. The Big Dipper is framed by rays of light in the skies above Cibiana Pass in northern Italy's Dolomite Alps. Giorgia Hofer's photo, titled "Light in the Sky," won first place in the "Against the Lights" category and was judged the top image in the 2014 Earth and Sky Photo Contest.
. The zodiacal light shines in this view of the evening sky, looking west from northern Oregon's Hug Point over the Pacific Ocean. "False Dusk and Falls at Oregon Coast," by Ben Coffman, won second place in the "Beauty of the Night Sky" category.
. On a moonlit night, the northern lights shimmer over the fishing village of Reine in Norway's Lofoten Islands. "Reflected Aurora," by Alex Conu, won second place in the "Against the Lights" category.
. The northern lights provide a backdrop for Iceland's Kirkjufellsfoss ("Church Mountain Falls"). "Kirkjufell Nights," by Nicholas Roemmelt, is the third-place winner in the "Beauty of the Night" category.
. The starry winter sky over Maranjab Salt Lake, near Kashan in Iran, blends into the glow of three cities on the horizon. "Unlimited Sky," by Majid Ghohroodi, won third place in the "Against the Lights" category.
. Stargazers look up from the Egyptian desert near Fayoum, about 60 miles south of Cairo, in a photo titled "Little Explorer." Ibrahim Elawadi's photo won fourth place in the "Beauty of the Night Sky" category.
. The city lights of New Zealand's capital city, Wellington, look hazy in the fog - but the stars of the Milky Way twinkle brightly in Mark Gee's prize-winning photo, titled "Fog Below and the Stars Above." It's the fourth-place winner in the "Against the Lights" category.
. Southern stars swirl in a long-exposure image of the sky over the Gippsland Lakes in Victoria, Australia. The green airglow and yellow Milky Way shine above rare and brilliant bioluminescence from planktons in the waves. Phil Hart's photo, "Bioluminescence and Star Trails," is the fifth-place winner in the "Beauty of the Night Sky" category.
Learn more about the contest from The World at Night, and browse through the winning pictures from 2013. Which is your favorite? Let us know on Facebook.