French photographer Nicolas Lefaudeux has been named the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020, winning Â£10,000 top prize alongside the prestigious title. His winning image (below) was taken in France and shows a version of the Andromeda Galaxy. âTo most of us, our closest neighbouring galaxy Andromeda can also feel so distanced and out of reach,â said competition judge Ed Robinson. âYet to create a photograph that gives us the impression that it is just within our physical reach is truly magical, and somewhat appropriate as we adjust after such socially distanced times.â
âThe global situation made judging and shortlisting extremely challenging this year, particularly with judges spread across different countries,â said another judge Dr Emily Drabek-Maunder, Astronomer at Royal Museums Greenwich. âHowever, the photographs have exceeded our expectations and the innovation demonstrated by the entrants has been phenomenal.â
Now in its twelfth year, this yearâs competition received over 5,000 entries from six continents. Winners, runners-up, highly commended and shortlisted images will be showcased in theÂ Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the YearÂ exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, opening to the public from 23 October 2020 with tickets on sale from 14 September 2020.
The competitionâs official book, available at Royal Museums Greenwich shops and online from 11 September, goes on sale across all bookstores from 17 September. Find out more about the competition here.
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