon over a mountain in Madrid.
Winner of the ‘Aurorae’ Category:
Hungarian photographer György Soponyai captured this mesmerising shot in the evening of the total solar eclipse in Spitsbergen.
Winner of the ‘Robotic Scope’ Category:
Robert Smith from the UK created this composite of two images which compares two planetary nebulae.
Highly Commended in the ‘Stars & Nebulae’ Category:
This image was the handiwork of Irish entrant Tom O’Donoghue, taken over 4 years in 36 panes.
The exhibition will be on show from 17 September 2016 until 28 June 2017. For more information visit www.rmg.co.uk/astrophoto