A competition aimed at promoting astrophotography in India has revealed an incredible collection of photos.

This second edition of the competition, which featured exceptional entries across five categories—Solar System, Nightscape, Deep Sky, Best Women Astrophotographer, and Best Mobile Astrophotographer—has revealed the winners of the “Aperture” Indian Astrophotographer of the Year 2023.

Only people of Indian descent, Indian citizens, or Indians living overseas were eligible to enter. Participants in the competition totaled 142, and they submitted an astounding 751 captivating images.

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#1. Winner of the Deep Sky category. The Garlic Pop Nebula. | Devesh Pande

15 Top Photos From The 2023 Indian Astrophotography Competition

#2. Winner of the Best Mobile Astrophotographer category. The Milky Way Galaxy and the Rajgad Fort. | Aditya Kinjawadekar

15 Top Photos From The 2023 Indian Astrophotography Competition

#3. Winner of the Nightscape category. The Milky Way Galaxy above Stat Tso Lake. | Soumya Banerjee

15 Top Photos From The 2023 Indian Astrophotography Competition

#4. Winner of Best Women Astrophotographer. The Milky Way Galaxy shined above a mountain. | Vidya Vasudevan

15 Top Photos From The 2023 Indian Astrophotography Competition

#5. Winner of the Solar System category. An eclipse on Jupiter. | Sona Shahani Shukla.

15 Top Photos From The 2023 Indian Astrophotography Competition

#6. Runner-up of the Deep Sky category. The Eagle Nebula. | Pravas Deria

15 Top Photos From The 2023 Indian Astrophotography Competition

#7. Runner-up of the Nightscape category. A starry Hanle night. | Thiruchitrambalam M

15 Top Photos From The 2023 Indian Astrophotography Competition

#8. Runner up in the Solar System category. Showing an eclipse of the Sun, the picture is called “Coronal streamers”. | Nihal S Amin

15 Top Photos From The 2023 Indian Astrophotography Competition

#9. Shortlisted for the Solar System category. The International Space Station crosses the Moon. | Shivam Bansal

15 Top Photos From The 2023 Indian Astrophotography Competition

#10. Shortlisted for Best Women Astrophotographer. The Pelican Nebula. | Sona Shahani Shukla

15 Top Photos From The 2023 Indian Astrophotography Competition

#11. Shortlisted for the Deep Sky category. NGC 7000. | Harshwardhan Pathak

15 Top Photos From The 2023 Indian Astrophotography Competition

#12. Shortlisted for the Deep Sky category. The Veil Nebula. | Abhinav Maroti Vitekar

15 Top Photos From The 2023 Indian Astrophotography Competition

#13. Shortlisted for the Solar System category. The Ring of Fire eclipse. | Sandeep Mathur

15 Top Photos From The 2023 Indian Astrophotography Competition

#14. Shortlisted in the Nightscape category. A “cosmic” butterfly. | Naveen Chellaiah

15 Top Photos From The 2023 Indian Astrophotography Competition

#15. Shortlisted for the Best Mobile Astrophotographer category. “Under the celestial canopy forest roads.” | Subham Rath

15 Top Photos From The 2023 Indian Astrophotography Competition

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