Dazzling constellations and magical night skies – see the best Milky Way photos

2022 Milky Way Photographer of the Year
(Image credit: Evan McKay - 2022 Milky Way Photographer of the Year)

Every year, Capture the Altas – a photography, travel and adventure blog – shares the best photos of the Milky Way taken in the last 12 months. While astrophotography used to be an incredibly complex genre of photography, thanks to advances in camera technology it’s now easier than you might think to capture star-studded pictures of the night sky.

Of course, that doesn't make it any less magical – and if you own one of the best DSLRs or best mirrorless cameras and best tripods, you already have everything you need to start shooting the Milky Way. Some of the best cameras for astrophotography are specifically designed to shoot celestial events, but they are not essential to take a detailed picture of deep space.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.