The winning entries from the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020 competition are here and they are spectacular.

Spectacular doesn’t even begin to describe some of these images!

Here’s my absolute favourite:

This image, entitled ‘Questions’, was taken by New Zealand based photographer Paul Wilson. (Check out his other photos by the way, they are simply mind-blowing!)

Looking at the galaxies above us, one cannot help but wonder how all of this came into existence. All this beauty in the universe, all this majesty, surely it must exist for a reason. I know this is a deeply personal question, one that depends, to a large extent, on your faith and how you view the world around you. For me though, the answer is clear.

The Holy Quran states:

There truly are signs in the creation of the heavens and earth, and in the alternation of night and day, for those with understanding, who remember God standing, sitting, and lying down, who reflect on the creation of the heavens and earth: ‘Our Lord! You have not created all this without purpose—You are far above that!—so protect us from the torment of the Fire.’

Surah Ali-Imran [3:190-191]