Amateur astronomer Damien Peach has become the first British winner of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year at the National Maritime Museum.
Judged by a panel including Sir Patrick Moore, Peach's depiction of Jupiter, which includes two of its 64 moons, has won the £1,500 top prize and star billing at the intergalactic exhibition, which opened to the public today (September 9 2011).
Here's his shot, plus the winners of the other categories in the hotly-contested awards...
Peach's Jupiter with Io and Ganymede won the Our Solar System heat and the overall award, showing the surface of the gas giant streaked with colourful bands and dotted with huge oval storms. The photos in this composite image were taken from Barbados.© Damian Peach
Lunar Eclipse and Occultation won 15-year-old Indian photographer Jathin Premjith the Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year title. Capturing the lunar eclipse of June 15 2011, it shows the moon lit red by sunlight filtered through the earth's atmosphere - a fleeting astronomical event.© Jathin Premjith
Galactic Paradise, by Turkey's Tunç Tezel, won the Earth and Space race. It starts the southern Milky Way, viewed over hilltops lined with palm trees just outside the village of Oneroa on the coast of Mangaia in the Cook Islands. The panorama was made using nine 30 second exposures, with the humidity and moisture creating the diffusion and colour effects on the stars.© Tunç Tezel
Vela Supernova Remnant, by Marco Lorenzi (Italy), won the Deep Space competition. It reveals the aftermath of a supernova explosion - the violent death of a star many times more massive than the Sun which took place more than 10,000 years ago.© Marco Lorenzi
Stargazing, by American Jeffrey Sullivan, was the People and Space winner, featuring a self-portrait of the photographer silhouetted on a hilltop in the Sierra Nevada mountain range under the glittering band of the Milky Way, which contains hundreds of billions of stars in a disc-like structure.© Jeffrey Sullivan
Zodiacal Light on the Farm, by American Harley Grady, won the Best Newcomer nod. The glow of Zodiacal Light reaching into the sky above a barn in Comanche, Texas, is visible only in extremely dark skies. Zodiacal Light results from sunlight reflecting off dust particles in our Solar System.© Harley Grady
Lorenzi's Shell Galaxies secured the Robotic Telescope award, showing three distant galaxies located in the constellation of Pisces. In the upper left of this photograph, faint billowing shapes can be seen in the outer regions of an elliptical galaxy, which can contain up to a trillion rugby ball-shaped stars.© Marco Lorenzi
- The Astronomy Photographer of the Year show is at the National Maritime Museum until February 5 2012. For full pictures and more of the entries visit www.nmm.ac.uk/astrophoto.