Andromeda galaxy has 2 million light years Earth, But it is close enough to touch an image that took the top prize at the Royal Observatory Greenwich Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020 competition.
French photographer Nicolas Lefudeux used a technique called tilt-shift – positioning a camera lens in such a way that manipulating the depth of field in an image – to bring our nearest neighboring galaxy still closer. His photo blurring the foreground and background, focusing sharply in the center, makes the Milky Way appear surprisingly close, though almost the observer can reach and capture it in the photo.
The contest adjudicators selected the photo of Lifafax, titled “Arm Length in Andromeda Galaxy”, from thousands of submissions, naming it the winner in the “galaxy” category, as well as the best photo of the competition. Lefaudeux captured the image in Forge-les-Bains, dele-de-France, which is using 3D-printed custom camera attachments to achieve tilt-shift visual effects; Representatives of the Royal Museum Greenwich said in a statement, “The stigma created by defocus on the edges of the sensor gives the illusion of proximity to Andromeda.”
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Cleverness of LeFudex’s technique made the photo “truly magical,” judge and photographer Ed Robinson said in the statement. The illusion of proximity to Lefudex in the galaxy seemed particularly poignant right now, as many people around the world are practicing social distinctions due to COVID-19 Universal epidemic, Robinson said.
Another standout photo captured by photographer Peter Ward of Australia, “Cosmic Inferno” was the winner in the “Stars and Nebula” category. In his image of NGC 3576, a bright nebula in the Dhanu arm Galaxy The galaxy, Ward used software to look at the surrounding stars, leaving only the fiery tenders of the nebula. Ward mapped the nebula in a raging false color palette – an option to raise awareness recently Forest fire In his home country Down Under, he said in a statement.
Other prezwining photographs dominated the cooler palette, such as the shining greens and blues in “The Green Lady”, captured by photographer Nicholas Rommelt in Norway; And flickering pils photographed at the Finnish Lapland by Timming Cast and pale paleness in “Painting the Sky,”. The winning photos for 2020 were announced yesterday (10 September) at an awards ceremony livestreamed by the Royal Museum Greenwich. Youtube And on Facebook, And can be seen On the competition website.
Located in the UK and open to photographers of all levels, the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s International Competition celebrates outstanding space photography. The judges presented awards for spectacular images of celestial bodies The moon, The sun, auroras and galaxies, and for photos that show people (or those who show the influence of humans) with the night sky. Other categories elevate photographers who are younger than 15 years; Images that combine elements of art and science; And entries that demonstrate innovative image processing of open source data Competition website.
Judge Steve Marsh, an art editor at BBC Sky in Night magazine, said in a statement, “There is really something for everyone, from the vast aurora to the fiery nebula to keep an intimate eye on our close galactic neighbor.”
Photographs from the previous year’s competition are currently on display at the UK’s National Maritime Museum, where they will remain until 13 September, and 2020 contest winners will be on public view from 23 October to 8 August 2021. To Royal Museum Greenwich Website.
Originally published on Live Science.