Thursday, December 08, 2022

See the glorious winning photos from NASA’s Photographer of the Year competition

There are quite a few photo contests out there, like this one for wildlife comedy and the one for astronomy. NASA also holds a Photographer of the Year competition. Their contest honors photographers who work for the space agency.

Department of Photography at NASA Headquarters revealed the winners of its fourth annual awards show last week. They show the depth and breadth of what happens at NASA. Each one is a beauty. The contest has four categories: documentation, portrait, people and places.

Photographer Norah Moran received top honors in the documentation division for a fascinating insight into two NASA testers working on lunar field geology tasks at night at Johnson Space Center Rock Yard, a place that mimics the moon’s landscape features and Mars. Future moon explorers will be investigating the geology of the lunar surface.

Two NASA testers try out lunar field geology tasks at night at Johnson Space Center Rock Yard, a place that mimics the landscape features of the moon and Mars.

NASA/Norah Moran

Spacesuit astronaut Thomas Marshburn posed for photographer Josh Valcarel for a dramatically lit black and white portrait. Marshburn had a busy 2021 as part of the SpaceX Crew-3 mission to the International Space Station.

NASA astronaut Thomas Marshburn looks out from inside a spacesuit.

NASA/Josh Valcarel

Goddard Space Flight Center photographer Denny Henry captured mid-2021 action of engineering technician Ryan Fischer preparing a table used for spacecraft vibration testing in Maryland. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the physical work that can go into NASA spacecraft development. It ranked first in the people division.

A Man Works With A Large Torque Wrench While Leaning On A Spacecraft Vibration Test Table.

It takes a lot of effort to adjust the “vibration table” used to test the spacecraft at the Goddard Space Flight Center.

NASA/Denny Henry

The seats category winner looks like a CGI image from a sci-fi movie. Photographer Dominic Hart captured the awe-inspiring view of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels crew visiting a wind tunnel facility at NASA’s National Large-Scale Aerodynamics Complex at the Ames Research Center in California. The structure towers over people.

First place in the seating category went to this view of a massive wind tunnel facility in California.

NASA/Dominic Hart

The top winners are just a small sampling of the tremendous output of photographers documenting NASA’s every move, from building spacecraft to training future astronauts. Be sure to check the second place and third place winners for more gems.

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