Astronomy Photographer of the Year Shares Great Shortlists for 2022
Astronomy Photographer of the Year is a real treat for all astrophotography fans. The 2022 competition has just announced its shortlists, and as always, there are so many great photos in the selection.
The Harvest Moon rising behind Glastonbury Tor in the UK, the Milky Way reflected by the world’s highest national road in Tibet, a partial solar eclipse over Italy, the southern windmill galaxy captured exactly 270 years after its discovery… You will see all this and more among this year’s shortlists!
The 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 over 3,000 entries from amateur and professional photographers, submitted by 67 countries around the world.
One of the topics discussed this year was the impact of pollution and light pollution on astrophotography. Some of them are Sean Goebel from the United States and a young photographer Zezhen Zhou from China, who both had to overcome light pollution to capture their images. “If you’re in a city, it doesn’t mean the stars are leaving you,” Zhou said. “I think this image not only shows the beauty of the night sky, but also tells us that we shouldn’t lose our love of astronomy because of the bad environment.”
Now in its fourteenth year, Astronomy Photographer of the Year selects the overall winner and winners in two special categories. In addition to them, the competition designates a winner in each of these nine categories:
- Celestial landscapes: Twilight and night sky landscape and cityscape images featuring the Milky Way, star trails, meteor showers, comets, conjunctions, constellation surges, halos and clouds noctilucents alongside elements of terrestrial landscapes.
- Auroras: Photographs depicting auroral activity.
- People and Space:Photographs of the night sky that include people or an item of human interest.
- our sun: Solar images including transits and solar eclipses.
- Our Moon: Lunar images including the occultation of planets and lunar eclipses.
- Planets, comets and asteroids: Everything else in our solar system, including planets and their satellites, comets, asteroids, and other forms of zodiacal debris.
- Stars and nebulae: Deep space objects in the Milky Way galaxy, including stars, star clusters, supernova remnants, nebulae and other intergalactic phenomena.
- Galaxies: Deep space objects beyond the Milky Way galaxy, including galaxies, galaxy clusters, and stellar associations.
- Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Photos taken by budding astronomers under the age of 16.
All winners will be announced on September 15, 2022 and we look forward to it! Two days later, an exhibition will open at the National Maritime Museum in London. In the meantime, enjoy the shortlisted images below and check the contest website for more details.