Astronomy Photographer of the Year: 2012 Edition

The Royal Observatory, Greenwich has just announced the winners, runner ups and highly commended entries for this year’s contest.

You can watch two of the judges discuss this years winners and runners up.

The entire list can be seen on the Royal Museum’s winners page here and in person at an exhibit. Below are those that I really liked – displayed with permission, of course.

M51_The Whirlpool Galaxy

M51 – The Whirlpool Galaxy
Martin Pugh garnered top prize for this amazing photo taken over 8 hours in the Sierra (Astrophotography by Martin Pugh)

Simeis 147 Supernova Remnant

Simeis 147 Supernova Remnant

by Rogelio Bernal Andreo (


Like me, Rogelio is a San Francisco Bay Area resident. Obviously Mr. Andreo has mad skills and dedication to astrophotography. See his portfolio for more work.

Lost in Yosemite [C_033706]  Runner Up - Astronomy Photographer of the Year, 2012

Lost in Yosemite
by Steven Christenson

It would seem that Rogelio and I are linked somehow. We both won in our categories in 2010, and we both were runner’s up in 2012. Above is my runner-up shot. Click the picture and read the story about the lost hikers we met on our night hike up Half Dome.

You can view a slides show of all the photos submitted to the contest here. Warning: There are a LOT of them – 688 in the over teen category (I’d call it adult, but that word seems to have a different connotation).

3 thoughts on “Astronomy Photographer of the Year: 2012 Edition

  1. Samuel Smith

    Hi – would love to get a proper copy of the photo for displaying at home. It is fabulous! Can you give me a shout on email?

    Samuel Smith
    London, UK

    1. Steven Christenson

      Dear Samuel,

      I’m delighted you’re interested in purchasing a print. I have a website set up but I’m in the US and I’m not sure if ordering will work in the UK – you’re welcome to give it a try, however. See:

      I believe the Royal Observatory will also be offering postcards and prints for sale:
      Though they do not yet have the items listed on their page.

      Finally, this image and many others is being published in book form. I believe that should be available soon, too.

      Again, thanks for your interest!

  2. Steven Christenson

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