In today’s world, it takes a lot to evoke wonder. But the recently announced finalists for the 2016 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year Awards do just that.
From spectacular shots of Aurora Australis over New Zealand to pictures of five planets aligning over an Australian beach, the completion has received more than 4.500 entries from over 80 countries, a new record
Among the 32 finalists are multiple entries from both professional and amateur photographers from Australians and New Zealanders.
Happy New Year – Aurora Australis, also known as the Southern Lights, photographed on 1 January 2016 on the coast of South Otago, New Zealand [Stephen Voss]
The International Space Station appears to pierce a path across the radiant, concentric star trails seemingly spinning over the silhouettes of the trees in Harrogate, South Australia [Scott Carnie-Bronca]
The alignment of the five planets, shot from Australia’s Turrimeta Beach in February 2016 [Ivan Slade]
The Southern Cross, taken in Central Goldfields of Victoria [Phil Hart]
A Royal Spoonbill captured during a nearly full moon at Hawkes Bay, New Zealand [Andrew Caldwell]
The winners of the astronomy photography competition’s nine categories and two special prizes will be announced on 15 September.
The competition is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich along with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night Magazine.
Header image: Rune Engebo