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Man on the Moon | © Dani Caxete / National Maritime Museum
Man on the Moon | © Dani Caxete / National Maritime Museum
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Winners Of The Insight Astronomy Photographer Of The Year Awards 2016

Picture of Hannah Robathan
Updated: 18 September 2016
The doors of the Astronomy Centre at the Royal Observatory Greenwich will open tomorrow to unveil the winning pictures from the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year Awards. Run in association with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night Magazine, the awards are now in their eighth and, according to Chris Bramley, most impressive year. Editor at BBC Sky at Night and judge on the panel for the competition, Bramley stated that ‘the entrants’ technical abilities and creative eye have never been sharper’. He also stressed the importance of the exhibition, as the skilfully captured astrophotographs recognise ‘the quiet, majestic beauty of the night sky above a world that’s increasingly frenetic and light-polluted’.

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.

Baily's Beads | Yu Jun

Baily’s Beads | © Yu Jun

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.

Large Magellanic Cloud | Carlos Faribairn / National Maritime Museum

Large Magellanic Cloud |© Carlos Fairbairn / National Maritime Museum


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.

Man on the Moon | Dani Caxete / National Maritime Museum

Man on the Moon | © Dani Caxete / National Maritime Museum


Winner of the ‘Aurorae’ Category:

 Hungarian photographer György Soponyai captured this mesmerising shot in the evening of the total solar eclipse in Spitsbergen.

Twilight Aurora | György Soponyai / Royal Maritime Museum

Twilight Aurora | © György Soponyai / Royal Maritime Museum


Winner of the ‘Robotic Scope’ Category:

 Robert Smith from the UK created this composite of two images which compares two planetary nebulae.

Iridis | Robert Smith

Iridis | © Robert Smith / Royal Maritime Museum


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.   

Starlight and Silhouettes | © Tom O'Donoghue / National Maritime Museum

Starlight and Silhouettes | Tom O’Donoghue / National Maritime Museum


The exhibition will be on show from 17 September 2016 until 28 June 2017. For more information visit