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Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 - gallery

Lunar winner Laszlo Francsics lands £10,000 prize

Photographer Laszlo Francsics has won the Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year award.

The Hungarian will receive a £10,000 prize and his winning photograph will take pride of place in the exhibition of photographs at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London.

His entry is a creative and artistic composition of the 35 phases of the total lunar eclipse, taken in January this year.

Competition judge Ed Robinson, himself an award-winning photographer, said: “For a single multiple-exposure image to capture this event with such positional precision, creative innovation and beauty is nothing short of masterful.

“In a year that celebrates 50 years since the first lunar landings it is fitting that this year’s overall winning image captures such a dynamic and captivating view of our Moon. A worthy winner indeed.”

Winning entries from other categories include a panoramic photo of the Aurora Borealis over the Lofoten Islands in Norway, a dog surrounded by Mars, Saturn and the Milky Way, and a deep sky image of the Rosette Nebula, a flower-shaped cloud of dust and gas 5,000 light-years from Earth.

Click on the gallery above for the winning images and captions from the Royal Observatory.

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