Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2012 – pictures
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M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy by Martin Pugh (Australia)
Overall winner and winner of the Deep Space category
Photographer Martin Pugh has claimed the top prize in the Royal Observatory's Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition with this image of the Whirlpool Galaxy. One judge described it as a "remarkable achievement" by an amateur astronomer and one of the best images of M51 that he had seen.