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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.

Simeis 147 Supernova Remnant

Simeis 147 Supernova Remnant

by Rogelio Bernal Andreo (DeepSkyColors.com)
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).

Cheese, Emotion and Star Trails

KQED has listed the content of the May 18, 2011 Quest show on their website.  My segment in the episode was taped on March 15th. From left to right below are Josh, the assistant producer, night photo guy (me), Amy, producer, and Helen the sound engineer. Also featured is Helen’s four-footed companion.  It was a fun time – especially since it was pouring rain before we got here!

What’s the Quest episode about? Well this episode (#503H) is:

Science of Cheese/Emotions Revealed
Discover the microbiology of cheese-making, and explore facial expressions with Oakland psychologist Paul Ekman. Plus, see Steven Christenson’s images of the night sky on “Your Photos on QUEST.”

(For a larger/higher definition image click here)

Channels and Airdates:

Wed, May 18, 2011 — 7:30pm
Thu, May 19, 2011 — 1:30am
Fri, May 20, 2011 — 1:30pm
KQED World
Thu, May 19, 2011 — 6:30am
Sat, May 21, 2011 — 1:30pm
Sat, May 21, 2011 — 7:30pm
Sun, May 22, 2011 — 1:30am
Sun, May 22, 2011 — 7:00am
Sun, May 22, 2011 — 12:00pm
Sun, May 22, 2011 — 2:30pm
Sun, May 22, 2011 — 6:30pm
Sat, May 21, 2011 — 3:30pm


My portion in the show is two minutes.  I’m sure it will be much more popular than that recent Prince and Princess wedding thing 😉  Here some examples of my night photography.

Thumbnails of my Night Sky Photos (subset)

The actual photos seen in the show are here.

Here is one photo they used:

South Side [C_009842-75br]

If you give it a watch, I’d be glad to know your thoughts. Especially which – if any – of the photos most inspire you.

If you’re thinking, Steven, haven’t we seen you on TV before, gosh, yes, you might have. I was featured on KGO ABC7 News. And you may have seen the Buzz Films short about me.

By the way, my friend, mentor and partner in StarCircleAcademy.com (photo at right) was featured on “Your Photos on Quest” in July, 2009. Check out Harold Davis’s Quest feature, his BLOG and his photos on Flickr.