The celestial vault offers some of the most beautiful natural spectacles to behold. Provided you are in the right place at the right time. At nightfall, the sky is indeed transformed into an expanse populated by thousands of sparkling points, witnesses of the stars that inhabit our galaxy, the Milky Way, stretching over more than a hundred thousand light-years.
Immortalizing this show is not easy. But photographers do it wonderfully. The Milky Way Photographer of the Year is here to testify. Organized by the site specializing in travel and photography, Capture the Atlasthis competition aims to reward the most beautiful photos of the Milky Way captured around the world.
And the winners of the 2022 edition, the fifth, have just been revealed. To compile the winners, Dan Zafra, astrophotographer and editor of Capture the Atlashas reviewed all the photos taken during the year, retaining the works of renowned photographers as well as new talents and emphasizing new places.
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IN IMAGES, IN PICTURES The most beautiful photos of the Milky Way rewarded in 2022 by Capture The Atlas
This year, the selection thus includes 25 photographers of 14 nationalities and their shots taken in 12 countries as varied as the United States, Australia, Chile, Argentina, Egypt, France, Slovakia, Japan or even China. The photo of Alvin Wu, for example, transports you to Tibet, on a frozen lake – the Pumoungcuo – perched at some 5,000 meters above sea level.
“At night, in temperatures of -20°C, you can hear the sound of ice cracking as you contemplate the most beautiful winter sky. The icy, bluish surface and the magnificent constellation of Orion create a fantastic landscape“, described the photographer. “I was so happy to have these stars as my companions on that magical night“.
Other award-winning photos: that of Rachel Roberts immortalized on Motukiekie beach which is home to “some of the darkest and most underrated skies” from New Zealand or that of Efrén Yanes captured through a coastal cave on the island of Tenerife in the Spanish archipelago of the Canaries.
To photograph the Milky Way as it should, it is better to choose your moment. According to Capture the Atlas, the best period generally extends from May to June when the hours of visibility of the Milky Way are maximum for the two hemispheres. It is also advisable to choose a place devoid of any light pollution.
>> Discover a selection of award-winning photos by the Milky Way Photographer of the Year 2022.
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