Stunning shots of galaxies and ‘alien-like’ rings in the sky are among winners of the 2020 Photo Nightscape Awards
THE jaw-dropping winners of a photography contest centred around the night sky have been revealed.
Strange alien-like circles above Germany and a stunning snap of the Northern Lights over Iceland are among the highly commended photos for the 2020 Photo Nightscape Awards.
A long-exposure photograph shows strange alien-like rings over Germany[/caption]
The top prize went to this picture, which shows surfers clutching their boards while walking into the sea in Guatemala[/caption]
Lake Tahoe in Nevada, USA, looks cracking in the Moon’s glow[/caption]
Astrophotographer Sergio Montúfar scooped the top prize for his incredible snap, Surfing the Milky Way.
His prize-winning picture shows surfers clutching their boards while walking into the sea, beneath a star-speckled sky.
Sergio won the coveted Nightscape prize at the awards, which are held by French non-profit Chasseurs De Nuit.
He took the photo in his native Guatemala.
This image was snapped on Reunion Island, a tiny French territory in the Indian Ocean[/caption]
Stars streak across the sky over the bright lights of Dubai[/caption]
A church in Texas is the centrepiece of this ‘Nightscape’ image[/caption]
Long-exposure photographs, like this one taken in Paris, show the path of stars and other celestial objects across the sky[/caption]
This picture, titled ‘The Heaven’ was snapped in Vllalba del los Barroso, Spain[/caption]
The awards are centred on cracking photos of the new sky. Pictured is a ‘Nightscape’ of a tree in North Texas[/caption]
Sergio said: “Humbly, I am very happy to put the name of Guatemala in heaven at one of the toughest times for everyone.”
Runner-up was Mario Konang’s A North Path Germany, which dazzles by capturing a pattern in the sky that looks like a multicoloured fingerprint.
Nayana Rajesh won the Junior Category prize for her images from – Troglo Night, Shark Fin Cove in Davenport, California, USA.
She also snapped a night scene over a quaint church in Texas.
Ayers Rock in Australia with stars dotting the sky above it[/caption]
St Paul’s Cathedral snapped from Millennium Bridge in London[/caption]
The desert landscapes in Jordan are hostile places of beauty[/caption]
The Northern Lights pictured over Iceland[/caption]
Waxing crescent Moon over Copenhagen, Denmark[/caption]
A radio telescope peering at the stars in Western Australia[/caption]
Remi Leblanc Messager won first prize in the Town category for his stunning image of a starry sky above Paris.
Stefan Liebermann was praised for three gorgeous photos, including one snap of a barren tree in the desert against a backdrop of a mountain and starry night sky.
Elsewhere, stepping stones shimmer on the surface of the water in Bill Graig’s aptly named Luminosity Lake Tahoe, taken in California, US.
Other vistas include a pink sky above Dubai in Apostolos Kyraizis’s Star Show, and Miguel Claro’s “unusual” photo of the Northern Lights in Denmark.
More long-exposure photography from Paris[/caption]
The cave of wild horses in Utah gets some great views of the night sky[/caption]
A ‘ghost ranch’ in Northern New Mexico[/caption]
A villa close to Concarneau, France, features in this snap[/caption]
Photo of the night sky snapped from Reunion Island, near Madagascar[/caption]
Shark Fin Cove in Davenport, California[/caption]
What’s the difference between an asteroid, meteor and comet?
- Asteroid: An asteroid is a small rocky body that orbits the Sun. Most are found in the asteroid belt (between Mars and Jupiter) but they can be found anywhere (including in a path that can impact Earth)
- Meteoroid: When two asteroids hit each other, the small chunks that break off are called meteoroids
- Meteor: If a meteoroid enters the Earth’s atmosphere, it begins to vapourise and then becomes a meteor. On Earth, it’ll look like a streak of light in the sky, because the rock is burning up
- Meteorite: If a meteoroid doesn’t vapourise completely and survives the trip through Earth’s atmosphere, it can land on the Earth. At that point, it becomes a meteorite
- Comet: Like asteroids, a comet orbits the Sun. However rather than being made mostly of rock, a comet contains lots of ice and gas, which can result in amazing tails forming behind them (thanks to the ice and dust vapourising)
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