Latest photo of Comet Leonard wins Astronomical Photographer of the Year award

Winner of the Planets, Comets and Asteroids category as well as overall winner | Disconnect Event | Gerald Rhemann

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the winners of Astronomical Photographer of the Year for 2022, the 14th edition of the competition. This year’s winning image is a photo of Comet Leonard, a subject never to be seen again from Earth.

The Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition is organized by the Royal Observatory Greenwich, supported by Liberty Specialty Markets and in association with BBC Sky at Night Magazine. In 2022, the competition received more than 3,000 entries from 67 countries around the world.

The competition has 11 categories and this year’s overall winner was selected in the Planets, Comets and Asteroids category, of which he was also named the winner. Taken by Austrian photographer Gerald Rhemann, the photo (above) is titled Disconnection Event and depicts a rare case of a piece of Comet Leonard’s gas tail becoming disconnected and blown away by the solar wind.

It was captured on Christmas Day in 2021 and was the brightest comet of the year. However, he will never be seen from Earth again, which makes his photo all the more remarkable.

“This award is one of the highlights of my astrophotography work. All the effort to make this image a success was worth it,” says Rhemann.

All winning photos, together with information about the exhibition of these images in London, are available on the Astronomy Photographer of the Year website.

Below are the other winning images in all 11 categories.

Planets, comets and asteroids

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Finalist | The Jovian Family | Damien Peach
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Highly recommended | Cosmic Pink | Lionel Majzik

Dawn

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Winner | In the embrace of a green lady | Philippe Hrebenda
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Finalist | Foggy green river | Fred Bailey
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Highly recommended | Winged aurora | Alexander Stepanenko

Galaxies

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Winner | Majestic Sombrero Galaxy | Utkarsh Mishra, Michael Petrasko, Muir Evenden
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Finalist | Arp 271 “Cosmic Collision” | Mark Hanson, Mike Selby
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Highly recommended | SMC and the Magellan Bridge | Mathew Ludgate

Our Moon

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Winner | Plato’s East Bank Shadow Profile | Martin Lewis
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Finalist | Moon: Great Mosaic | Andrea Vanoni
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Highly recommended | An eclipse with a thousand sunsets | Noah Kujawski

people and space

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Winner | International Space Station Transiting Tranquility Base | Andrew McCarthy
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Finalist | Back to the Spaceship | Mihail Minkov
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Highly recommended | Equinox Moon and Glastonbury Tor | Hannah Rocheford

Celestial landscapes

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Winner | Stabbing in the Stars | Zihui Hu
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Finalist | Milky Way from Badwater | Abhijit Patil
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Highly recommended | The Night Highway | Philippe Hrebenda

Stars and nebulae

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Winner | The Eye of God | Weitang Liang
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Finalist | What a blazing star! | Martin Cohen
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Highly recommended | The Center of the Heart Nebula | Peter Feltoti

our sun

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Winner | A year in the sun | Soumyadeep Mukherjee
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Finalist | Solar Hell | Stuart Green
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Highly recommended | A giant in the limbo of the sun | Michael Clair

The Annie Maunder Award for Digital Innovation

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Winner | Solar Tree | Pauline Woolley, using open source data from Solar Dynamic Observatory

The Sir Patrick Moore Award for Best Newcomer

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Winner | The Milky Way Bridge Through Big Snowy Mountains | Mon Deng

Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Winner | Andromeda Galaxy, the neighbor | Yang Hanwen, Zhou Zezhen
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Highly recommended | Moon Mineral Mosaic | Pierre Szabo
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Highly recommended | A Rainbow Rose | Saahil Sinha
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Highly recommended | The Crab Nebula in Hydrogen and Oxygen | Julien Shapiro

Picture credits: All photos are individually credited and provided courtesy of Royal Observatory Greenwich 14 Year Astronomy Photographer of the Year.

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