Stunning auroras captured in Northern Lights Photographer of the Year Competition

It’s something that features on many people’s bucket lists, and if you’ve always dreamed of seeing The Northern Lights, then new photos are likely to be right up your street.

Travel photography blog Capture the Atlas has revealed the top photos from its Northern Lights Photographer of the Year Competition.

Dan Zafra, editor of Capture the Atlas, explained: “This compilation is always published in December to coincide with the Northern Lights season and the end of year, and it is aimed at inspiring and sharing the beauty of this natural phenomenon.”

This year’s list includes photos of the Northern Lights taken around the world, including from the US, Russia, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Australia, Canada and Antarctica.

The Northern Lights form as a results of incoming energy and particles from the sun.

NASA explained: “Auroras are one effect of such energetic particles, which can speed out from the sun both in a steady stream called the solar wind and due to giant eruptions known as coronal mass ejections or CMEs.

“After a trip toward Earth that can last two to three days, the solar particles and magnetic fields cause the release of particles already trapped near Earth, which in turn trigger reactions in the upper atmosphere in which oxygen and nitrogen molecules release photons of light.

“The result: the Northern and Southern lights.”

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