Hungarian photographer László Francsics has won the Royal Observatory Greenwich's title of Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 and the top prize of £10,000 with his jaw-dropping photo of the 35 phases of January's lunar eclipse.
Fracsics's image astounded the judges, with judge Ed Robinson saying, "For a single multiple-exposure image to capture this even with such positional precision, creative innovation and beauty is nothing short of masterful. The colors of our atmosphere projected onto the Moon's disc during the eclipse are not only artistically pleasing, but also offer an understanding of such events that can reveal aspects of our own, thin, yet essential part of our atmosphere."
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Other winning images include a photo of the Rosette Nebula, taken by Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year winner Davy dan der Hoeven. Aged just 11, he built the equipment required for the photo with his father and together they captured images of the Rosette Nebula over three nights in November using different filters.
The Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night magazine. In its eleventh year, the competition received a record number of over 4,600 entries from 90 countries around the world.
The images from this years competition, including the winners, runners-up and highly commended of each category and 68 shortlisted photos, will appear in the major special exhibition 'Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition at the National Maritime Museum. This will open to the public from 13 September.
You'll also be able to purchase the competition's official book (opens in new tab) by Collin's for £25, available exclusively at Royal Museums Greenwich shops and online from 13 September and on sale across all bookstores from 7 November.
If you'd like to throw your hat in the ring for the 2020 competition, visit the Royal Observatory Greenwich's website (opens in new tab) for more information.
In the meantime, discover a selection of the winning images below…
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