Seven photographers who captured images of Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) were named winners in the Comet ISON Photography Contest, co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation's Division of Astronomical Sciences, Astronomy magazine, and Discover magazine. The announcement was made Monday, April 14, 2014, at the Northeast Astronomy Forum at Rockland Community College in Suffern, N.Y.
Comet ISON, one of the brightest comets of recent decades, disappeared on its final approach towards the sun last November 28, when it was a mere 680,000 miles above the sun's surface.
Winners in the photo contest were selected in three categories: 1) Cameras and tripods without the aid of mechanized tracking or telescopes; 2) Piggyback cameras mounted on a telescope or motorized mount; and 3) Through-the-scope telescopic images.
In the "Through-the-Scope" category, Damian Peach, of Hampshire, England, won 1st place for his image titled "Broom Star."