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These have been the 11 spectacular winning photos of the 2021 astronomical photography contest of the Royal Observatory Greenwich

Mid-September arrives and with it the results of the contest “Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2021 “organized every year by the Royal Observatory Greenwich. It is one of the most exciting events for astronomical photography enthusiasts, and after seeing the winners, it’s easy to guess why.

The contest is divided into eight categories: “auroras”, “galaxies”, “our Moon”, “our Sun”, “people and space”, “planets, comets and asteroids”, “heavenly landscapes” and “stars and nebulae”. Added to these are an award for young photographers, the Annie Maunder award for images processed with pre-existing data, and the Manju Mehrotra Family Trust Award for the best newcomer.

Next we will review the winning photos of the general contest and of each category. If you want to see the previous editions, here are those of 2020, 2019 and 2018. Also on the Royal Observatory Greenwich website you can check the winners of all past editions.

The winning image, and the one at the top of this article, was taken by Suchang Dong. His name is “The Golden Ring“and shows an annular solar eclipse captured in the Ali region of Tibet on June 21, 2020.

Our Sun (and overall winner)

The Golden Ring Shuchang Dong
The Golden Ring Shuchang Dong

The Golden Ring © Shuchang Dong

Aurora borealis

Polar Lights Dance - Dmitrii Rybalka, Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2021 - RMG
Polar Lights Dance - Dmitrii Rybalka, Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2021 - RMG

Polar Lights Dance © Dmitrii Rybalka

Galaxies

Galaxies
Galaxies

The Milky Ring © Zhong Wu

Our moon

Om 28529 59 Winner Beyond The Limb C2 A9 Nicolas Lefaudeux
Om 28529 59 Winner Beyond The Limb C2 A9 Nicolas Lefaudeux

Beyond the Limb © Nicolas Lefaudeux

People and space

Deepal Ratnayaka (UK) Lockdown
Deepal Ratnayaka (UK) Lockdown

Lockdown © Deepal Ratnayaka

Planets, comets and asteroids

Frank Kuszaj (EEUU) A Colourful Quadrantid Meteor
Frank Kuszaj (EEUU) A Colourful Quadrantid Meteor

A Colourful Quadrantid Meteor © Frank Kuszaj

Heavenly landscapes

Luna Dunes Jeffrey Lovelace
Luna Dunes Jeffrey Lovelace

Luna Dunes © Jeffrey Lovelace

Stars and nebulae

Terry Hancock (Reino Unido) California Dreamin' NGC 1499
Terry Hancock (Reino Unido) California Dreamin' NGC 1499

California Dreamin’ NGC 1499 © Terry Hancock

Young Astronomy Photographer

Zhipu Wang
Zhipu Wang

Family Photo of the Solar System © Zhipu Wang (China – edad 15 años)

Premio Manju Mehrotra Famility Trust

Paul Eckhardt (EEUU) Falcon 9 Soars Past the Moon
Paul Eckhardt (EEUU) Falcon 9 Soars Past the Moon

Falcon 9 Soars Past the Moon © Paul Eckhardt

Annie Maunder Award

Leonardo Di Maggio (Reino unido) Celestial Fracture
Leonardo Di Maggio (Reino unido) Celestial Fracture

Celestial Fracture © Leonardo Di Maggio