The Top Photos from the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2022

The Royal Observatory Greenwich’s annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2022 competition has revealed this year’s shortlisted photos from all over the globe.

Competition for the World’s Greatest Space Photography

The prestigious contest received over 3,000 entries from amateurs and professionals submitted from 67 countries worldwide. Now running for the fourteenth year, the competition features an expert panel of judges from the art and astronomy world.

Photographers compete across nine categories — Skyscapes, Aurorae, People and Space, Our Sun, Our Moon, Planets, Comets and Asteroids, Stars and Nebulae, Galaxies, and Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year for budding astronomers under the age of 16, in addition to the coveted Astronomy Photographer of the Year 14 title for the overall winner. The judges will also award two special prizes — The Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer and The Annie Maunder Prize for Image Innovation.

All winners will be announced at an online award ceremony on September 15, 2022, with the winning photos also exhibited in the National Maritime Museum alongside a selection of shortlisted entries.

The prize pool consists of a £10,000 cash prize for the overall winner and £1,500 for all other category winners. Runners-up and highly commended entries will receive £500 and £250, respectively, while the Special Prize winners will be awarded £750. All winning photographers will also receive a one-year subscription to BBC Sky at Night Magazine.

Below are this year’s shortlisted entries:

Annie Maunder Prize

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

aurorae

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

Galaxies

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Arp 271: Cosmic Collision © Mark Hanson, Mike Selby
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Hydra’s Pinwheel © Peter Ward
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Interacting Galaxies in Eridanus © Terry Robison

Our Moon

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Above the Lunar South Pole © Tom Glenn
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Inverted Minerals © Noah Kujawski
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Fly over the South Pole © Andrea Vanoni

People and Space

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Moonrise Over Los Angeles © Sean Goebel
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Riverside of Funakawa in Spring © Takanobu Kurosaki
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The Starry Sky Over the World’s Highest National Highway © Yang Sutie
Stacks and Stones © Derek Horlock
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Equinox Moon and Glastonbury Tor © Hannah Rochford

Planets, Comets, and Asteroids

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The Jovian Family © Damian Peach
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Comet C/2021 A1 (Leonard) © Lionel Majzik
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Saturn and its Moons © Flavio Fortunato

Sir Patrick Moore Prize

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Messier 78 © David Loose
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Radio Telescope © Liu Xuemei

Skyscapes

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

Stars and Nebulae

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Suburbs of Carina Nebula © Ignacio Diaz Bobillo
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NGC 6888 – The Crescent Nebula © Bray Falls
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The Rolling Waves of Vela © Paul Milvain

Our Sun

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Solar Inferno © Stuart Green
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Clouds of Hydrogen Gas © Simon Tang
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Partial Eclipse of the Sun in H-alpha © Alessandro Ravagnin

Young Astronomy Photographer

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IC 1871 – A Little Devil Riding on the Head of a Dragon © Nan Wang, Binyu Wang
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Pickering’s Triangle in Light-Polluted City © Zezhen Zhou

More information about the competition can be found on the Royal Museums Greenwich website.


Picture credits: All photos individually credited and provided courtesy of Royal Museums Greenwich.

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