May 22, 2022

Stunning photo of an “alien throne” is people’s choice of 2021 Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Marcin is a Polish professional photographer living in Northern California, and his winning shot was taken in one of the most remote locations of the United States. Its the rock spire also referred to as hoodoo, and it belongs to the Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness in the San Juan Basin in New Mexico. Since the nearest town is 50 miles away, the photographer camped under the dark skies to catch the wonderful Milky Way arched above this marvelous surface.

The overall 2021 winner and the classification winners were revealed in 2015, with Chinese photographer Shuchang Dong picked as Astronomy Photographer of the Year. As for individualss Choice award, the winning title was rewarded to Marcin Zajac for his mystical image titled Alien Throne.

Astronomy Photographer of the Year typically shares the annual winners in September. Its a long method from now, but theres another treat for astrophotography fans out there: peoples choice. The contest has just released the Peoples Choice Winners for 2021, and as constantly– theyre absolutely beautiful.

© Marcin Zajac/Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2021

The second-place award goes to Roshaan Nadeem from Pakistan. His image The Annular Eclipse over Lahore illustrates the different phases of the annular eclipse in the summertime of 2020. As the name suggests, his image was shot over Lahore, Pakistan. Whats intriguing is that Roshaan took it with a mobile phone, portable!

© Roshaan Nadeem/Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2021

When it comes to the third location, it went to Tunç Tezel from Turkey. His image reveals retrograde Mars and Uranus, and it took a long time for it to be recorded. Tezel captured the retrograde motions of the planets on 38 different nights and combined them in a single image.

© Tunç Tezel/Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2021

The top three winners were selected from a shortlist of 24 images, chosen by the Royal Museums Greenwich from 4,500 images sent to the thirteenth annual competitors in 2021. You better rush up as submissions close on 4 March if you d like to enter the 2022 contest. And then, lets await September together and see the winners of this great contest. I honestly cant wait!

Astronomy Photographer of the Year generally shares the yearly winners in September. The contest has just released the Peoples Choice Winners for 2021, and as always– theyre absolutely stunning.

The leading three winners were selected from a shortlist of 24 images, picked by the Royal Museums Greenwich from 4,500 images submitted to the thirteenth yearly competitors in 2021. And then, lets wait for September together and see the winners of this wonderful contest.