A dramatic image of a comet being torn apart wins Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2022
This year's winners have been shared, and are truly out of this world.
A rare photograph showing Comet Leonard’s gas tail as it passes by Earth for its only ever appearance has been announced as the winner of the latest Astronomy Photographer of the Year Competition.
“Astronomy, myth and art come together beautifully in this shot. It holds great value to scientists, as it elegantly captures a disconnection event,” said Imad Ahmed, a member of the judging panel of this year’s competition, and director of the New Crescent Society.
“Yet this photograph, which was taken on Christmas Day, seems to tell an otherworldly story too – it could be the Star of Bethlehem, an angel or a fairy soaring through the night sky.”
The Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year award was won by two fourteen-year-old boys from China. Yang Hanwen and Zhou Zezhen collaborated to capture Andromeda Galaxy: The Neighbour, a photograph of one of the Milky Way’s closest and largest neighbours.
The winning image will be on display alongside the winners of the other categories in the accompanying exhibition, opening at the National Maritime Museum in London, UK, on 17 September 2022.
Winner - Our Sun category
Winner - Stars and nebulae
Winner - People and space category
Winner - Young astronomer of the year
Winner - The Annie Maunder prize for digital innovation
Winner - The Patrick Moore prize for best newcomer
Winner - Our Moon category
Winner - Skyscapes category
Winner - Galaxies category
Winner - Aurorae category
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Runner-up - Planets, comets and asteroids category
Runner-up - Stars and nebulae
Runner-up - Galaxies category
Runner-up - People and space category
Runner-up - Our Sun category
Runner-up - Skyscapes category
Runner-up - Our Moon category
Runner-up - Aurorae category
James Cutmore is the picture editor of BBC Science Focus Magazine, researching striking images for the magazine and on the website. He is also has a passion for taking his own photographs