Astronomer and judge Will Gater says this about the 2012 Deep Space Photograph winner:
"This is arguably one of the finest images of M51 ever taken by an amateur astronomer. It’s not just the detail in the spiral arms of the galaxy that’s remarkable – look closely and you’ll see many, very distant, galaxies in the background too."
Photographer Luc Perrot says this about his photo taken on a small island off the coast of Madagascar:
"‘Here is a picture of the Piton de l’Eau, an ancient crater filled with water. At the bottom of the picture you can see the Piton des Neiges, the highest peak of Réunion which is 3069 metres tall. I waited two years before all the combined conditions were favourable to succeed with this photo."