Overall Winner: "Jupiter With Moons"
An amazingly clear portrait of the king of our solar system, Jupiter, earned top honors in the 2011 Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest.
U.K. resident Damien Peach snapped the frame from the Caribbean island of Barbados, capturing not only the planet's intricate cloud bands but also the disks of two of its largest moons, Ganymede (upper right) and Io. The shot won first place in the "Our Solar System" category, as well as the title of overall winner.
"There were so many beautiful images this year, but this one really stood out for me," competition judge and astronomer Marek Kukula said in a press statement.
"It looks like a Hubble picture. The detail in Jupiter's clouds and storms is incredible, and the photographer has also managed to capture detail on two of the planet's moons, which is remarkable for an image taken from the ground."
Held for the third year in a row, the competition is run by the U.K.'s Greenwich Observatory and Sky at Night Magazine. This year amateur astronomers from all over the world submitted more than 700 entries, vying for the top prize of U.K. £1,500.