The composite photo shows Jupiter and its two moons Io and Ganymede (Picture: Damian Peach)
Peach beat hundreds of rivals from around the world with this shot of Jupiter and two of its moons – Io and Ganymede.
Competition judge and Royal Observatory public astronomer Dr Marek Kukula deemed Mr Peach’s winning image ‘amazing’.
‘There were so many beautiful images this year but this one really stood out for me,’ she added. ‘It looks like a Hubble picture. The detail in Jupiter’s clouds and storms is incredible, and the photographer has also managed to capture detail on two of the planet’s moons which is remarkable for an image taken from the ground.’
Sir Patrick Moore, another panel judge, said: ‘The standard of this year’s entries was first class, as always, but this picture is a very worthy winner against extremely strong competition.’
As well as the £1,500 top prize, Damian’s image gets a top spot in an exhibition of the winning photographs over the years, which opens at the Royal Observatory Greenwich this week.
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