Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Mark Gee

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Winner Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Mark Gee

Guiding Light to the Stars

Canon 5D Mk III, 24-70mm lens, composite of 20 images

The Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition saw some exceptional photography in 2013, but Mark Gee's image of the skies of the Southern Hemisphere was the standout winner. Showing the central regions of the Milky Way Galaxy (26,000 light years away), Mark's image is a tremendous technical feat that was captured with the Canon 5D Mk III. ‘The 5D is my astro- photography workhorse,' Mark says. ‘Its full-frame sensor is ideal for capturing as much light as possible, and it performs exceptionally well at high ISOs, which is required for capturing the beauty of the night sky.' Mark also praises the f/2.8 maximum aperture of the Canon EF 24-70mm, which is vital for getting as much light onto the sensor as possible. He's currently eyeing up the Canon 6D as a backup camera for its high ISO low-light performance. ‘Word on the street is that it out-performs the 5D Mk III in that department,' he says.

About the Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Mark's image and others from this year's competition are currently exhibiting at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, where they will be on display until 23 February 2014.