Space: The Photographic Frontier

The 2015 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year ★★★★★

Tabish Khan
By Tabish Khan Last edited 94 months ago
Space: The Photographic Frontier The 2015 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 5
This was the overall winner with a solar eclipse in Svalbard. Look closely and Venus is just about visible in the top left corner. © Luc Jamet

We recently announced the shortlist for the competitive 2015 Astronomy Photographer of the Year, and now the winners, runners ups and highly commended snaps have been unveiled in an exhibition in the usual venue of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

It's a selection of spectacular photography covering stalwarts like the aurora borealis and the brightly coloured nebulae of deep space. Some of our favourites on show include the Milky Way rising above the Pyrenees and the International Space Station transiting in front of the moon.

We don't envy the task of the judges as there are so many spectacular entries to choose from — this year's shortlisted entries are accessible via a tablet in the gallery and choosing winners from among them must have been a very difficult task as they all look superb.

We visit this exhibition yearly and every time we walk away in awe at the majesty of space and the skill of these photographers — this year is no exception.

The 2015 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year is on at The Royal Observatory, Greenwich until 26 June 2016 extended until 7 August 2016. The exhibition is free to enter and open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm.

You can never have too many nebulae photographs. © David Tolliday
A dazzling array of stars. © Michael van Doorn
A massive solar prominence. © Paolo Porcellana
Our humble moon in detail. © András Papp
These are noctilucent clouds. They create colours so vivid they don't feel real. Captured in the exotic locale of Sunderland. © Matt Robinson
Lights from a Hong Kong hillside combine with star trails. © Chap Him Wong
Poetically titled 'an arrow missed a heart', as a comet streaks by in front of a nebula. © Lefteris Velissaratos
No matter how many times we see photographs of the Northern Lights, they always look amazing. © Arild Heitmann

Last Updated 16 June 2016