Winners of the 2017 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year Announced

15 september 2017

At a ceremony on 14 September 2017 at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, UK, the winners of this year’s Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition were announced. All of the winning photographs will be available for viewing in a free public gallery at the Observatory’s Astronomy Centre from 16 September 2017. ESO plays a part by contributing a judge, Oana Sandu, from its education and Public Outreach Department.

This year’s overall winner, who receives a cash prize of £10,000, was Artem Mironov of Russia. His spectacular image of the colourful gas and dust in the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex, a nebula located 400 light years from Earth, also won the Stars and Nebulae category.

The prizewinners in all of the categories are:

Stars and Nebulae — Photos of stars, star clusters, supernova remnants, and nebulae

  • Artem Mironov (Russia) with The Rho Ophiuchi Clouds  (Winner and Overall Winner)
  • András Papp (Hungary) with One Stellar Day (Runner Up)
  • Andriy Borovkov (Ukraine) with NGC 281 Pacman (Highly Commended)

Aurorae — Photos featuring the northern or southern lights

  • Mikkel Beiter (Denmark) with Ghost World (Winner)
  • Kamil Nureev (Russia) with In Autumn Dance (Runner Up)
  • Ziyi Ye (China) with Aurora Shot from Plane (Highly Commended)

Galaxies — Photos of galaxies, galaxy clusters, and stellar associations

  • Oleg Bryzgalov (Ukraine) with M63: Star Streams and the Sunflower Galaxy (Winner)
  • Bernard Miller (USA) with NGC 7731: The Deer Lick Group (Runner Up)
  • Andriy Borovkov (Ukraine) with NGC 4565: Needle Galaxy (Highly Commended)

Our Moon — Lunar photos, including lunar eclipses and occultations of stars and planets

  • László Francsics (Hungary) with Blue Moon (Winner)
  • Jordi Delpeix Borrell (Spain) with Evening in the Ptolemaeus Chain and Rupes Recta Region (Runner Up)
  • Sean Goebel (USA) with Mauna Kea Moonset (Highly Commended)

Our Sun — Solar images, including solar eclipses and transits

  • Alexandra Hart (UK) with Mercury Rising (Winner)
  • Eric Toops (USA) with Solar Limb Prominence and Sunspot (Runner Up)
  • Michael Wilkinson (UK) with Ghostly Sun (Highly Commended)

People and Space — Photos featuring the sky that include people or influence of humans

  • Yuri Zvezdny (Russia) with Wanderer in Patagonia (Winner)
  • Kurt Lawson (USA) with The Cable Route of Half Dome at Night (Runner Up)
  • Fu Dingyan (China) with Interstellar Travel (Highly Commended)

Planets, Comets and Asteroids – Photos of objects in our solar system

  • Roger Hutchinson (UK) with Venus Phase Evolution (Winner)
  • Tunç Tezel (Turkey) with Retrograde Mars and Saturn (Runner Up)
  • Derek Robson (UK) with Near Earth Object 164121 (2003 YT1) (Highly Commended)

Skyscapes — Photos of landscapes, cityscapes, or seascapes featuring the night or twilight sky

  • Haitong Yu (China) with Passage to the Milky Way (Winner)
  • Zhong Wu (China) with Star Track in Kawakarpo (Runner Up)
  • Bartłomiej Jurecki (Poland) with Nacreous Clouds (Highly Commended)

Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year — Photos from entrants 15 years old or under

  • Olivia Williamson (UK — aged 13) with Saturn (Winner)
  • Kimberly Ochoa (USA — aged 14) with Snake Moon  (Runner Up)
  • Fabian Dalpiaz (Italy — aged 15) with Milky Way above Alpe di Suisi/Dolomites (Highly Commended)
  • Sebastien Grech (UK — aged 13) with Orion’s Gaseous Nebula (Highly Commended)
  • Andrea Imazio (Italy — aged 8) with Rosa Mountain (Highly Commended)

Special prize: The Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer

  • Jason Green (Gibraltar) with The Cone Nebula (NGC 2264) (Winner)

Special prize: Robotic Scope

  • Gerald Rhemann (Austria) with Encounter of Comet and Planetary Nebula (Winner)

Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich, in association with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night Magazine.

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