APOTY competition unveils the best astro photography from People's Choice award

See the incredible astro photography shot that won People's Choice at the APOTY
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After over 22,000 votes were cast, the People's Choice Award 2019 from the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition has been revealed – and it's absolutely stunning. The astro photography photo that won the hearts and eyes of thousands of people came from Miguel Claro and consists of 120 separate images.

'The Titanium Moon' is a high-resolution mosaic composed of four panels, each one made from 30 images, combined together to reveal a sharp and detailed surface. The color was also slightly boosted to show differences in the chemical constitution of the lunar surface and changes in mineral content that produce subtle color variations in reflected light.

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Miguel Claro's image was chosen by the public after the National Maritime Museum selected 25 photos to be part of the People's Choice Awards. These images were judged both online and in the exhibition gallery between 12 September 2019 and 23 February 2020. Second place was awarded to Marcin Zajac for 'Ageless' and third place went to Masoud Ghadiri for 'Sharafkhane Port and Lake Urmia'.

'The Titanium Moon' by Miguel Claro won The People's Choice award from Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year (Image credit: Miguel Claro)

If you're interested in throwing your hat into the ring for the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020 competition, you've only got less than two weeks to enter your astro photography. The competition is open to photographers of all skill levels, from beginner to professional, but will close at 12PM on 6 March 2020. 

The overall winner will take home a top prize of £10,000 and see their image take pride of place in the accompanying exhibition, which will open at the National Maritime Museum on 11 September 2020. 

Check out the other commended images from the 2019 People's Choice Award below and buy tickets for the exhibition at the National Maritime Museum here. If you're interested in entering the 2020 competition, check out the entry page here.

'Ageless' by Marcin Zajac won second place (Image credit: Marcin Zajac)

'Sharafkhane Port and Lake Urmia' won third place (Image credit: Masoud Ghadiri)

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(Image credit: Ruslan Merzlyakov)

(Image credit: Bernard Miller, Martin Pugh)

(Image credit: Kevin Palmer)

(Image credit: Alexander Stepanenko)

(Image credit: Nicolai Brügger)

(Image credit: Jason Guenzel)

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With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine and  Digital Photographer. Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.