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Photo by Nicolai Brugger
The world's best astrophotographers applied to the Royal Observatory's Astronomy Photographer of the Year award. The observatory received nearly 5,000 applications, more than any of the previous 10 years of the competition.
The photos came from all over the world and featured, among other things, a beetle, a range of landscapes... and the Eye of Sauron.
Photo by Stefan Liebermann
The competition's rules are pretty lax. You need to be over 16 (a legal adult in Greenwich) and that's pretty much it.
Photo by Connor Matherne
Competitions with such wide open parameters usually formulate the best applications because it allows the photographers full creative control.
Photo by Miguel Claro
The winners of the contest will be announced in September, but in the meantime, enjoy these wonderful shortlisted photos.
Photo by Marcin Zajac
Photo by James Stone
Photo by Robin Stuart
Photo by Majid Ghohroodi
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Photo by Andrew Campbell
This photo by Andrew Campbell is a personal favorite because Campbell and I are both nerds. It's entitled, "Deep in the Heart of Mordor."
Photo by Jason Perry
Photo by Masoud Ghadiri
Photo by Eddie Trimarchi
Photo by Raul Villaverde Fraile
Photo by Steven Mohr
Photo by Bernard Miller and Martin Pugh
Photo by Peter Feltoti
Photo by Jordi Delpeix Borrell
Photo by Alan Friedman
Photo by Alastair Woodward
Photo by Bai Yifan