Last image of Comet Leonard wins Astronomy Photographer of the Year award

Winner in the Planets, Comets and Asteroids category as well as the overall winner | Disconnection event | Gerald Rahman

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the winners of the 2022 Astrophotographer of the Year award, the 14th edition of the competition. The winning photo this year is a photo of Comet Leonard, a subject that will never be seen from Earth again.

This year’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich and supported by Liberty Specialized Markets and in cooperation 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 from the Planets, Comets and Asteroids category, which were also selected as the winner. The image (above) titled Separation Event was taken by Austrian photographer Gerald Riemann and depicted a rare example of a piece of Comet Leonard’s gas tail being separated and carried away by the solar wind.

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

“This award is one of my most outstanding work in astrophotography. All the effort that went into making this photograph was worth it,” says Riemann.

All winning photos, as well as information regarding the exhibition of these photos in London, can be found at Astronomy Photographer of the Year.

Below are the other winning photos in all eleven categories.

Planets, comets and asteroids

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
runner-up | Jovian family | Damien Peach
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
High praise | Cosmic Rose | Lionel torn

dawn

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
winner | In the arms of a green lady | Philip Hribenda
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
runner-up | Misty Green River | Fred Bailey
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
High praise | winged twilight | Alexander Stepanenko

galaxies

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
winner | Majestic Sombrero Galaxy | Utkarsh Mishra, Michael Petrascu, Muir Evenden
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
runner-up | ARP 271 “Cosmic Collision” | Mark Hanson, Mike Selby
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
High praise | SMC and Magellanic Bridge | Matthew Ludgate

our moon

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
winner | Shadow image of Plato’s eastern edge | Martin Lewis
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
runner-up | Moon: large mosaic | Andrea Vanionni
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
High praise | Eclipse of a thousand sunset | Noah Kojawski

people and space

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
winner | International Space Station Tranquility Base | Andrew McCarthy
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
runner-up | Return to the spaceship | Mikhail Minkov
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
High praise | Equinox Moon and Glastonbury Tour | Hannah Rushford

Skyscapes

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
winner | stabbed in the stars | zihui is
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
runner-up | Milky Way with Power | Abhijit Patel
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
High praise | Night highway | Philip Hribenda

stars and nebulae

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
winner | God’s Eye | Weitang Liang
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
runner-up | What a blazing star! | Martin Cohen
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
High praise | Heart Nebula Center | Peter Veltotti

our sun

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
winner | A year in the sun | Sumyadib Mukherjee
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
runner-up | Solar Hell | Stewart Green
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
High praise | Giant at the edge of the sun | Michael Clear

Annie Mander Digital Innovation Award

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
winner | solar tree | Pauline Woolley, using open source data from the Solar Dynamics Observatory

Sir Patrick Moore Award for Best Newcomer

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
winner | Milky Way bridge across big snowy mountains | Lun Ding

Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
winner | Andromeda Galaxy, Neighbor | Yang Hanwen, Zhou Zhizhen
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
High praise | Metal Moon Toothpicks | Peter Szabo
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
High praise | rainbow flower | Sohail Sinha
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
High praise | The Crab Nebula in hydrogen and oxygen | Julian Shapiro

Image credits: All images have been individually approved and are courtesy of the Royal Observatory Greenwich Astrophotographer for the year 14.