Every year, Britain's Royal Observatory in Greenwich (yes, of Mean Time fame) holds a competition recognising the very best photos people take of space. This year's winners include a giant horse and an accidental video game tribute.

The best "deep space" photo, below, was taken by Bill Snyder. If you've ever heard the term "horsehead nebula" and wondered why it had such a stupid name, now you know.

My favourite, though, is this shot, the winner of the "people and space" category.

Mostly because it instantly made me think of:

Other winners include this pic by James Woodend:

And this portrait of the Sun, giver of life and sometimes destroyer of mobile phone reception, by Alexandra Hart:

You can see all the winners at the Observatory's site. [via Neatorama]