On 12 Sep 19 Royal Museums Greenwich celebrated the launch of the 11th edition of the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition with an Awards Ceremony in the National Maritime Museum. The competition is the worlds leading astrophotography exhibition, receiving 4,602 entries from 90 in 2019.
The evening began at 7 as 200 guests filed in the Stanhope entrance for a drinks and canape reception. The guest-list was a mix of entrants from as far away as China & Australia, as well as museum guests, Insight Investment staff, judges and astro VIP’s. At 8, when twilight finally fell the guests ascended to the Great Map for the awards led by comedian Jon Culshaw and judge Tom Kerss. After a few quick words from RMG Director Paddy Rodgers and Insight Global Head of Marketing David Chellew the prize-giving began.
The ceremony began with the Young Winners, followed by Aurorae, Galaxies, Our Moon, Our Sun, People and Space, Planets, Comets and Asteroids, Skyscapes, Stars and Nebulae. Next was the last prize for Robotic Scope, which going forward will be replaced with the Annie Maunder Prize for Image Innovation. Chris Bramley of BBC Sky at Night presented the Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer and finally László Francsics was awarded overall winner for 2019 for ‘Into the Shadow‘, depicting the 35 phases of the 21 Jan 19 total lunar eclipse.
After the ceremony the exhibition gallery opened to guests, as the RMG marketing team live-streamed interviews with judges, winners and contestants including a father and son Rob and Tom Mogford, both shortlisted in 2019. Huge thanks to the marketing team as well for running #astrophoto19 so you can track guests enjoying the awards! Shout out too to Alysia Calderwood and exhibition project management team, and to Palette for the catering and to SLX for the world-class event production.
Finally a huge thank you to Insight Investment for their continued support of the museum and of astrophotography.
Photos by Greg Allen and © National Maritime Museum 2019
Additional photos by Matt Blythe