Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2012


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Martin Pugh


I was once again absolutely delighted to have been named the 2012 Astronomy Photographer of the Year on 19 September in a ceremony at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich in the UK. 

The competition received a record amount of entries since the competition began in 2009, making the win even more valuable to me.  I have to say that the standard of entry was remarkable.  

My deep image of the the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) won both the deep-sky category and the overall competition.

Competition judge Will Gater said, ‘‘This is arguably one of the finest images of M51 ever taken by an amateur astronomer. It’s not just the detail in the spiral arms of the galaxy that’s remarkable – look closely and you’ll see many, very distant, galaxies in the background too.’

My congratulations also extend to the other winners.

You can read about the competition and see all the results here.

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