Australian photographer Mark Gee has beaten thousands of people across the world to be crowned Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013.
His startling shot of the Milky Way with a beam from a lighthouse was commended by judges for its depth and clarity.
As well as securing the £1,500 top prize, his image takes pride of place in the exhibition of winning photographs opening at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on 19 September 2013.
There were several other categories including ‘Earth and Space’, ‘Deep Space’ and ‘Our Solar System’, among others.
The transit of Venus, comets, nebulae, aurorae and more can be found in the images on display. Winning entries have come from all around the world in another record-breaking year, with more images entered than ever before.
For information about entering next year’s competition visit www.rmg.co.uk/astrophoto.