Andromeda Galaxy at arm's length / © Nicholas Lefaude
Lefaude beat more than five thousand competitors to become the winner in the "Galaxies" nomination, and received the main prize of ten thousand pounds sterling. In the center of the image taken by him in Forges-les-Bains, Ile-de-France (near Paris) is the Andromeda galaxy. The edges of the photo are blurred, making the galaxy appear very close, although it is more than 2.5 million light years away.
“For most of us, the Andromeda galaxy is distant and inaccessible, although it is the closest neighbor. It is a miracle to create a photograph that seems to be touched, especially now that we are recovering from a period of social distancing, ”said Judge Ed Robinson.
Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year is hosted every year by the Royal Observatory of Greenwich. This year, more than five thousand photographers from six continents took part in it - this is a record for the competition. In addition, the Commission awarded for the first time two special prizes: the Sir Patrick Award for Best Newcomer and the Annie Maunder Award for Best Photo Created from Publicly Available Images. Below are the pictures that won in different nominations.
Best Photo, Sky: Painting the Sky / © Thomas Cast
Best photo in the category "Our Sun": "Liquid Light" / © Alexandra Hart
Best photo in the category "Our Moon": "Crater Quiet in paints" / © Alain Paulo
Best Aurora Borealis Photography: Lady in Green / © Nicholas Rem-Melt
Best photo in the category "Planets, comets and asteroids": "Space between us" / © Lukasz Sudzka
Best photo in the category "People and Space": "Captured by technology" / © Rafael Shmal
Best Photo, Stars and Nebulae: Cosmic Hells / © Peter Ward
Best Debut Photo: Waves / © Bens Toth
Annie Maunder Special Prize for Best Innovative Photo: Dark River / © Julia Hill
Best photo in the nomination "Youth": "Four planets and the Moon" / © Alis Fok-Khan
Dr. Emily Drabek-Maunder, astronomer at the Royal Museums in Greenwich and judge of the competition, said that the international environment made the organization more difficult this year. “However, the photographs exceeded all our expectations, and the innovations shown by the participants were phenomenal,” she said.