The Top Photos from the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2022

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The Top Photos from the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2022

The Greenwich Observatory’s annual 2022 Astronomy Photographers Contest unveiled the finalists of the year from around the world.

Competition for the world’s largest space photography

The prestigious contest received over 3,000 entries from amateurs and professionals from 67 countries around the world. Now in its 14th year, the contest will be attended by a jury of experts from the world of art and astronomy.

Photographers seek skyscapes, aurora, people and the universe, our sun, our moon, planets, comets and asteroids, stars and nebulae, galaxies, and up-and-coming astronomers under the age of 16 this year. Compete in nine categories of young astronomers. The title of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 14, which was coveted as the overall winner. The judges will also award two special awards. One is Sir Patrick Moore’s Best Newcomer Award and the other is Annie Maunder’s Image Innovation Award.

All winners will be announced at the online awards ceremony on September 15, 2022. The award-winning photographs will be exhibited at the National Maritime Museum along with selected candidate works.

The prize pool consists of a £ 10,000 prize for the overall winner and a £ 1,500 prize for all other category winners. Top prize winners and highly regarded applicants will be awarded £ 500 and £ 250, respectively, and special prize winners will be awarded £ 750. All award-winning photographers will also be offered a one-year subscription for the next year. BBC Sky at Night Magazine.

Below are entries from this year’s finalist list.

Annie Maunder Award

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EarthCyanotype © Lynda Laird, using open source data from Suomi NPP satellites
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Busy Star © Sergio Díaz Ruiz, NOAA GOES-16, Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI) open source data

Aurora

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Spectrum © Stefan Liebermann
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Solar Wind © Esa Pekka Isomursu
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Iceland Saga © Carl Gallagher
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Electric Wizardry © Shane Turgeon

Galaxy

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Arp 271: Space Collision © Mark Hanson, Mike Selby
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Hydra Windmill © Peter Ward
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Interacting galaxy in Eridanus © Terry Robison

Our moon

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Above the Moon’s South Pole © Tom Glen
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Reverse minerals © Noah Kujawski
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Fly over Antarctica © Andrea Vanoni

People and the universe

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Los Angeles Moonrise © Sean Goebel
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Along the Funagawa River in Spring © Takanobu Kurosaki
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The starry sky of the world’s best national highway © Yang Sutie
Stacks and Stones © Derek Horlock
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Equinox Moon and Glastonbury Tor © Hannah Rochford

Planets, comets, asteroids

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Jupiter’s Family © Damian Peach
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Comet Leonard C / 2021 A1 (Comet Leonard) © Lionel Majzik
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Saturn and its moons © Flávio Fortunato

Patrick Moore Award

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Messier 78 © David Loose
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Radio Telescope © LiuXuemei

Skyscape

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Circles and curves © Sean Goebel
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Crossing Madison © Jake Mosher
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Chidiya Tapu © Vikas Chander
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Ladder to the Stars © Mikhail Minkov
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Oregon Coast © Marcin Zajac
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Diagonal © Kazuma Kiryu

Stars and nebulae

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Suburbs of the Carina Nebula © Ignacio Diaz Bobillo
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NGC 6888 – Crescent Nebula © Bray Falls
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Vera’s swelling waves © Paul Milvain

Our sun

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Solar Inferno © Stuart Green
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Hydrogen gas cloud © Simon Tang
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Partial solar eclipse on Hα line © Alessandro Ravagnin

Young astronomy photographer

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IC 1871 – Little Devil Riding on the Head of a Dragon © Nan Wang, Binyu Wang
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Pickering triangle in a light-polluted city © Zezhen Zhou

For more information on the contest, please visit the Royal Museums of Fine Arts website.


Image credit: All photos are individually credited and courtesy of the Royal Museums Greenwich.

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