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Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 Winners

*Embargoed until 00.01 BST on 18 September 2014*

The Horsehead Nebula (IC 434) © Bill Snyder (USA) – WINNER
The Horsehead Nebula is one of the most photographed objects in the night sky, but this image portrays it in a brand new light. The photographer draws the eye down to the creased and folded landscape of gas and dust at its base rather than focusing solely on the silhouette of the horsehead itself. Snyder also includes the glowing cavity surrounding a bright star situated to the lower left of the horsehead.