The 15 Best Milky Way Photos of 2021

The 15 Best Milky Way Photos of 2021

The winners of the 2021 Milky Way Photographer of the Year have been announced, and they’re providing some of the best views of our galaxy that we’ve ever seen.

Identifying individual stars in the night sky is pretty cool, but nothing compares to the view of the Milky Way as it stretches overhead. Stars are stark and lonely, but the Milky Way actually makes us feel like we’re part of something, even if that something is a spiral galaxy that measures more than 100,000 light years across.

Each year, Capture the Atlas, a travel photo blog, honours the best photos of our home galaxy. This year’s crop includes 25 images by 25 different photographers hailing from 14 different countries. Dan Zafra, editor of Capture the Atlas, selected the winners, choosing from a mix of professional and amateur photographers. Here are 15 winning photos from the 2021 Milky Way Photographer of the Year.

GranTeCan

The Watchman

Temple of the Sun

Navajo Nights

ADK Magic

Dragon’s Lair

Dragon's Lair, Mungo, NSW, Australia. (Image: Daniel Thomas Gum/2021 Milky Way photographer of the year) Dragon’s Lair, Mungo, NSW, Australia. (Image: Daniel Thomas Gum/2021 Milky Way photographer of the year)

Nyctophilia

Mt. Taranaki Milky Way

Rising From the Dust

Paradise

Night Lovers

Riaño

Chamber of Light

Volcano and Cross

Devil’s Throat