Top Astrophotography Photos of 2016 and Contest Winner

Longing by Simon Helms

A few weeks ago we launched our first photo contest Shooting for the Stars and the results are in! Now we’re excited to share some of the spectacular submissions and winner. 2016 has been an unforgettable year in our universe and few images capture that better than these shots of the Milky Way, planets and stars above.

Enjoy the amazing astrophotographs below, which will likely have you “longing” for more like the title of our winner this year by Simon Helms:

“longing” by Simon Helms


“lay with me stargazing” by Simon Helms

lay with me stargazing

“aspiration” by Simon Helms


“Milky way stretching over an old barn in the country” by Reid Collins

Milky way stretching over an old barn in the country

“The Carina nebula” by Daniel Nicolae

The Carina nebula

“Northern Lights panorama” by Frank Olsen

Northern Lights panorama

“Aurora Borealis and the Milky Way” by Kaila Walton

Aurora Borealis and the Milky Way

“From a Galaxy Far, Far Away…” by Benjamin Maze

'From a Galaxy Far, Far Away...'

Falling Star by Thomas Kuipers

Falling Star

Milky Way Barn by Mark Sedgwick

Milky Way Barn

Check out more #astrophotography on DashBurst and stay tuned for our next contest coming soon!

Daniel Zeevi

By Daniel Zeevi

Daniel is a social network architect, web developer, infographic designer, writer, speaker and founder of DashBurst. Full-time futurist and part-time content curator, always on the hunt for disruptive new technology, creative art and web humor.