Explore the night sky with the shortlisted images in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition

This image was taken at Snettisham Beach, famous for its vast tidal mudflats that attract migrating birds in staggering numbers. The foreground subject is a dilapidated jetty, which was built in the Second World War to allow gravel extracted from the nearby pits to be moved by boat. The curved channel in the mudflat mirrors the trailing stars
Serpentine, Paul Haworth, Snettisham Beach, Norfolk, UK (see below) (Image credit: Serpentine © Paul Haworth)

It’s been an active year so far for astronomers. We’ve had the tantalizing Northern Lights, a solar eclipse, and a close call with an asteroid.

Not to mention sky platypuses and cosmic koi carp

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Leonie Helm
Staff Writer

After graduating from Cardiff University with an Master's Degree in Journalism, Media and Communications Leonie developed a love of photography after taking a year out to travel around the world. 

While visiting countries such as Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh and Ukraine with her trusty Nikon, Leonie learned how to capture the beauty of these inspiring places, and her photography has accompanied her various freelance travel features. 

As well as travel photography Leonie also has a passion for wildlife photography both in the UK and abroad.