Just back from the award ceremony, and, without a doubt, the best image won…. and it’s an aurora picture, as predicted on these forums first!!!
I think this year may be the year for an aurora picture to win!
Simply stunning… the standout image for me.
Amongst the other amazing images was this one, taken from a high altitude balloon (87,000 feet up!):
… and one of my favourites, of a hybrid solar eclipse:
An enjoyable evening, and great to catch up with old friends of the society Chris Lintott and Stuart Clark, as well as having a lovely chat with our next lecturer, Ian Ridpath. Also great to meet Stephen Ramsden, who will be our special guest at the solar observing event on Friday.
What do others think about the winning images? Photos can be viewed here.
Some fantastic stuff this year. I loved the Masai Mara solar eclipse and the star trails with the wind turbines and the Moon occulltation of Venus and the deep sky Horse’s Head which revealed detail I’ve never seen before. The usual mix of technical virtuosity and artistic merit!
They all look wonderful and they all capture beautiful unique moments. It would have been nice to see images taken with lower budget equipment capturing unique moments but all the same, I appreciate the polishing attraction of the winning images. I think my favourite is the Solar surface image with the filament “wall”. The perceptive angle is amazing as if I am hovering over the furnace.
and it’s an aurora picture, as predicted on these forums first!!!
Clearly we all have good ability to discern what a winning astro photo should entail 😉
That aurora image is beautiful and mesmerising. Definitely deserved the top prize. It’s not my favourite though. I like seeing people in photography so ‘Lost Souls’ is the one I admire most. It has an interesting composition too.
as if I am hovering over the furnace
Absolutely! Yes, add that one to my list of favourites as well!
Very impressed by the young photographer category.
I like seeing people in photography so ‘Lost Souls’ is the one I admire most. It has an interesting composition too.
Completely agree with that, it’s a stunning image:
Very cleverly composed, and I love the zodiacal light by the Milky Way.
The Deep Space winner, showing the Horsehead Nebula with an unusual perspective is also amazing… but, in line with Tej’s comments, it’s not exactly entry level equipment which took this (17-inch Planewave, Paramount mount, Apogee camera RGB and H-alpha filters… oh boy, 30 grand?). Still, a superb image:
Tej, the winning image was taken using a Canon 5D mark III… so reasonably high end… but most full-frame DSLRs would have been capable of a shot like this. It’s all about the time, place and composition, which I think is superb.
Video now on the BBC website, complete with Slade soundtrack at the start (WTF?).
I see Sky at Night magazine is out on the newsstands today with the winners’ photos.
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