Australian photographer Mark Gee has beaten over a thousand amateur and professional photographers from around the world to win the title of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013.
His image will now take pride of place in the exhibition of winning photographs opening at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
Judges were impressed with with the depth and clarity of his winning shot, depicting a star-riddled Milky Way alongside the beam from a lighthouse on Cape Palliser, shining out towards the sea.
Here are some of the other dazzling entries.
Runner up: Green Energy, by Fredrik Broms
Highly commended: A Quadruple Lunar Halo, by Dani Caxete
Highly commended: Icy Visitor, by Fredrik Broms
Highly commended: Snowy Range Perseid Meteor Shower, by David Kingham
Winner of Deep Space category: Celestial Impasto Sh2-239 by Adam Block
Winner of People and Space category: Moon Silhouettes, by Mark Gee
Winner of Robotic Scope category: The Trapezium Cluster and Surrounding Nebulae, by László Francsics
Winner of Young Astronomer category: The Milky Way Galaxy, by Jacob Marchio