Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 winners
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Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 winners

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the winners of 2014's Astronomy Photographer of the Year award, after a record number of entries from around the globe. UK astronomer James Woodend won the Overall prize, as well as the Earth and Space category, with his image 'Aurora Over a Glacier Lagoon'. Shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark lll and a 33mm focal length at f/3.5, the image shows a ten-second exposure of an aurora over the Vatnajokull Glacier in Iceland.

Bill Snyder, from the USA, won the Deep Space category with a shot of the Horsehead Nebula, while an image of the same subject won 15-year-old twins Shishir and Shashank Dholakia, from the USA, the Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year title.

The Patrick Moore prize, for a newcomer to astro-photography, went to New Zealander Chris Murphy for a twenty-second exposure of the Wairarapa district of Wellington that he took with his Nikon D600. This is the sixth year that the competition has run, attracting over 2500 images, the best of which make up a free exhibition at The Royal Observatory that will run until February 2015. A book also accompanies the show.

To see more of the winning entries, and for information about this year's competition, visit the Royal Museums Greenwich website.