Luc Jamet took this photo from the Sassendalen valley in the Norwegian territory of Svalbard on March 20.
“The total solar eclipse was one of the astronomical highlights of the year and Luc Jamet has captured it perfectly,” Royal Observatory public astronomer Marek Kukula said in a statement announcing the winners of the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 competition.
“I love the way that the icy landscape of Svalbard reflects and intensifies the evocative colors of the sky — colors that only occur during the few minutes of totality, and which make any eclipse an unforgettable experience,” he added.
However, as he walked down the mountain, he saw the reflection of a stunning green aurora on the side of the mountain, and took the picture.
The M33 Core photo by Michael van Doom from the Netherlands depicts a galaxy ‘far, far away’: three million light years away from our planet. Moreover, it represents one of the most distant objects visible to the naked eye.
In the ‘People and Space’ category, this photo of Sunset Peak Star Trail demonstrates camp shelters on the third highest mountain in Hong Kong, 869 meters high.
Another astronomical highlight this year has been nebulae, so the prize for Best Newcomer went to David Tolliday from the UK who captured the Orion Nebula, 1,300 light years from Earth.