Dazzling display for Astronomy Photographer of the Year

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.

The winning entry, 'Guiding Light to the Stars'
The overall winning entry, 'Guiding Light to the Stars' Credit: Mark Gee

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

Runner up
Runner up Credit: Fredrik Broms

Highly commended: A Quadruple Lunar Halo, by Dani Caxete

Highly commended:
Highly commended Credit: Dani Caxete

Highly commended: Icy Visitor, by Fredrik Broms

Highly commended
Highly commended Credit: Fredrik Broms

Highly commended: Snowy Range Perseid Meteor Shower, by David Kingham

Highly commended
Highly commended Credit: David Kingham

Winner of Deep Space category: Celestial Impasto Sh2-239 by Adam Block

Winner of Deep Space category:
Winner of Deep Space category: Credit: Adam Block

Winner of People and Space category: Moon Silhouettes, by Mark Gee

Winner of People and Space category
Winner of People and Space category Credit: Mark Gee

Winner of Robotic Scope category: The Trapezium Cluster and Surrounding Nebulae, by László Francsics

Winner of Robotic Scope category Credit: László Francsics

Winner of Young Astronomer category: The Milky Way Galaxy, by Jacob Marchio

Winner of Young Astronomer category Credit: Jacob Marchio