Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 – winning images

László Francsics has been named the overall winner in the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 competition, for his composition showing the 35 phases of January’s total lunar eclipse. Other winners include a panorama of the aurora borealis over the Lofoten Islands in Norway by Nicolai Brügger, an atmospheric image of the photographer Ben Bush with his dog Floyd surrounded by the galactic core of the Milky Way, and a sequence of images of Mars that follows the progress of the great global dust storm by Andy Casely

  • Exhibition of winners and shortlisted images opens at the National Maritime Museum on 13 September 2019 and a catalogue is available here

Matt Fidler

Overall Winner: Into the Shadow by László Francsics Photograph: László Francsics/Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019

Overall Winner: Into the Shadow by László Francsics Photograph: László Francsics/Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019


Statue of Liberty Nebula, by Ignacio Diaz Bobillo  Winner: Stars and Nebulae

Statue of Liberty Nebula, by Ignacio Diaz Bobillo

Winner: Stars and Nebulae


M31 Andromeda Galaxy,by Tom Mogford  Highly commended: Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year

M31 Andromeda Galaxy,by Tom Mogford

Highly commended: Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year


The Jewels of Orion, by Ross Clark  Winner: Best Newcomer

The Jewels of Orion, by Ross Clark

Winner: Best Newcomer


The Watcher, by Nicolai Brügger  Winner: Aurorae

The Watcher, by Nicolai Brügger

Winner: Aurorae


Stellar Flower,by Davy van der Hoeven  Winner: Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Stellar Flower,by Davy van der Hoeven

Winner: Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year


Ben, Floyd & the Core, by Ben Bush  Winner: People and Space

Ben, Floyd & the Core, by Ben Bush

Winner: People and Space


A Little Fireworks, by Alan Friedman  Winner: Our Sun

A Little Fireworks, by Alan Friedman

Winner: Our Sun


Shells of Elliptical Galaxy NGC 3923 in Hydra, by Rolf Wahl Olsen  Winner: Galaxies

Shells of Elliptical Galaxy NGC 3923 in Hydra, by Rolf Wahl Olsen

Winner: Galaxies


Across the Sky of History, by Wang Zheng  Winner: Skyscapes

Across the Sky of History, by Wang Zheng

Winner: Skyscapes


Sky and Ground, Stars and Sand, by Shuchang Dong  Winner: Best Newcomer

Sky and Ground, Stars and Sand, by Shuchang Dong

Winner: Best Newcomer


Death of Opportunity, by Andy Casely  Winner: Planets, Comets & Asteroids

Death of Opportunity, by Andy Casely

Winner: Planets, Comets & Asteroids


Above the Tower, by Sam King  Highly Commended: People and Space

Above the Tower, by Sam King

Highly Commended: People and Space


Crescent Moon During the Day, by Rafael Ruiz  Runner Up: Our Moon

Crescent Moon During the Day, by Rafael Ruiz

Runner Up: Our Moon


Aurora Australis from Beerbarrel Beach, by James Stone  Runner Up: Aurorae

Aurora Australis from Beerbarrel Beach, by James Stone

Runner Up: Aurorae


Into the Shadow, by László Francsics  Winner: Our Moon and Winner: OverallThe photograph depicts a creative and artistic composition of the 35 phases of the total lunar eclipse that occurred on 21 January 2019. Competition judge Ed Robinson said: ‘For a single multiple-exposure image to capture this event with such positional precision, creative innovation and beauty is nothing short of masterful’

Into the Shadow, by László Francsics

Winner: Our Moon and Winner: OverallThe photograph depicts a creative and artistic composition of the 35 phases of the total lunar eclipse that occurred on 21 January 2019. Competition judge Ed Robinson said: ‘For a single multiple-exposure image to capture this event with such positional precision, creative innovation and beauty is nothing short of masterful’