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Astronomy photographer of the year : prize-winning images by top astrophotographers
2015
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  Library Journal Review

Organized by the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, in association with BBC Sky at Night magazine, the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition receives entries from amateur astronomers around the world. The best proposals of the competition's first six years (2009-14) have been compiled in this beautiful book. The photographs are arranged into four categories: Earth and space, our solar system, deep space, and young astronomy photographer of the year. Each includes the winner, runner-up, and three highly commended submissions; the overall winner is then chosen from the top contender of each category and featured at the end of the book. Throughout the volume are spectacular cosmic images in fine detail and brilliant colors, such as the Milky Way, the Northern Lights, planets, galaxies, and nebulae. In addition, each photo is accompanied by the comments of the artist and the judges, information on the type of equipment used to obtain the shot, and background about the captured object. This book also features a guide to astrophotography, which includes techniques on taking photos with a telescope, using DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) lenses to take long exposures, and selecting the best digital photo imaging software. VERDICT Recommended strongly for anyone with an interest in astronomy or photography, this work would also make for a terrific coffee-table book. © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

If a picture is worth a thousand words, this collection of the prize-winning images of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition is worth at least 250,000. These extraordinary photographs of starscapes, planets, galaxies, and nebulas, as well as of Earth's night sky, celebrate the triumph of digital imaging technology and the artistic talent of amateur astrophotographers from around the world. Each photograph is supplemented with background information on its creator, the depicted astronomical phenomenon, the equipment used, and the judges' remarks. Thematically, images are arranged into three categories: "Earth and Space," "Our Solar System," and "Deep Space." These are followed by a selection of the winners from the past six years of the competition, organized by the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, and run in association with BBC's Sky at Night magazine. Large and beautifully designed, the book should appeal to astronomy aficionados as well as readers with more casual interest. Its visual language knows no boundaries. The images open the door for readers' imaginations, offering views into the unchartered territory of human creativity that has emerged in the new era of astrophotography, which Terence Dickinson (The Backyard Astronomer's Guide) describes in his foreword as "the golden age of astronomical imagery." (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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<p>This stunning collection of images from the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition assembles the very best astrophotography from around the world. Organized by the Royal Observatory, the photographs capture an astounding range of astronomical phenomena both within our solar system and far into deep space.</p> <p>The book features four sections: Earth and Space, Our Solar System, Deep Space, and Overall Winners. The images are from the first six years of the competition (2009-2014), and include all the winners from each year along with a carefully curated selection from the shortlists. They are accompanied by notes from the judges and photographer, with background information and camera specifications.</p> <p>From giant storm systems in Jupiter's atmosphere to the colorful, wispy remnants of a supernova explosion and the dazzling green curtain of the Northern Lights, Astronomy Photographer of the Year will appeal to both astrophotographers and beginners who simply enjoy gazing at the night sky.</p>
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