The Best Milky Way Photographers of the Year Show the Beauty of Our Galaxy

Outer space is a neverending source of mystery and wonder, as we still know so little about the world outside our planet. Finding inspiration in the unknown, has always captured artists’ attention and photographers are no exception.

Capture the Atlas is a travel and photography blog that features stunning pictures of the cosmos and their images of the Milky Way are breathtaking. The website even has a section where photographers can consult a calendar showing the best times to capture images of the Milky Way.

Capture the Atlas even made a tradition of featuring the 25 best Milky Way photos on their platform and the initiator of the idea was its editor, Dan Zafra. This year’s list showcases artists from 14 countries and all have a fascination with astrophotography and pictures taken in remote areas, such as Antarctica or the Dolomites.
Besides promoting undiscovered talent all over the world, the website also looks to inspire other aspiring photographers to go out and explore the vastness of the cosmos through their lens.

“Alone & Together in the Stardust” by Marco Carotenuto. The Sahara desert.
Describing this place in words or pictures is not easy because there are many emotions you can feel spending a night in the heart of the desert. Staying in the middle of nowhere, hundreds of miles away from civilization and with no electricity, cellular network, or water certainly puts you to the test. Shooting with your group, you can feel the emotion of sharing moments of humanity, even with those who you don’t know, being present, and forgetting about the daily routine.
“A Night at the Caves” by Sam Sciluna. Ta Marija Cave, Malta, Italy.
I wanted to capture the core of the Milky Way over the entrance to ‘Ta Marija’ cave for years. I tried it several times previously, but I was unable to capture an image I was happy with. Last July, I headed back with a friend of mine to try to get a better shot, and finally make this dream a reality.
“Base Camp” by Giulio Cobianchi. Dolomites, Italy.
I love shooting the Milky Way throughout all 12 months of the year. I must admit that during the winter season, it fascinates me even more, probably because the Milky Way has cooler colors that combine perfectly with the snow, and also because shooting under these conditions is much more challenging.


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