Stunning Photos From The 2014 Astronomy Photography Awards

Published September 25, 2014
Updated January 25, 2018
Earth and Space WInner 2014

Aurora over a Glacier Lagoon by James Woodend. Overall and Earth and Space winner. Source: ViralSpell

Space has intrigued us since the dawn of time, when the world’s earliest civilizations conjured up myths and fables to explain the sun, moon and stars. While our knowledge of space has grown drastically over the years, there is still much that we will never know.

Images from the Astronomy Photography Awards don’t explain wormholes or supernovae, but they do capture some of the most wondrous images of our massive solar system. Keep scrolling to check out this year’s winners, along with our favorite submissions.

Young Winner 2014

The Horsehead Nebula (IC 434) by Shishir and Shashank Dholakia. Young winner. Source: Creative Review

Astronomy Photography Awards 2014 Winners

Ripples in a Pond by Alexandra Hart. Winner in Our Solar System category. Source: ViralSpell

Run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the Astronomy Photography Awards are a unique photo contest featuring stunning views of solar features, aurorae, star trails and eclipses. There are four major photo categories: Earth and Space, Our Solar System, Deep Space and Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year (featuring a photographer who is under the age of 16). The Observatory also names an overall winner, who wins the title of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014, along with a prize of £1500 (about $2,500 in US dollars).

Horsehead Nebula  (IC 434) by Bill Snyder. Winner of Deep Space category. Source: ViralSpell

Horsehead Nebula (IC 434) by Bill Snyder. Winner of Deep Space category. Source: ViralSpell

Under the Milky Way by Yan L. Source: Flickr

Under the Milky Way by Yan L. Source: Flickr

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