According to The Guardian newspaper (UK), the winning works in this astronomy photo contest open up completely new perspectives for us about the vast universe beyond Earth.
According to information from the organizing committee – the Royal Greenwich Observatory (London, England) – this year’s competition received more than 4,000 entries from 61 countries.
After several rounds of rigorous selection, the jury decided to award the highest prize to the author group Marcel Drexler (Germany), Xavier Strautner and Yann Santi (France) for the photo “Andromeda, Unexpected”. Image of the giant plasma arc next to the Andromeda Galaxy (Andromeda Galaxy).
Meanwhile, the winner of the 2023 Young Photographer Award is Runwei Xu and Binyu Wang, two 14-year-old boys from China who created a work called “The Running Chicken Nebula”, which captures the nebula IC 2944, located in the constellation Sagittarius.
Dr Ed Bloomer, Astronomer at the Royal Greenwich Observatory, said: “Once again, the participants in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition ‘dazzled’ the judges with so many high-quality photographs, capturing many amazing images. “
Promoting astronomy in Southeast Asia
In recent years, astronomy in Southeast Asia has made encouraging developments, but compared to Europe, North America or East Asia, there is still a significant gap.