Astronomy Photographer of the Year: 2015 winners

Published 1:32 PM ET, Mon September 21, 2015
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Luc Jamet's photo "Eclipse Totality over Sassendalen" was the overall winner of the annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest that is run every year by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in London. Sassendalen is a valley in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic. "The total solar eclipse (on March 20) was one of the astronomical highlights of the year, and Luc Jamet has captured it perfectly," said Marek Kukula, a competition judge and public astronomer at the Royal Observatory. "I love the way that the icy landscape of Svalbard reflects and intensifies the evocative colors of the sky -- colors that only occur during the few minutes of totality, and which make any eclipse an unforgettable experience." Courtesy Luc Jamet
Aurorae category winner: Jamen Percy, "Silk Skies" Courtesy Jamen Percy
Sun category winner: Paolo Porcellana, "Huge Prominence Lift-Off" Courtesy Paolo Porcellana
Moon category winner: Andras Papp, "Full Face of our Moon" Courtesy András Papp
Galaxies category winner: Michael van Doorn, "M33 Core" Courtesy Michael van Doorn
People and Space category winner: Chap Him Wong, "Sunset Peak Star Trail." Sunset Peak is in Hong Kong. Courtesy Chap Him Wong
Planets, Comets and Asteroids category winner: Lefteris Velissaratos, "The Arrow Missed the Heart" Courtesy Lefteris Velissaratos
Stars and Nebulae category winner: Ignacio Diaz Bobillo, "The Magnificent Omega Centauri" Courtesy Ignacio Diaz Bobillo
Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year Award: George Martin, "A Celestial Visitor" Courtesy George Martin
The Sir Patrick Moore prize for Best Newcomer: David Tolliday, "Orion DT" Courtesy David Tolliday
Robotic Scope prize: Sebastian Voltmer, "Comet C/2013 A1 alongside Mars" Courtesy Sebastian Voltmer