Capture the Atlas hosts the prestigious Milky Way Photographer of the Year competition.
For space enthusiasts, the Milky Way Photographer of the Year competition is a must-see, showcasing captivating photos from around the world that capture the beauty and intricacy of the night sky. These remarkable images were captured in diverse locations such as Namibia, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. Presented by the photography blog Capture the Atlas, the unveiling of this year’s collection of 25 winning images took place on Wednesday, leaving viewers in awe of the universe’s magnificence.
“Modern cameras can capture vibrant details and colours in the night sky beyond what our eyes can see. However, what really matters in any great image is the photographer behind the camera, who provides the idea, plan, and creativity to bring the image to life,” Capture the Atlas stated on its blog.
Captured in Yemen’s Socotra, the first photo in the collection showcases a breathtaking view of the stars peeking through the gaps between trees. The sky is adorned with captivating hues of pink and purple, leaving viewers in awe of its beauty.
Transporting us to Argentina’s Cafayate Desert, the second picture presents a striking contrast between the expansive emptiness of the desert and the brilliantly illuminated sky above. The vastness of the landscape further accentuates the celestial spectacle.
Continuing the exploration of the Milky Way’s grandeur, the remaining photos in the collection offer captivating glimpses of its magnificence. To view all the mesmerizing images, visit the website of Capture the Atlas, where they are showcased in their full glory.
✨THE 2023 MILKYWAY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR✨https://t.co/gaSaoIlrS5
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A few photography tips for the Stargazers
According to Capture the Atlas, the Milky Way season varies depending on the hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere, it occurs from February to October, while in the Southern Hemisphere, it can be observed from January to November. The optimal period for Milky Way photography in both hemispheres is typically from May to June.
For space photography enthusiasts, Capture the Atlas blog provides valuable tips for capturing the Milky Way with your camera. These include setting the aperture to its widest possible setting and adjusting the exposure to a range between 3200 and 6400. The blog also recommends that the best time to witness the Milky Way is typically between 00:00 and 5:00 during nights with a new moon within the Milky Way season. Additionally, factors such as sunrise/sunset times, Milky Way visibility, and the moon’s phase should be taken into consideration for successful photography.