A new exhibition has opened up at the Royal Greenwich Observatory in London which displays the winner and runners up of the competition. The winner in 2012 was taken by Martin Pugh of the Whirlpool Galaxy known in the Messier catalogue as M51.
The competition was open up to all astrophotographers, judged by Sir Patrick Moore and others. This image of M51 has been described by many professionals as one of the best examples they have ever seen and for good reason, the image is taken in multiple wavelengths and have all been overlay to give a hybrid image showing the galaxies profile across the visible spectrum.
Entrants for the 2013 competition has begun and it is free to apply at http://www.rmg.co.uk/astrophoto.
Other runner’s up of the competition can be found in the Astrophotography section of the blog.