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Highly Commended in the 'Young Astronomy Photographer' category. 'The Windows District' by Eric Dewar, Canada, aged 15. By keeping the camera shutter open this young photographer gathers precious light, making the desert scenery seem as bright as day. But the stars in the blue sky give the game away, showing that this dramatic photograph was actually taken in the middle of the night. (Eric Dewar/ Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013)

Highly Commended in the 'Young Astronomy Photographer' category. 'The Windows District' by Eric Dewar, Canada, aged 15. By keeping the camera shutter open this young photographer gathers precious light, making the desert scenery seem as bright as day. But the stars in the blue sky give the game away, showing that this dramatic photograph was actually taken in the middle of the night. (Eric Dewar/ Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013)

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013

A beautiful shot of the Milky Way has won the prestigious Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013. Now in its fifth year, the competition received a record number of entries - more than 1200 from 49 countries. All of the category winners, runners-up and commended images will be exhibited at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London, until 23 February 2014.