Stare off into Space: Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Transport the Soul © Brad Goldpaint

Liverpool’s World Museum showcases the Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition, celebrating the 50th anniversary (that’s half a century!) of the moon landing. Taking place from 3rd May to 1st September 2019, the collection features 100 magnificent photographs, including winners and shortlisted candidates from last year’s competition. You don’t have to be an astronomer to appreciate the beauty of these images.

Organised by Royal Observatory Greenwich, the competition received 540 submissions during its inaugural year, growing to 4200 entries by 2018. These photographs were sent from 91 countries across the globe, proving that despite our different cultures, we all have something in common: our fascination with outer space.

Up against thousands of other competitors, both amateur and professional, Brad Goldpoint earned first place with his shot, Transport the Soul, for the People in Space section and overall. The piece captures a fellow astrophotographer taking pictures of the milky way, which floats above the scenic landscape of Moab, Utah.

The team of expert judges also present an award for the best newcomer, under the Sir Patrick Moore prize, won by Tianhong Li with Galaxy Curtain Call Performance. Shedding light on up and coming hopefuls of our newest generation, the Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year award accepts submissions from ages 16 and under, producing astonishing results. Fabian Dalpiaz takes first prize in his section, with Great Autumn Morning.

‘Each year it produces images that broaden our perception of the universe,’ says Senior Curator, Dr Geraldine Reid, when asked about the exhibition. This really isn’t one to miss, and with free entry there’s no excuse not to go and take a selfie against the #AstroPhotoLiverpool themed backdrop!

While you’re there, why not check out the Space Gallery and the immersive, full-dome Planetarium?