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The Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 award has been won by UK-based photographer James Woodend, the Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced.

All photography types are beautiful and worth exploring. However, few are as mesmerizing as astrophotography. Taking photos of stars, objects found in the sky, or other astronomy-related events is rewarding enough, but it gets even better when all that hard work is paid off by winning a competition.

The happiest man on Earth is James Woodend, a photographer from the United Kingdom, who has won the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014, a contest organized by the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 award goes to James Woodend

James Woodend has won the “Overall” category after being selected as the winner of the “Earth and Space” category. The winning photo is called “Aurora over a Glacier Lagoon” and it depicts the Aurora Borealis dancing over the Vatnajokull Glacier, Iceland.

The image has been captured with a Canon 5D Mark III with a lens set at the 33mm focal length. The exposure settings include a 10-second shutter speed and an aperture of f/3.5 The result is simply amazing and the UK-based photographer duly-deserves the award.

It’s been a close contest as all photos of the category winners are stunning

Although James Woodend received the big prize, the other winners of individual categories have also captured some amazing photos.

Eugen Kamenew is the winner of the “People and Space” category with a human silhouette pictured against a solar eclipse. The shot has been captured with a Canon 5D Mark II camera at 700mm focal length, 1/1600s shutter speed,  f/22 aperture, and ISO 400.

The “Solar System” category has been won by Alexandra Hart with an amazing photo of our Sun captured using a TEC140 refractor.

Going further down the list, the “Deep Space” prize has been awarded to Bill Snyder for an incredible shot of the Horsehead Nebula.

Finally, the “Robotic Space” winner is Mark Hanson with a photo of the NGC 3718 warped spiral galaxy.

Beginner astrophotographers have received awards, too

Those who are beginners in the world of astrophotography have been commended as well. The “Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014” prize has been won by Shishir and Shashank Dholakia from the USA, who submitted a beautiful shot of the popular Horsehead Nebula.

Last but not least, the winner of the “Best Newcomer” aka the “Sir Patrick Moore prize” is Chris Murphy with his Coastal Stairways shot.

All winning shots will be on-display at the Royal Observatory as part of a free exhibition lasting until February 2015.

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