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Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 winner announced

A record-breaking number of photographers across the world entered the 2014 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, spearheaded by The Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with BBC Sky at Night Magazine, and today the winner has been announced. 

British photographer James Woodend beat over 2,500 professional and amateur entrants to claim the title and £1,500 top prize. His shot, of a green aurora playing on the Icelandic night sky and reflected in a lagoon (pictured above), will take pride of place at the Royal Observatory Greenwich's exhibition of winning photographs from the competition, which runs until 22nd February 2015.

Now in its sixth year, the popularity of the competition has grown by 40% on last year, and a massive 221% since it was launched in 2009, with the competitions highest number of entrants from over 50 countries around the world. 

© Rune Johan Engeboe

The full list of winners  from this year's competition can be viewed here.

Last year's awards at the Royal Observatory:

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