Pugh impressed the judges in this year’s competition with the depth and clarity of his winning shot depicting the famous Whirlpool Galaxy (M51). The image combines incredible detail in the galaxy’s spiral arms with the faint tails of light that show M51’s small companion galaxy being gradually torn apart by the gravity of its giant neighbour; a closer look also reveals more distant galaxies beyond.
Deep Space category winner, and overall winner: M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy by Martin Pugh (Australia)
Earth and Space category highly commended: Summer Nights in Michigan by Michael A Rosinski (USA). This long-exposure image contrasts the regular arcs of star trails with the chaotic swarming of fireflies - celestial, natural and manmade light are captured in a single photograph.