The Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018 title goes to American photographer Brad Goldpaint, who wins the award for a stunning image of the milky way and the Andromeda galaxy over a dramatic red rock formation in Moab, Utah. Brad also pockets the £10,000 top prize.

“For me this superb image is emblematic of everything it means to be an astrophotographer; the balance between light and dark, the contrasting textures and tones of land and sky and the photographer alone under a starry canopy of breathtaking scale and beauty,” said one of the judges, Will Gater.

The Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year award goes to 15-year-old Fabian Dalpiaz from Italy, a runner-up in last year’s competition, who took his winning picture of a meteor passing over the Dolomites before going to school. Fabian gets a £5000 prize for his efforts and never-say-die spirit.

The other category winners were also really eye-catching, a particular favourite of AP’s being Steven Mohr’s image of the NGC 3521 galaxy.

For all the category winners and details of the current competition, click here

How to photograph the stars and milky way.