US Photographer Bags Astronomy Pic Of The Year


American photographer Brad Goldpaint has beaten thousands of amateur and professional stargazers around the world for the title of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018.

Goldpaint’s image bagged the top prize in the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018 competition of £10,000 and a place in a new exhibition of winning pics over the years at the National Maritime Museum in London.

“For me this superb image is emblematic of everything it means to be an astrophotographer; the balance between light and dark, the contrasting textures and tones of land and sky and the photographer alone under a starry canopy of breathtaking scale and beauty,” said competition judge Will Gater.

Transport the Soul by Brad Goldpaint – Interested in adding a ‘human element’ to his photographs, once the quarter moon rose and revealed the incredible, vast landscape of the shale hills below the viewpoint, the lone photographer, to the left of the frame, stood motionless while he captured this photograph. The Andromeda Galaxy, quarter moon, Milky Way Galaxy, and position of the photographer all combined to create a captivating, harmonious portrait of a night sky photographer at work.
Moab, Utah, USA, 20 May 2017 (Credit: Brad Goldpaint)Brad Goldpaint

The winning image was taken in Moab, Utah and shows immense red rock formations silhouetted against the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies in the night sky.

In other categories, both professional and amateur astrophotographers triumphed. The winning image in the Planets, Comets and Asteroids category was taken by British photographer Martin Lewis in his back garden. And the the Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year title went to 15-year-old Fabian Dalpiaz of Italy for his incredible photograph of a meteor passing over the magnificent autumnal landscape of the Alpe di Siusi.

“With a competition that keeps on flourishing over the years, the growing community of amateur astrophotographers have time after time surprised us with technically accomplished, playfully imaginative and astoundingly beautiful images that sit at the intersection of art and science,” said Dr Melanie Vandenbrouck, Curator of Art at Royal Museums Greenwich and judge for the competition.

“This year did not disappoint. To pick just 31 winners from the 134 shortlisted images was fiendishly difficult! Their mesmerising, often astonishing photographs, show us the exquisite complexity of space, and movingly convey our place in the universe.

“And to see our young winners compete with seasoned photographers in their skill, imagination, and aesthetic sense, remains the greatest reward of all,” she added.

The competition is now in its tenth year and received over 4,200 entries from 91 countries across the world. This year’s winners, along with some runners-up and highly commended images, will join the best of the last ten years in a new exhibition in London.

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