New Zealand has some of the most beautiful night skies in the world and a Kiwi photographer is on a mission to share them with the world.
Paul Wilson's awe-inspiring images have been shared thousands of times and are inspiring stargazers from around the world to make their way down under.
He's lucky enough to have a mate with a 4WD, so together they travel deep up the riverbeds under the Southern Alps to shoot images and time-lapse video that no one else has been able to capture before.
What makes his stunning images unique are the epic landscapes of the South Island that serve as a backdrop to the stars: snow-capped mountains, expansive lakes and rocky riverbeds.
So why is our little slice of the world such an incredible spot for capturing the night sky?
"It's winter here when the Milky Way galaxy is at its most visible, meaning more dark hours to get out there and capture it," explains Wilson.
Another factor was the lack of light pollution in the South Island, making it easier to capture the galaxy.
In fact, New Zealand is one of only three countries in the world to have a Gold Rated International Dark Sky Reserve - the Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve on the South Island.
This dark sky reserve is also the biggest in the world, and includes the Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and the villages of Lake Tekapo, Twizel and Mt Cook.
While Wilson's nights are spent capturing the night sky, during the day he's a wedding photographer.
Prints of his images are available to purchase here: https://www.facebook.com/paulwilsonimages/