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The World at Night 2013
Waterfall of the gods
The World at Night's "Earth and Sky" photo contest highlights images that show off the beauties of the night sky and its battle with light pollution. The top images for 2013 were selected from submissions by photographers in about 45 countries. This image by Stephane Vetter of France (http://www.nuitsacrees.fr) was the first-place winner in the "Beauty of the Night Sky" category. It shows the Milky Way and aurora over Godafoss (or "Waterfall of the Gods") in Iceland.
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Stars over Salzburg
The city lights of Salzburg cast an orangish glow in this photo, taken from a vantage point in the Austrian Alps by Andreas Max Bockle. This image was the first-place winner in the "Against the Lights" category.
"Crossed Destinies" shows the Milky Way over Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. This image, by Luc Perrot of France (www.lucperrot.fr), was the second-place winner in the "Beauty of the Night Sky" category.
Lake of stars
Stars and city lights shine in the skies above a canyon lake near Globe, Ariz. This image, by Zach Grether (http://www.zgrethphoto.com), took second place in the "Against the Lights" category.
A fireball flashes amid the auroral lights in the skies over the Canadian province of Manitoba. The image from Shannon Bileski (http://www.signatureexposures.com) was the third-place winner in the "Beauty of the Night Sky" category.
The stars of the Milky Way twinkle over the Austrian Alps during a fire festival to celebrate the summer solstice in Tyrol. Norbert Span's image was the third-place winner in the "Against the Lights" category.
"Solar Storm" shows an aurora borealis near Tromso, northern Norway. The picture was taken by Fredrik Broms (http://www.northernlightsphotography.no), and won fourth place in the "Beauty of the Night Sky" category.
Bridging the earth and sky
The glow of Globe, Ariz., lights up clouds above the Roosevelt Lake Bridge. This image by Zach Grether (http://www.zgrethphoto.com) was the fourth-place winner in the "Against the Lights" category.
A total solar eclipse casts an eerie pall over Queensland in Australia on Nov. 14, 2012. The image by Geoff Sims (http://www.beyondbeneath.com.au) won fifth place in the "Beauty of the Night Sky" category.
Spinning under the stars
Star trails sweep over San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge in a long-exposure photo by Rick Whitacre (www.whitacrephotography.com). This image was the fifth-place winner in the "Against the Lights" category.
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