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Home Forums Observing and Imaging Group Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 Winners

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    Mike Meynell
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    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!

    Aurora over a Glacier Lagoon

    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!):

    Moon Balloon

    … and one of my favourites, of a hybrid solar eclipse:

    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.

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    #8108

    Andy Sawers
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    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!

    #8110

    Tej
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    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.

    #8112

    Christina Chester
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    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.

    #8113

    Andy Sawers
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    as if I am hovering over the furnace

    Absolutely! Yes, add that one to my list of favourites as well!

    #8114

    Brian Blake
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    Very impressed by the young photographer category.

    #8116

    Mike Meynell
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    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:

    Lost souls

    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:

    Horeshead Nebula

    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.

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    #8124

    Mike Meynell
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    Video now on the BBC website, complete with Slade soundtrack at the start (WTF?).

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29237571

    #8127

    Andy Sawers
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    I see Sky at Night magazine is out on the newsstands today with the winners’ photos.

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