The best photos of the astronomical photographer of the year 2023

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has unveiled the shortlisted photos for its 15th Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. The stunning images celebrate the night sky and have been captured by photographers from around the world.

This year’s competition, supported by Liberty Specialty Markets and in association with BBC Sky at Night magazine, received over 4,000 submissions from photographers in 64 countries. While that’s three fewer countries than were represented in last year’s contest, this year’s contest received significantly more photos for consideration.

The contest has nine categories: Aurorae; Galaxies; Our Moon; Our sun; People and space; Planets, comets and asteroids; Skyscapes; Stars and Nebulae; and Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year. The Young Astronomy Photographer category is open to all photographers under 16.

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
Emerald Roots Lorenzo Ranieri Tenti | Image selected in the Aurorae category.

In addition to the category winners, the Royal Observatory Greenwich also chooses an overall winner, named ‘Astronomy Photographer of the Year’. The overall winner will receive 10,000, while each category winner will receive 1,500. The Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year also receives a Celestron Astromaster 130EQ MD telescope donated by Celestron.

Two special prizes will be awarded this year, including the Sir Patrick Moore Award for Best Newcomer and the Annie Maunder Award for Image Innovation. The Annie Maunder Award will be given to the photographer who performs the best image processing on pre-existing open source data.

All category and special prize winners will be revealed on September 14th. The contest also nominates runners-up and highly commended entries for each category. All the winning photos will be on display from 16 September at the National Maritime Museum in London.

Selected items

Auroras

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
Arctic Doors Daniel Vi Garcia
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
Aurora over the Great Pollet Sea Brendan Alexander Arch
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
Curtain of Light Andreas Etta

Galaxies

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
NGC 3521: Marchioness in the Sky Mark Hanson; Mike Selby
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
NGC 1097 and Tidal Tails Mark Hanson; Mike Selby
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
Nebulae of the Small Magellanic Cloud Jonathan Lodge

Our Moon

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
Mare Crisium: from light to darkness Andrea Vanoni
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
Ball of Rock Rich Addis
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
Crescent moon in a magical sunset Eduardo Schaberger Poupeau

Our sun

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
Grazing mammoth Rafael Schmall
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
Solar Flare X1 from AR2994 in Miguel Claro movement
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
The great solar flare Mehmet Ergn

People and Space

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
The Chinese space station transits the active sun Letian Wang
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
Dolbadarn Castle, home of Welsh prince Robert Price
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
Derek Horlock Pandora’s Box
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
Sperrgebiet Vikas Chander

Planets, comets and asteroids

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
C/2021 A1 (Leonard) in the sky of Israel Alex Savenok
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
Colorful Saturn Damian Peach
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
Dance of the Moons Damian Peach

Skyscapes

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
Saint Agnes Derek Horlock
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
Solargraph 209 days Ksawery Wrbel
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
On top of the dream Jeff graphy
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
Duna Burak Esenby
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
Comet 2022 E3 over snow-capped Etna Dario Giannobile
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
Celestial equator above the WW1 Louis Leroux-Gere Trench Memorial

Stars and nebulae

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
Medusa Nebula Peter Larkin
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
Pleiones Daughters Andre Vilhena
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
RCW 58: Wolf Rayet Mark Hanson’s bubble; Mike Selby
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
Steeve’s majestic body from the Tarantula Nebula

Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
The Milky Way Kush Chandaria

The Sir Patrick Moore Award for Best Newcomer

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
Oriental Veil: NGC6992/6995 Jia You
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
Radio Polaris Joo Yordanov Serralheiro

Annie Maunder Award for Image Innovation

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
Pluto cassinified Sergio Daz Ruiz

More information on the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023 competition, including details of the next book of all the winning photos, can be found on the Royal Museums Greenwich website.


Image credits: All photos are individually credited and courtesy of the Royal Museums Greenwich.

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