The Greatest Milky Way Photographers Of The Year Show The Perfection Of Our Galaxy

“Deadvlei” by Stefan Liebermann. Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia.

The trees present in Deadvlei have been dying for 500 years. Trees in the Namib-Naukluft Park in Namibia were grown after the flooding of the local rivers nearby. But, soon dried off with the shift of the sand dunes. 

This panorama image shows the stripe of our Milky Way Galaxy as an arch in the night sky.

The blog "Capture the Atlas" is popular for its breathtaking image gallery of the Milky Way photos. The site performed a valuable task by presenting a calendar charting the best times to shoot the pictures of the Milky Way. Their editor, Dan Zafra pays attention to the annual competition of choosing the best 25 out of the Milky Way photographers around the world.

This sequence is an annual tradition at Capture the Atlas. Zafra and the community mainly focus on featuring famous astrophotographers and highlighting the talents of the contestants. This is one such selected sequence of images that were from 14 different countries in the world. This also includes some images that spotlight the look of the Milky Way when seen from remote locations such as Antarctica.

These photographs help the photographers as well as the travelers to improve the adventurous spirit inside them. Each image has a different type of story behind that and those stories make us realize that what we look at is not a mere photograph but something more than that.

If you are one who is interested in photography plus astrology you might also get inspired to make your own shot of the Milky Way. Be on alert during the upcoming months since June is the perfect duration to view the Galactic Core of the Milky Way as it's visible for a long time during June.

Here are the best out of many Milky Way photos in 2020.

1. “Milky Way over Parque Nacional del Teide” by Mehmet Ergün. Tenerife, Spain.

This shot was taken on one of the most beautiful islands: Tenerife which contains unlimited possibilities to enjoy the glory of nature. The night sky of Tenerife is quite well-known for astrophotography and stargazing.

2. “Alien Eggs” by Debbie Heyer. Badlands of New Mexico, USA.

"The Badlands of New Mexico appears like an otherworldly destination. It resembles an alien planet and you too will believe in the existence of aliens after seeing the mysterious things out there. There's a huge possibility for you to get lost when you explore this place. Fortunately, I had a group of friends who knew the place very well. Therefore, we got a better experience at this paradise of photography. This is one of the shots of the Milky Way that was captured during my visit there last October."

3. “Winter Milky Way” by Dr. Nicholas Roemmelt. Marmolada, Dolomites, Italy.

In Astro-landscape photography, the Milky Way is quite ignored during the early spring and the winter seasons. But, some people are keen on the colorful constellations, bright stars, and fainter elements of this part of the galaxy while the galactic core is beneath the horizon.

4. “Nightmare” by Michael Goh. Dumbleyung Lake, Australia.

Dumbleyung Lake is considered as a salt lake that is located in Western Australia. This specific lake had been surrounded by several trees that have died due to the high levels of salty water in the lake. This incident, though bad, adds up a nice effect to the image as we see the trees clawing up themselves in respect to the night sky. The panorama is made much better than expected with the tentacles of the trees and the brightness of the moonlight. The photographer has used his self-portrait style to add more depth to the picture.

5. “Gran Firmamento” by Jorgelina Alvarez. Marambio Base, Antarctica.

This is a night that is full of hidden feelings. According to what the photographer said, he is quite attracted to Mars, Saturn, Venus, and Jupiter. The galactic core in the image is hidden among thousands of stars with the snowy landscape.

6. “Desert Nights” by Peter Zelinka. Alabama Hills, California, USA.

I never miss stopping by the Alabama hills whenever I travel through California. This is the snow-capped Sierra Mountains, an iconic location in the USA with dusty roads and unique rock formations.

I had a chance to spend a few nights camping beneath the night stars and suddenly found this perfect arch in the sky when I wandered through the bushes to find out the shining Milky Way.

7. “Alone & Together in the Stardust” by Marco Carotenuto. The Sahara desert.

How about spending the night in the heart of a desert? It is an experience that is indescribable using words or pictures. How would it be without electricity, without water, without civilians, and a cellular network? You will feel the real meaning of humanity while forgetting about the daily routines in life.

8. “Heavenly Throne” by Ryan Smith. Southwest USA.

I took this picture with the Canon EOS Ra; It's a mirrorless astrophotography camera that has a built-in infrared-cutting filter (positioned immediately in front of the CMOS imaging sensor). This camera permits approximately 4x as much transmission of hydrogen-alpha rays vs. standard digital cameras. It helped me a lot to have a descriptive image of the Milky Way that could make a change in the ordinary field of astrophotography.

9. “Double Arch” by Pablo Ruiz García. Picos de Europa, Spain.

This rock shaped like an arch is located in the “La Hermida” gorge, in the Picos de Europa mountain range in Spain.

Although I started with the intention of capturing the galactic core, it gradually changed to shoot a couple of overlapped arches at that time of the year (late spring). The Milky Way was not that high when I caught this on my camera.

10. “Elemental” by Miles Morgan. Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii, USA.

This was shot during a trip to Hawaii. On one particular evening at the island, I witnessed a hub of planetary items aligning around the plume at the Halema’uma’u crater.

However, I managed to capture the Milky Way and the lava at the same time during the night.

11. “A Night at the Caves” by Sam Sciluna. Ta Marija Cave, Malta, Italy.

I was interested in capturing the center of the Milky Way over the entrance to ‘Ta Marija’ cave for years. I was unsuccessful though I tried to capture it several times. But, it was last July when my dream came true and I managed to get a better shot of the core.

12. “Good Night Utah” by Julio Castro. Kanab, Utah, USA.

I had a personal obsession to take a photo soon after I visited this location in 2017.

I headed back to the same place in May and received this opportunity on a cloudy night with the opened-up sky just before dawn. I captured the arch of the Milky Way over the “wave” of rock that seemed to surround the two hills.

13. “Base Camp” by Giulio Cobianchi. Dolomites, Italy.

Shooting the Milky Way throughout the whole year is one of my favorites. The winter season fascinates me even more due to the combination of snow and the cooler colors of the Milky Way. But, shooting amidst all these conditions was challenging for me.

14. “Enchanted Monastery” by Ramón Morcillo. Ávila, Spain.

I had been wondering about capturing an old monastery under the Milky Way in the Spanish mountains for months. The monastery that I chose was an Augustinian convent that was founded in 1504. It is called the “Monastery of Our Lady of the Crag”. I went through a long challenging journey and ended up in a magical location where I had the chance to make my dream a reality.

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