NSF Comet ISON Photo Contest winners
Because Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) dominated the news prior to its closest approach to the Sun, the National Science Foundation’s Division of Astronomical Sciences, Astronomy magazine, and Discover magazine encouraged photographers worldwide to capture the solar system interloper with the Comet ISON Photo Contest.
Judges of the contest considered images in three categories: 1) cameras and tripods without the use of tracking or telescopes; 2) piggyback cameras riding atop telescopes or motorized mounts; 3) through-the-scope images where the telescope acted as the camera’s lens.
First prize in each category was $2,500; second prize was $1,000. Visitors to the contest website also selected a “People’s Choice” award worth $1,500. Congratulations to all seven winners!
Cameras and tripods, first prize
Atish Aman created this panoramic image of Comet ISON just as the Moon was setting over Pokhara City, Nepal, on November 16. You can see our satellite’s light shining on the peaks of the Annapurna Range of the Himalayas. (Nikon D800 DSLR, 50mm lens at f/2.8, ISO 1600, panorama of 14 images, each an 8-second exposure)