In pics: Captivating galaxy photos win big at top astronomy photography contest
The Andromeda galaxy
The top position this year was secured by a photo from the Galaxies category, credited to Marcel Drechsler of Germany along with French photographers Xavier Strottner and Yann Sainty. Their winning image showcases the Andromeda galaxy, and it's titled "Andromeda, Unexpected." The photograph is recognized for featuring a prominent, vibrant blue plasma arc alongside our closest galactic neighbor.