Astronomy Photographer of the Year

The shortlisted images from 2021's Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition hosted by the Greenwich Royal Observatory have been revealed today. The largest astrophotography competition in the world, showcases the very best space photography from a global community of photographers.

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that my photograph Arctic Love captured in Norway made it to the shortlist from more than 4500 entries from 75 countries worldwide in Aurorae category!

My image will be included in this year's book and the Exhibition. This year’s exhibition will be open to the public 18 September 2021 – 7 August 2022 (if no lockdowns) at the Royal Museums Greenwich. The awards ceremony will take place online on Thursday 16 September, where the overall winners will be announced!

The story behind the image:

The Aurora forecast was incredible that evening, but the weather forecast expected clouds later at night. My friends had a very long discussion in the car about where to go for the Aurora hunt. Knowing how unpredictable the Arctic weather can be, I felt I had to make a quick decision, and I asked them to drop me off at my favourite beach. I saw the heart-shaped stone the day before, and I wished to capture the lights dancing around it! As soon as I set up my tripod and found my desired composition, the mystical green lights lit up the sky! The show lasted a few minutes only before the thick cloud blanket rolled in. Still, what a treat!

Captured in September 2020 at Uttakleiv Beach in Lofoten, Norway

Camera: Canon 5DMK IV

Lens: ZEISS Milvus 18mm f/2.8 ZE for Canon

Tripod: RRS TVC-24L Series 2 Mk2, RRS BH-55 Ballhead