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.