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sharpiefan
09-19-2017, 07:21 PM
Astrophotographer of the Year Awards (LINK) (http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/astrophotographer-of-the-year-awards-announced/)

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"The Clouds of Ophiuchi" by Artem Mironov,
Grand Prize Winner



Every year, thousands of astrophotographers from around the globe compete in several categories based on the astronomical subject matter, including Stars and Nebulae, Aurorae, Skyscapes, and several others. This year the contest drew more than 3,800 entries from 90 countries.

Russian photographer Artem Mironov took the grand prize of £10,000 for his deep, colorful image entitled "The Rho Ophiuchi Clouds."

Judges were impressed by Mironov's innovative composition and processing of this picturesque stellar nursery that straddles the border of the constellations Ophiuchus and Scorpius. Competition judge and Royal Observatory Public Astronomer, Dr Marek Kukula states, “There's an astonishing richness of color and structurein this gorgeous image. It’s a popular part ofthe sky for astrophotographers, but this imageshows it to us in a fresh light with a sense of mystery in thechurning clouds of gas and dust, reminding us that there’s still so much to discover out there. A dazzling cornerof our galaxy captured perfectly.”

Paul Pless
09-20-2017, 09:57 AM
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