Is there anything more breathtaking and surreal than outer space? Often, I feel like there absolutely isn't. Maybe it's because of all the celestial masterpieces stars, galaxies, and planets paint, effortlessly sweeping us off our feet? Or maybe we feel this way about space because it's something we can't touch, tame, or change? Or perhaps, it's because of that nostalgic feeling you get when it's a warm summer night and you raise your head and look up at the sky and all the stars simultaneously remind you of how truly small you are (but in the best way possible)?

But now, let's get to the point. Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year is the largest international competition of its kind which, every year, showcases the best space photography from a global community of astrophotographers. The winners of the 2020 competition have just been announced and they're all absolutely stunning. Bored Panda invites you to look through some of the most spectacular photos from this year's space photography competition and choose your favorites!

#1

Aurorae Winner - 'The Green Lady' By Nicholas Roemmelt

Aurorae Winner - 'The Green Lady' By Nicholas Roemmelt

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Shauna Hicken
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2 months ago

Stunningly beautiful!

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#2

Shortlist - 'Galactic Portal' By Marcin Zajac

Shortlist - 'Galactic Portal' By Marcin Zajac

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TheHolyFatherOfToast
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2 months ago

the fog on the ground makes it even more awesome

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#3

Shortlist - 'Iceland' By Kristina Makeeva

Shortlist - 'Iceland' By Kristina Makeeva

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Dana
Community Member
2 months ago

Why isn't this higher?!!

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The overall winner of the competition is the photo called “Andromeda Galaxy at Arm's Length?” that was taken by a French astrophotographer Nicolas Lefaudeux. "To most of us, our closest neighbouring galaxy Andromeda can also feel so distanced and out of reach, yet to create a photograph that gives us the impression that it is just within our physical reach is truly magical, and somewhat appropriate as we adjust after such socially distanced times," said the competition judge Ed Robinson.

#4

Stars And Nebulae Runner Up - 'The Dolphin Jumping Out Of An Ocean Of Gas' By Connor Matherne

Stars And Nebulae Runner Up - 'The Dolphin Jumping Out Of An Ocean Of Gas' By Connor Matherne

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Ms.M.
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow!

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#5

Skyscapes Runner Up - 'Desert Magic' By Stefan Liebermann

Skyscapes Runner Up - 'Desert Magic' By Stefan Liebermann

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Amit John
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2 months ago

Isn’t this an edited picture? How can the ground be as sharp as the sky- and how is space so visible without zoom? Unless that’s really possible in the desert?

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#6

Skyscapes Winner - 'Painting The Sky' By Thomas Kast

Skyscapes Winner - 'Painting The Sky' By Thomas Kast

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Rainbow Panda
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2 months ago

I really love this rainbow sky. 🌈

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The winner of Skyscapes is the photo called "Painting the Sky" taken by Thomas Kast. The photo captures polar stratospheric clouds in Finnish Lapland, looking like a spectacular water color painting. "Clouds are said to be the bane of astronomers, but they can also be the inspiration for a breathtaking astrophoto. These rare, incredibly high nacreous clouds reflect colour like oil does on water and this photographer has captured them perfectly. With subtle processing they have brought out the vibrant hues that can sometimes be seen in our skies," commented the Art Editor at the BBC Sky at Night Magazine Steve Marsh.

#7

Aurorae Runner Up - 'Lone Tree Under A Scandinavian Aurora' By Tom Archer

Aurorae Runner Up - 'Lone Tree Under A Scandinavian Aurora' By Tom Archer

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Hiker Chick
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2 months ago

I would buy a print of this photo. Beautiful!

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#8

Galaxies Winner And Overall Winner - 'Andromeda Galaxy At Arm's Length' By Nicolas Lefaudeux

Galaxies Winner And Overall Winner - 'Andromeda Galaxy At Arm's Length' By Nicolas Lefaudeux

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the Kat who says ni
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2 months ago

It's amazing! It almost looks miniature... though it doesn't get much bigger than that!

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#9

Our Sun Runner Up - '145 Seconds Of Darkness' By Filip Ogorzelski

Our Sun Runner Up - '145 Seconds Of Darkness' By Filip Ogorzelski

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Ms.M.
Community Member
2 months ago

That is so cool!

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Our Sun winner is the photo taken by a British photographer Alexandra Hart called "Liquid Sunshine." "This is a stunning example of how the ‘quiet’ Sun is never truly quiet. While the Sun may be less active, the nuclear fusion ongoing below its surface sustains all life on our little world," commented astrophysicist, astronomer and science communicator at Royal Observatory Greenwich Emily Drabek-Maunder.

#10

Our Moon Runner Up - 'Hdr Partial Lunar Eclipse With Clouds' By Ethan Roberts

Our Moon Runner Up - 'Hdr Partial Lunar Eclipse With Clouds' By Ethan Roberts

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

If the Moon and Mars had a child. xD But seriously beautiful. 🌙

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#11

Young Competition Winner - 'The Four Planets And The Moon' By Alice Fock Hang

Young Competition Winner - 'The Four Planets And The Moon' By Alice Fock Hang

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Dana
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2 months ago

The photographer of this picture is 11 years old!!!

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#12

Stars And Nebulae Winner - 'Cosmic Inferno' By Peter Ward

Stars And Nebulae Winner - 'Cosmic Inferno' By Peter Ward

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like a volcano exploding, but of course, prettier. 🌋

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The pastel masterpiece capturing the moon was nominated as the winner of Our Moon category. "This vibrant image teases out the faint colours on the surface of the Moon. Not only is this composition visually striking, but it highlights the different materials the Moon is made up of, all from the safety of the Earth," commented Emily Drabek-Maunder.

#13

Shortlist - 'Dance Over The Swamp' By Kamil Nureev

Shortlist - 'Dance Over The Swamp' By Kamil Nureev

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Dana
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2 months ago

WOW! Absolutely breathtaking!

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#14

Our Moon Winner - 'Tycho Crater Region With Colours' By Alain Paillou

Our Moon Winner - 'Tycho Crater Region With Colours' By Alain Paillou

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Cal
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2 months ago

These are all the colors of my surfboard I just started glassing :D

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#15

Shortlist - 'The Many Jets And Shells Of Centaurus A' By Connor Matherne

Shortlist - 'The Many Jets And Shells Of Centaurus A' By Connor Matherne

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"This was such a dramatic image, with the ‘green lady’ appearing to take flight above the mountains and illuminated water’s edge. I liked the way the landscape was dwarfed by the dominant aurora and yet the forms and colours of the composition echoed above with below. This was one of my favourite images," fine art photographer Susan Derges commented on the winner of Aurorae category.

#16

Sir Patrick Moore Prize For Best Newcomer Winner - 'Waves' By Bence Toth

Sir Patrick Moore Prize For Best Newcomer Winner - 'Waves' By Bence Toth

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Kevin Mullane
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2 months ago

Love it.

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#17

Shortlist - 'Jupiter Rising' By Stacey Downton

Shortlist - 'Jupiter Rising' By Stacey Downton

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Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
2 months ago

I wonder how she got out there to take that photo. We never see it like that from Earth.

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#18

Shortlist - 'The Moon And The Shard' By Mathew Browne

Shortlist - 'The Moon And The Shard' By Mathew Browne

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ArhomR
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2 months ago

Im waiting for ET.

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#19

Planets, Comets And Asteroids Winner - 'Space Between Us...' By Łukasz Sujka

Planets, Comets And Asteroids Winner - 'Space Between Us...' By Łukasz Sujka

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Lori Smith Earle
Community Member
2 months ago

Excellent picture!

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#20

Our Sun Winner - 'Liquid Sunshine' By Alexandra Hart

Our Sun Winner - 'Liquid Sunshine' By Alexandra Hart

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ArhomR
Community Member
2 months ago

Hot, hot, hot!

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#21

Young Competition Runner Up - 'Detached Prominences' By Thea Hutchinson

Young Competition Runner Up - 'Detached Prominences' By Thea Hutchinson

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Lori Smith Earle
Community Member
2 months ago

What a planet. !!

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#22

People And Space Runner Up - 'Observe The Heart Of The Galaxy' By Tian Li

People And Space Runner Up - 'Observe The Heart Of The Galaxy' By Tian Li

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Dana
Community Member
2 months ago

Aliens. Definitely aliens.

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#23

Annie Maunder Prize For Image Innovation Winner - 'Dark River' (Detail) By Julie Hill

Annie Maunder Prize For Image Innovation Winner - 'Dark River' (Detail) By Julie Hill

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Andrei Anghel
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2 months ago

Excuse my ignorance: what exactly is this?

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#24

Shortlist - 'Ineffable' By Alyn Wallace

Shortlist - 'Ineffable' By Alyn Wallace

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Bobby Sammons
Community Member
2 months ago

I had to look up the word "Ineffable". I had never heard it before, or even seen it written...it means "too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words."

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#25

Galaxies Runner Up - 'Ngc 3628 With 300,000 Light Year Long Tail' By Mark Hanson

Galaxies Runner Up - 'Ngc 3628 With 300,000 Light Year Long Tail' By Mark Hanson

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CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
2 months ago

"The Crack" from Dr Who!

#26

People And Space Winner - 'The Prison Of Technology' By Rafael Schmall

People And Space Winner - 'The Prison Of Technology' By Rafael Schmall

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Bill
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2 months ago

Those vertical lines are satellites

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#27

Shortlist - 'Sunspots Ar 2741 And Ar 2740' By Ruslan Ilnitsky

Shortlist - 'Sunspots Ar 2741 And Ar 2740' By Ruslan Ilnitsky

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Lori Smith Earle
Community Member
2 months ago

What a peach! Ha

#28

Planets, Comets And Asteroids Runner Up - 'In The Outer Reaches' By Martin Lewis

Planets, Comets And Asteroids Runner Up - 'In The Outer Reaches' By Martin Lewis

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Bacony Cakes
Community Member
2 months ago

Uranus is the butt of all jokes.

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