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.
While owning a decent camera will help, shooting a stunning picture of the night sky takes a creative eye, a spot of location scouting and a little bit of patience. Capturing the Milky Way on camera is a magical experience that allows us to view the night sky in a way our eyes simply can’t.
Many of the images included in Capture the Atlas' 2022 Milky Way Photographer of the Year were taken in remote locations where there is no light pollution – but that’s not always the case, as Takemochi Yuki proves with the image Mt Fuji and the Milky Way over Lake Kawaguchi.
Taken in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, the photo depicts a dazzling night sky over an illuminated city where the haze of light from both sources combines to create something truly ethereal.
Other photos included in this year's Milky Way Photographer of the Year were taken in a range of stunning locations such as a frozen lake in Tibet, China, the badlands of Utah, coastal caves in Tenerife and The Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park, Australia.
If these magical, awe-inspiring images aren't enough to make you want to pack a bag, wrap up warm and head out with your camera gear we don't know what will. We’ve selected some of our favorite images from this year's selection below but if you’d like to see the full gallery, head to the Capture the Atlas website.