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Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 Winners

*Embargoed until 00.01 BST on 18 September 2014*

EARTH & SPACE:
Totality From Above the Clouds © Catalin Beldea (Romania) — HIGHLY COMMENDED
A fantastic view of one of nature’s greatest spectacles, a total solar eclipse, taken from an airplane, 3200m above Turkana, Kenya. The photographer was due to shoot this rare occurrence from the eastern shore of Lake Turkana but a huge sand-storm hit the region forty minutes before totality. However, the pilot of the plane decided to fly the plane to intercept the eclipse, and Beldea was lucky enough to capture the phenomenon, which lasted a mere ten seconds, through the open door of the small airplane.