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Stunning Astronomy Pictures: Winners of the ASTRO2021 Photo Contest

Everyday we hear about a lot of environmental issues that are harming humans in one way or the other. Light pollution is one of those problems. It is the excessive use of artificial outdoor lighting and has affected the world’s ecosystems and human health. Moreover, it is impossible for us to look at the wonders of the night sky when artificial light is used during the dark.

With growing world, we have forgotten to value the stars. So, Save a Star Foundation (SAS) has been founded by a night photographer to save the night sky. The main goal of this group is to reduce the artificial light pollution. They educate the public and local governments and motivate them towards saving the stars for the younger children.

The SAS has started ASTRO2021 to minimize the light pollution. It is an international photography contest of the sky and this year’s title of Astronomy Photographer was given to Australia’s Andy Campbell for capturing a large star, the Lobster Nebula (NCG 6357). The Nightscape Photography prize went to New Zealand’s Larryn Rae.

Several other categories including planets, stars, and comets have been placed in the list. You can enjoy these and many more by following this link!

Lobster Fra Diavolo (NGC 6357 by Andy Campbell (Australia). Astronomy Photographer of 2021
“The Silver Dollar” by Patrick Winkler (Austria). Winner, Galaxies
“Sun Spot Hill” by Jordi Coy (Spain). Winner, The Moon, The Sun.
“Palm Land Under Stars” by Mohammad Sadeq Hayati (Iran). Winner, Milky Way
“Neowise” by Lukáš Veselý (Czech Republic). Winner, Comets, Meteors
Into Infinity by Larryn Rae (New Zealand). Nightscape Photographer of 2021
Mountain Basecamp by Larryn Rae (New Zealand). Nightscape Photographer of 2021
“Kaleidoscope” by Marybeth Kiczenski (United States). Winner, Aurorae
Deep in the Heart of Mordor (NGC 7293) by Andy Campbell (Australia). Astronomy Photographer of 2021
“Rainbow Stars Rain” by Louis Leroux-Gere (France). Winner, Star Trails
“C/2020 M3 (ATLAS) and the Nebulae of Auriga” by Lionel Majzik (Hungary). Winner, Planets, Asteroids
“The Galactic Center” by Mehmet Ergün (Germany). Winner, Stars, Nebulae
Blue Chilli Nebula (Vela SNR) by Andy Campbell (Australia). Astronomy Photographer of 2021
Taranaki Trails by Larryn Rae (New Zealand). Nightscape Photographer of 2021
Godafoss Flow by Larryn Rae (New Zealand). Nightscape Photographer of 2021
Lambda Centauri Vorte (IC 2944) by Andy Campbell (Australia). Astronomy Photographer of 2021
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