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Uncommon {photograph} introduced as Astronomy Photographer of the Yr 2022 winner

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Uncommon {photograph} introduced as Astronomy Photographer of the Yr 2022 winner

September 15, 2022

Royal Observatory Greenwich has introduced the winners of Astronomy Photographer of the Yr 14together with Younger Astronomy Photographer of the Yr 2022.

The general winner of the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Yr 14 is Gerald Rhemann for Disconnection Occasion (beneath), a uncommon {photograph} of a chunk of Comet Leonard’s gasoline tail being disconnected and carried away by the photo voltaic wind. The picture will probably be on show alongside the winners of the opposite classes within the accompanying exhibition, opening on the Nationwide Maritime Museum on Saturday 17 September 2022.

Rhemann’s astonishing picture of Comet Leonard, a protracted interval comet first recognized in January 2021, was captured by the Austrian photographer in Namibia on Christmas Day. Comet Leonard was the brightest comet of the yr in 2021 however received’t be seen from Earth once more. This exceptional {photograph} astounded the judges, who voted unanimously to award Rhemann the title Astronomy Photographer of the Yr.

Disconnection Event © Gerald Rhemann. Winner and Overall astronomy photographer of the year 2022 Winner Tivoli Southern Sky Guest Farm, Khomas, Namibia, 25 December 2021

Disconnection Occasion © Gerald Rhemann. Planets, Comets & Asteroids Winner and Total Winner. Tivoli Southern Sky Visitor Farm, Khomas, Namibia, 25 December 2021. ASA 12” Astrograph telescope, ASA DDM 85 mount, ZWO ASI6200MM Professional digital camera, 1076 mm f/3.6, mosaic of two LRGB composite panels, 400-second publicity per panel.

Gerald Rhemann stated, ‘This award is among the highlights of my astrophotography work. All the trouble that went into making this picture a hit was price it.’

Melissa Brobby, choose and Social Media Officer for the Institute of Physics stated ‘once I first noticed this picture of Comet Leonard, I used to be blown away. This image of a latest customer to our Photo voltaic System has been captured so fantastically. The celebs within the background give the comet’s tail a magical look. I might stare at this picture all day.’


Younger Astronomy Photographer of the Yr 2022

The Younger Astronomy Photographer of the Yr award was received by two fourteen-year-old boys from China. Yang Hanwen and Zhou Zezhen collaborated to seize Andromeda Galaxy: The Neighbour, a spellbinding {photograph} of one of many Milky Method’s closest and largest neighbours. In addition to revealing the colourful colors of a close-by galaxy, stars pierce via the darkness and emphasise the awe and surprise of this breath-taking sight.

Yang Hanwen stated, ‘I feel this picture reveals how attractive our nearest neighbour is.’ Zhou Zezhen stated, ‘I really feel honoured and thank the judges.’ He added, ‘One of many foremost capabilities of astrophotography is to draw extra individuals to fall in love with astronomy by exhibiting the fantastic thing about the Universe.’

László Francsics, choose and Chairman of the Hungarian Astrophotographers’ Affiliation stated, ‘It’s a excellent seize by younger astrophotographers, who additionally show their distinctive expertise in processing a deep-sky picture.’

Andromeda Galaxy, The Neighbour © Yang Hanwen, Zhou Zezhen. Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2022 winner. Heishicheng, Kangding, Sichuan, China, 21 February 2021

Andromeda Galaxy, The Neighbour © Yang Hanwen, Zhou Zezhen. Younger Astronomy Photographer of the Yr 2022 winner. Heishicheng, Kangding, Sichuan, China, 21 February 2021. SkyWatcher 150/750P telescope, iOptron CEM70 mount, Antlia LRGB, HYO H-alpha filter, ZWO ASI294MM Professional digital camera, 750 mm f/5, 17 hours whole publicity


Extra winners

The opposite successful photographs embrace Within the Embrace of a Inexperienced Woman by Slovakian photographer Filip Hrebenda, which reveals the Northern Lights mirrored on a freezing Icelandic lake; Shadow Profile of Plato’s East Rim by British photographer Martin Lewis, one of many sharpest photographs of the enormous lunar crater, Plato; A Yr within the Solar by Indian photographer Soumyadeep Mukherjee, which traces sunspots progressively drifting over the course of a yr; and The Eye of God by Chinese language photographer Weitang Liang, an ethereal picture of the Helix Nebula, which resembles a gazing eye wanting again at us on Earth.

Within the Embrace of a Inexperienced Woman © Filip Hrebenda. Aurorae class winner. Hvalnes, Iceland, 10 April 2021. Sony ILCE-7RM3A digital camera, 16 mm f/2.8, ISO 2500 Sky: 5-second publicity Foreground: 20-second publicity.

One other of the judges’ favorite photographs was The Worldwide Area Station Transiting Tranquility Base by American photographer Andrew McCarthy, which received the Individuals & Area class. It options the ISS positioned immediately over the Sea of Tranquility, the touchdown website for the primary manned touchdown on the Moon in 1969.

Choose Imad Ahmed, Director of the New Crescent Society, described the picture as ‘one in every of my favorite footage on this yr’s competitors. The traditional rocky expanse of the Moon serves as the right background for the inquisitive ISS. To me, this not solely captures our human fascination with the Moon, however maybe hints at a future, the place touching down on its floor might lastly, sooner or later, be a possibility open to all of us.

The International Space Station Transiting Tranquility Base © Andrew McCarthy. People and Space category winner of astronomy photographer of the year 2022

The Worldwide Area Station Transiting Tranquility Base © Andrew McCarthy. Individuals and Area class winner. Florence, Arizona, USA, 19 January 2022. Celestron C11 and Discover Scientific AR127 telescopes, iOptron CEM70 mount, UV/IR Minimize filter, ZWO ASI174MM and Sony A7 II cameras, 2,800 mm f/10, 0.3-millisecond publicity

Steve Marsh, choose and Artwork Editor for BBC Sky at Evening Journal, stated, ‘The world’s greatest astrophotographers have turned out to showcase their expertise and innovation. Fourteen years of the competitors have proven that astronomy is timeless and might stand up to something. This yr has showcased some nearly ‘area telescope’ high quality imaging, with entrants pouncing on celestial occasions as they occur, discovering new methods to deliver us nicely documented objects and exhibiting acute information of their craft. As ever, it has been each humbling and a pleasure to guage these unimaginable photographs.’

 A Year in the Sun © Soumyadeep Mukherjee. Our Sun category winner. Kolkata, West Bengal, India, 31 December 2021. Nikon D5600 camera, Sigma 150–600c lens, Thousand Oaks Filter (White-Light), 600 mm f/6.3, ISO 100, 365 individual exposures (1/80-second to 1/500-second)

A Yr within the Solar © Soumyadeep Mukherjee. Our Solar class winner. Kolkata, West Bengal, India, 31 December 2021. Nikon D5600 digital camera, Sigma 150–600c lens, Thousand Oaks Filter (White-Gentle), 600 mm f/6.3, ISO 100, 365 particular person exposures (1/80-second to 1/500-second)

Ed Bloomer, astronomer at Royal Observatory Greenwich stated, ‘As soon as once more, we’ve had a fantastic yr for astrophotography, and the entrants have produced superb photographs for the competitors. The usual is extremely excessive. It was actually satisfying to see what number of entrants challenged themselves to seize uncommon, not often imaged or transient occasions: there are some belongings you received’t have seen earlier than, and even some issues that received’t be seen once more.

The Eye of God © Weitang Liang. Stars & Nebulae category winner. Chilescope, Río Hurtado, Coquimbo Region, Chile, 8 August 2021. ASA N20 f/3.8 Newtonian telescope, ASA DDM85 mount, FLI Proline 16803 camera, 500 mm f/3.8, 22.5 hours total exposure astronomy photographer of the year 2022

The Eye of God © Weitang Liang. Stars & Nebulae class winner. Chilescope, Río Hurtado, Coquimbo Area, Chile, 8 August 2021. ASA N20 f/3.8 Newtonian telescope, ASA DDM85 mount, FLI Proline 16803 digital camera, 500 mm f/3.8, 22.5 hours whole publicity

Hannah Lyons, Assistant Curator of Artwork at Royal Museums Greenwich stated, ‘I used to be surprised by the standard of entrants for this yr’s Astronomy Photographer of the Yr competitors. Selecting the shortlist was a marathon job, however I really feel assured that the Judging Panel have chosen some lovely and technically refined photographs that can entrance and encourage.’


The Astronomy Photographer of the Yr competitors is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich, supported by Liberty Specialty Markets and in affiliation with BBC Sky at Evening Journal. In 2022, the competitors acquired over three thousand entries from sixty-seven international locations all over the world.

The general winner will obtain £10,000. The winners of all the opposite classes and the Younger Astronomy Photographer of the Yr will obtain £1,500. There are additionally prizes for runners-up (£500) and extremely recommended (£250) entries. The Particular Prize winners will obtain £750. All of the successful entrants will obtain a one-year subscription to BBC Sky at Evening Journal.

The Royal Observatory Greenwich, in partnership with Collins, will probably be publishing Astronomy Photographer of the Yr, Assortment 11 on 29 September 2022 It’s the official publication for the Astronomy Images of the Yr competitors and can showcase breathtaking photographs of area and the evening sky from the 2022 competitors shortlist. Images will probably be accompanied by full particulars together with every photographer’s info, location the place images have been taken and technical specs.

The gathering of final yr’s prize-winning photographs are nonetheless that can be purchased: Astronomy Photographer of the Yr: Assortment 10 / RRP £25.00 / Hardback / Printed September 2021 / Royal Museums Greenwich on-line store.

Shadow Profile of Plato's East Rim © Martin Lewis. Our Moon category winner. St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK, 20 April 2021. Home-built 444 mm Dobsonian Newtonian reflector telescope, home-built Equatorial Tracking Platform mount, Astronomik 642nm IR filter lens, ZWO ASI174MM camera, 12.8 m f/29, multiple 29-millisecond exposures

Shadow Profile of Plato’s East Rim © Martin Lewis. Our Moon class winner. St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK, 20 April 2021. Dwelling-built 444 mm Dobsonian Newtonian reflector telescope, home-built Equatorial Monitoring Platform mount, Astronomik 642nm IR filter lens, ZWO ASI174MM digital camera, 12.8 m f/29, a number of 29-millisecond exposures

Astronomy Photographer of the Yr 14 exhibition

The successful images will probably be exhibited within the Nationwide Maritime Museum, alongside a collection of shortlisted photographs. The exhibition will open on seventeenth September 2022. Normal admission will probably be £10.

See the shortlist right here.

To see extra images and discover out extra concerning the exhibition go to www.rmg.co.uk/astrophoto. For details about coming into subsequent yr’s competitors go to www.rmg.co.uk/astrocomp

See final yr’s Astronomy Photographer of the Yr winners right here.

Greatest pictures exhibitions to see in 2022


Featured picture: The Centre of the Coronary heart Nebula © Péter Feltóti. Extremely Counseled in Stars & Nebulae class. Törökkoppány, Somogy, and Halásztelek, Pest, Hungary, 29–31 October, 23 and 29 November, 7 December 2021. 200/800 SkyWatcher telescope, SkyWatcher NEQ6 professional mount, Moravian Devices G3-16200 Mark II digital camera, 920 mm f/4.6, 13.5-hour publicity (H-alpha), 10-hour publicity (OIII), 10-hour publicity (SII) 


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