The winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year Competition, organized by the Greenwich Royal Observatory and known as the 'Oscar' award in astronomy, have been announced. 14-year-old Yang Hanwen and Zhou Zezhen became champions in the 16 and under category with their photo titled “Andromeda Galaxy: Neighbor”.
The jury team of the competition evaluated the photo of the two young people as follows: “A very natural-looking view of the Andromeda Galaxy. It showcased the excellent level of shooting of young photographers while demonstrating their extraordinary talent in manipulating the photo.”
China Media Group interviewed Yang Hanwen and Zhou Zhenze. Yang recalled that he met Zhou online for his hobby of astronomy shooting. Pointing out that he was responsible for the photo shoot, Yang said that Zhou processed the photo on the computer.
Yang noted that the Andromeda Galaxy, or Messier 31 (M31), is one of the Milky Way's closest and largest neighbors. Pointing out that he started to learn astronomy photography because he admired the star-filled sky when he returned to his hometown, Zhou stated that this time he was responsible for processing the photograph on the computer.