“Transport the Soul” by Brad Goldpaint (USA). Overall Winner and Winner, People and Space.
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.
“Great Autumn Morning” by Fabian Dalpiaz (Italy – aged 15). On an early Monday morning before taking an exam at school, the photographer decided to go out and take some images. Shooting on a 50mm lens the photographer got lucky and captured this incredible photograph of a meteor passing over the Dolomites.
“Parade of the Planets” by Martin Lewis (UK). Runner-up, Planets, Comets, and Asteroids.
During the course of just one year the photographer managed to image surface details on every planet in our Solar System from his own back garden.
“Living Space” by Andrew Whyte (UK). Runner-Up, People and Space.
This is a single-frame image and not a speculative composite. Situated on a south-coast peninsula, this street falls within a part-night street lighting zone; when the lights go out, there’s nothing to interfere with the view of the stars until continental Europe- miles across the English Channel.
“Galaxy Curtain Call Performance” by Tianhong Li (China).
This was the last opportunity in 2017 to see the silver core of the Milky Way before it sunk below the horizon. It was accompanied by the gradual curtain call of Scorpio heralding the upward trend of Orion in the sky. Meanwhile the season of bright shooting stars quietly arrived. The image is stitched together from a total of twenty pictures.