The shortlist for the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s competition Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018 has been announced and the images will take your breath away.
The pictures include stunning depictions of the cosmos glowing from above the Earth. Twinkling above a desert or from the vantage point of an icy cave, clusters of stars juxtaposed against the geography of Earth, or even a single human, gives some perspective on the enormity of the universe.
4,200 photos were entered in this year’s prestigious Astronomy Photographer of the Year photo contest from amateur and professional photographers from 91 countries around the world.
The winners will be announced on 23rd October 2018 and the exhibition opens on 24th October 2018 at the National Maritime Museum. Successful finalists will be awarded in the competition’s nine categories along with the overall winner and two special prizes.
Here are a selection of the top entries, with descriptions provided by the competition: