10 Of The Finalist Entries For Astronomy Photographer Of The Year

Stellar images

Some pictures are worth 1,000 words, but others are so out of this world that they will leave you speechless.

The shortlist of finalists for the 2016 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition has been announced, and there are some stunningly beautiful images taken by photographers around the world.

The shortlist of almost 30 has been selected from over 4,500 entries to the competition from 80 countries, with photographer competing for the grand prize of 10,000 GBP. Winners in other categories, including 'Skyscapes', 'Aurorae', 'People and Space', 'Our Sun', 'Our Moon', 'Planets, Comets and Asteroids', 'Stars and Nebulae', 'Galaxies', and 'Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year' will each receive 1,500 GBP. Other smaller cash awards will be granted to runners-up.

Winners will be announced September 15, and the images will be put on display starting September 17 at the UK's Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Centre. Here's a sneak peek at this year's shortlist.

A Fork, a Spoon and a Moon

A Fork, a Spoon and a Moon

New Zealand photographer Andrew Caldwell captured this image of a royal spoonbill sitting on a tree branch in front of an almost full moon.Andrew Caldwell
Aurora Bird

Aurora Bird

Norwegian photographer Jan R. Olsen thought that the aurora resembled a bird hovering over the water.Jan R. Olsen
Flash Point

Flash Point

American photographer Brad Goldpaint caught this image of the Perseid meteor shower over Mount Shasta in August, 2015.Brad Goldpaint
M8: Lagoon Nebula

M8: Lagoon Nebula

Hungarian photographer Ivan Eder took this picture of the Lagoon Nebula, 5,000 light years from Earth.Ivan Eder
Northern Lights over Jokulsarlon, Iceland

Northern Lights over Jokulsarlon, Iceland

British photographer Giles Rocholl caught this image of the aurora, with a couple admiring the view.Giles Rocholl
Painted Hills

Painted Hills

German photographer Nicholas Roemmelt took advantage of the gorgeous scenery here on earth to get this shot of the Milky Way soaring above the Painted Hills of Oregon.Nicholas Roemmelt
Pickering’s Triangle

Pickering’s Triangle

American photographer Bob Franke took this picture of Pickering’s Triangle, a supernova remnant located in the Veil Nebula.Bob Franke
Seven Magic Points

Seven Magic Points

Norwegian photographer Rune Engebø captured the rippling aurora mirroring the sculpture Seven Magic Points in Brattebergan, Norway.Rune Engebø
The Diamond Ring

The Diamond Ring

British photographer Melanie Thorne took this image in Indonesia during a total solar eclipse.Melanie Thorne
Venus Rising

Venus Rising

Australian photographer Ivan Slade captured this image of Venus, Mercury, and the Milky Way just before sunrise on Turrimeta Beach, Australia.Ivan Slade
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